STILLWATER — It wasn’t exactly the offensive output of the first game, but when it came down to it the Oklahoma State baseball team got just enough timely hits to beat Iona 6-1, completing a doubleheader sweep Saturday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
“It was good for us,” Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday said. “We needed to play a good, close ballgame and that was a close ballgame right up until the bottom of the eighth when we put three more up to separate ourselves at 6-1.”
Oklahoma State freshman Donnie Walton went 3 for 4 with the go-ahead RBI double as the Cowboys (16-3) overcame a slow offensive start to score three of their six runs in the bottom of the sixth.
“We knew it was going to be a long day with a doubleheader,” Walton said. “We need to focus up and get runs earlier and get a groove. ... We might have come out over-confident or it might just have been a lack of focus. We talked about it after the game. We need to come out and have that same focus that we had in the first game.”
Iona (2-16) started the second game by grabbing an early lead as Matt Kriss drove in Joe Torres with an RBI single in the top of the first.
The Cowboys had their chances to even the score when two walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases for Zach Fish with two outs in the bottom of the third. Fish couldn’t put the ball in play and was caught looking on an inside strike as Iona starter Steve Basile escaped without any damage.