Feb. 18, 2001
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State centerfielder Jimbo McAuliff scored on a bases loaded walk off Cougar Lanakila Niles in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Cowboys a 6-5 win over the WSU baseball team Sunday at Reynolds Stadium. After the weekend split against 18th-ranked OSU, the Cougars record stands at 3-6 while the Cowboys improved to 7-2.
The Cowboys used a pair of singles and some aggressive base running to set up the winning score. With runners at second and third, Cougar pitcher Tony Banaszak intentionally walked the bases loaded to set up the double play. However, the move did not work as planned when Niles relieved Banaszak and recorded one out but walked Jose Virgil one batter later, scoring McAuliff to end the game.
"I thought we played a great game, and if we don't spot them five runs in the first two innings we would have won pretty easily," said WSU head coach Tim Mooney.
"The decision to load the bases in the ninth is a move that I would do again if I had to, and if we could have gotten a ground ball, that obviously changes the game."
After a two-run first inning for the Cowboys, senior leftfielder Justin Williams gave WSU the lead in the second inning with a three-run home run, driving in Tanner Kahler and Richard Hall. Williams went 2-for-4 on the day with four RBIs to register his biggest offensive output for the year.
"Justin had a huge day, I wanted him to be a leader for us, and he hit very well against their right-handers," Mooney said.
The Cowboys quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the second, scoring three runs including a two-run single by Brian Kraft to give OSU a 5-3 advantage.
OSU did not do much offensively for the rest of the afternoon, thanks to the relief pitching of Banaszak. Banaszak replaced starter Jamin Svendsen in the second and gave up three hits while striking out four in 6.2 innings to keep WSU in the ballgame.
"Tony Banaszak did a great job for us, coming in the second and going to the ninth. He kept them guessing with his changeup and off-speed pitches, and they just couldn't keep up with him," Mooney said.
Stefan Bailie hit a lead off home run in the sixth inning to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games, the longest streak by any Coug since Jason Grove's 15-game hitting streak in 1999. Williams drove in the second run of the inning with a single to right field scoring Tyson Boston to tie the game at five.
WSU (3-6) 030 002 000 - 5 8 2
OSU (7-2) 230 000 001 - 6 7 0
Jamin Svendsen (1), Tony Banaszak (2), Lanakila Niles (9) and Brandon Reddinger (1), Jon Baeder (5).
Scott Baker (1), Mike Miller (6), Kris Oakes, Shane Hawk (8), Joe Weaver (9), and Ryan Budde.
W - Weaver (2-0), L - Banaszak (0-2), S - None.
T - 2:43, A - 417.
WSU Hits - Hecker 3, Gates, Bailie, Hall, Williams 2, Baeder.
OSU Hits - Brown, Kraft, Virgil 2, Cates, Modami, McAuliff.
E - Hall, Banaszak. 2B - Gates, Cates. HR - Bailie (5), Williams (1), Virgil (1).