STILLWATER, Okla. — The Wright State University Raider baseball team captured a top-25 win on the road for the second straight weekend. Last weekend, Wright State upset No. 10 Ole Miss and on Feb. 24 beat No. 18 Oklahoma State, 5-4.
In the first inning the Raiders got the game started with two straight walks by Damon Dues and JD Orr and eventually took a 1-0 lead. The Cowboys tied it in the bottom of the first and Wright State took another brief lead in the fourth thanks to a Seth Gray double and a Kyle Casserly RBI single. Oklahoma State responded and took a one-run lead after three straight hits. Kruezer got out of the inning with back-to-back strikeouts and threw a shutout inning in the fifth. He finished the game after that inning, and allowed three earned runs while striking out seven.
Down one in the seventh, Wright State loaded the bases with one out. Gray then singled, allowing Quincy Hamilton and Peyton Burdick to score, giving the Raiders the lead. The Cowboys tied the game after the seventh-inning stretch. They threatened to open up a big lead after loading the bases, but Evan Moores stepped in on the mound and got a crucial ground ball which turned into an inning-ending double play for the Raiders.
Moores struck out two in a scoreless eighth, and the Raiders put runners on the corners with singles by Gray and Chase Slone in the ninth. Gray darted home on a wild pitch scoring the winning run for Wright State. Moores finished off the Cowboys in the ninth to earn the win.
“His change up was very effective today against their lefties and he managed to keep them off balance and close out the game,” Coach Alex Sogard said.
Gray led the Raider offensive efforts in the win, batting 3 for 5, scoring two runs, and driving in two more runs.
“Seth had another great day at the plate and came up big with a few clutch hits late in the game,” Sogard said. “I’m proud of the way our guys competed today after a tough loss yesterday against a very talented Oklahoma State team. It was a big win against a great team. We look forward to a great week of practice and then hitting the road again next weekend.”
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