OSU’s Simpson Hits Two Homers In Win Over WVU
By Brian McCracken
The first inning of Thursday’s match-up between West Virginia and Oklahoma State was indicative of what was to come the rest of the night – WVU experienced some rocky pitching, failed to capitalize with runners in scoring position and OSU’s Colin Simpson came through with power at a big moment.
Simpson, who has been a thorn in West Virginia’s side all season, blasted his first of two home runs in the top of the first inning when he took a 3-1 pitch to deep right field for a two run homer.
The 2-0 Cowboy lead held until the fourth as the Mountaineers failed to capitalize with runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings. Each team added a run in the fourth, OSU on a fielder’s choice and WVU on a Brandon White ground out that brought home Braden Zarbnisky.
In the fifth OSU added two more when Dustin Williams scored Simpson on a one out single and first baseman Ryan Sluder brought Williams home a few batters later. In the home half of the inning the Mountaineers got one back when Braden Zarbisky brought home Jackson Cramer on a run down the third base line to cut the deficit to 5-2.
The top of the sixth saw Simpson strike again, however, as the catcher blasted a three run shot to deep center to extend OSU’s lead t0 8-2. West Virginia battled back and earned a pair of runs on a Darius Hill RBI single and a Cole Austin sac fly, but the Mountaineers failed to register another run in the rest of the game and the 8-4 score held.
Tyler Buffett (6-5) earned his second win of the season over West Virginia and Mountaineer starter B.J. Myers (4-4) suffered his fourth loss of the year after pitching just two innings.
Braden Zarbnisky was once again excellent as he led the Mountaineers with four hits, but the Mountaineers were no match for Colin Simpson and the Cowboys (Simpson finished his night four hits, two home runs and five RBIs).
West Virginia will take on Texas Tech on Friday at 4:15 p.m. ET in a Big 12 elimination game.