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June 7, 2014

OSU one loss from the end: Cowboys fall to Anteaters in Game 1 of Super Regional

STILLWATER – The University of California Irvine moved to within one game of the College World Series with an 8-4 win over Oklahoma State in Game 1 of the Stillwater Super Regional on Friday.

The Anteaters (39-23), who eliminated top-seeded Oregon State last weekend in the regional, can punch their ticket to Omaha at 9 p.m. today with a win over the Cowboys (48-17). Oklahoma State will need a win tonight to extend its season and force the “if necessary” game which will take place at 8 p.m. Sunday.

OSU got on the board in the bottom of the first when Zach Fish, the Big 12 Player of the Year, doubled down the left field line, moving Donnie Walton, who had reached on an error, to third. Tanner Krietemeier brought home Walton with the first run of the game on a ground out to second, making the score 1-0.

The Anteaters took control of the game in the fourth inning with two runs for a 2-1 lead. Jerry McClanahan led off the inning with a single and, after Kris Paulino was hit by a pitch, Adam Alcantra drove home both runners with an infield single.

UC-Irvine added three runs in the fifth inning on a double by Taylor Sparks, a single by Connor Spencer scoring Sparks, and back-to-back wild pitches from OSU starter Jon Perrin, scoring Chris Rabago, who had reached on an error, and Spencer to make the score 5-1.

Perrin finished the night pitching five innings, giving up five runs, three earned, on five hits and one strikeout.

The Anteaters put some more distance between them and the Cowboys with two runs in the sixth inning. Rabago squeezed home the first run of the inning, scoring Paulino who had singled to open the inning, and McClanahan walked with the bases loaded to score Justin Castro to make the score 7-1.

After UC-Irvine made the score 8-1 in the eighth on a steal of home by Sparks, OSU began to mount a comeback in the bottom of the frame.

Walton began the rally with a single to right and Fish reached on an error. Krietemeier cleared the basses with home run down the left field line to make the score 8-4.

The Cowboys would eventually load the bases in the eighth inning, bringing the tying run to the plate. But Bryan Case would ground into a 5-4-3 double play to end the rally.

Krietemeier and Walton led the Cowboys as both went 2-for-4 for the game. Walton scored two runs while Krietemeier drove in four.

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