STILLWATER, Okla. – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros baseball team closed out a three-game series against the No. 24 Oklahoma State University Cowboys with an 8-4 loss on Sunday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The Vaqueros (2-5) scored their first three runs to break a scoreless tie in the fourth. The inning started with a single by senior Coleman Grubbs and an RBI-double by junior Freddy Rojas Jr. One out later, a walk and a single loaded the bases, setting up a two-run double by junior EJ Taylor.
The Cowboys (5-2) got two runs back immediately when Caeden Trenkle homered off of junior Mission Veterans Memorial alum Christian Ramos (0-2) in the bottom of the inning.
The Cowboys tied the game in the fifth on a Kaden Polcovich double before taking the lead in the sixth on a run-scoring wild pitch and a Brock Mathis sacrifice fly.
The Cowboys added two in the seventh on a Trenkle two-run triple and a Carson McCusker sacrifice fly.
That made a winner of C.J. Varela (1-0), who walked one and struck out one in a hitless sixth.
The Vaqueros scored in the ninth on an RBI-single by junior Jacob Hirsh, but that was it against Brett Standlee, who pitched around four hits and one walk in three innings, striking out four, for his first save.
UTRGV visits Houston on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.