Central Heights alum's hit not enough for OSU

LOS ANGELES - Oklahoma State dropped its first game of the season Sunday at Dodger Stadium, losing a 7-6 contest against 30th-ranked Vanderbilt at the Dodgertown Classic.

The Cowboys got the tying run on in the bottom of the ninth inning when Dusty Harvard singled to lead off the frame, but he failed to advance as OSU fell to 1-1 on the season.

Davis Duren, Dean Green and Nico Rosthenhausler led the Cowboys' offense with two hits apiece, while Thomas Keeling suffered the loss on the mound after lasting just 1.2 innings.

OSU fell behind early as Vanderbilt tagged Keeling for three runs in the opening frame.

Brian Harris led off the game with a single, and after Bryan Johns was hit by a pitch, Aaron Westlake doubled into the left-center field gap to put the Commodores up 2-0. Vandy added its third run of the inning on an RBI single by Andrew Giobbi.

The Cowboys answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the first. Duren led off with a single and promptly stole second, then took third on a throwing error by the catcher. Up next, Kevin David delivered a sacrifice fly to right field to bring Duren home and make the score 3-1.

Vandy (6-1) continued its scoring surge in the second inning, and again it was Westlake doing the damage as he blasted a two-run home run to right field to put the Commodores up by a 5-1 count. Curt Casali followed Westlake with a double, ending Keeling's day.

The score remained 5-1 until the bottom of the fourth when OSU mounted a three-run rally. Tom Belza led off the inning with a single and after a walk and an error loaded the bases, Green ripped a single through the right side to bring home two runs.

OSU added another run to make the score 5-4 when Rosthenhausler scored from third on a double play later in the fourth.

In the sixth, Vandy tallied two more runs. The Commodores loaded the bases against Matt Klein before Andrew Heaney came in and uncorked a wild pitch to bring home VU's sixth run. Heaney then walked two-straight batters to push OSU's deficit to 7-4.

The Cowboys threatened in the bottom of the sixth, but Belza was thrown out trying to go from first to third on a single and OSU left a pair of runners stranded on the bases.

Still trailing 7-4, OSU got back on the scoreboard in the eighth with a two-out rally. Mark Ginther got things started with a walk and a single and another walk loaded the bases. That brought former Central Heights Blue Devil Dane Phillips to the plate, and the freshman delivered. After working the count full, Phillips fouled off five pitches before delivering a two-RBI single to left to pull the Cowboys to within a run.

Reliever Richie Goodenow picked up the win on the mound for VU, while Russell Brewer earned his first save of the season.

OSU returns to action Friday when they open play at the Dairy Queen Classic in Minneapolis. The Cowboys take on Northwestern at 12:15 p.m. in the Metrodome.