The Norman Transcript

March 16, 2014

Pokes slip by Broncs

By Derek Brown
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Down by one, bottom of the ninth with two outs, a full count and the bases loaded sounds like a childhood fantasy to get the game-winning hit. For Tim Arakawa it was reality on Saturday afternoon.

Arakawa connected and sent the ball to right field which allowed Ryan Sluder and Gage Green to come home to end the game on a walk-off single and two RBIs for the 7-6 victory over Texas-Pan American. When Arakawa stepped up to the plate for the final hit he said he had some nerves.

“You’re always nervous when you’re going up with the bases loaded with two out down one but you have to calm those nerves and take a few deep breaths and ask my ‘Lord Jesus help me out on this one.’ and he came through for me,” Arakawa said.

The 15th ranked Cowboys have won two games in a row by just one run. Oklahoma State knows that in the future being able to get clutch hits and come away with tight-knit wins bodes well for the rest of the season.

“Most of the time you can look back on a season and your record in one-run games will really tell the story of where you ultimately land. Winning those one-run games versus coming up an out short can really be the difference,” Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday said. “Winning one-run baseball is usually what great teams find a way to do. Losing close games is usually a result of being a little bit short in some phase of the game. One-run games are critical.”

Thomas Hatch started the game on the bump for OSU and threw 4.1 innings and earned four strikeouts. Trey Cobb tossed 3.1 innings and got six Broncs swinging. Brendan McCurry entered the game and got the final out to get the win. 

The Broncs came out swinging early. Texas-Pan American earned a double and a triple in the first inning. Edgar Cordon hit in Victor Garcia Jr. and Alberto Morales with a triple to the right field wall. UTPA led 2-0 after one inning.

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