Privateers battle valiantly in series opener at Oklahoma State

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STILLWATER, Okla. – The New Orleans Privateers got out to an early lead but could not stave off a late rally in a 9-6 loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Thursday at O’Brate Stadium. The attendance record was broken with 6,362 in attendance.

HOW IT HAPPENED
The Cowboys put up five runs in the seventh inning to rally from a deficit after New Orleans led throughout the first two thirds of the game.

After the first two batters got aboard on a walk and hit-by-pitch, Christian Encarnacion singled to bring home the first run. Two batters later, a double by Carson McCusker tied the score at 6-6. A Cade Cabbiness sac fly and RBI single by Justin Campbell capped the scoring in the frame.

From there, Trevor Martin took care of the rest of the game for his first save of the year. He threw the final 1.2 innings and retired all five batters with four strikeouts.

DECISIONS
Noah Sifrit got the win in relief to move to 2-0. The loss was taken by Caleb Seroski (4-3).

HOT START
On a special night with former President George W. Bush in attendance, the Privateers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first. Two walks and a single set the stage for Salo Iza who doubled to left center to clear the bases.

The Privateers added two more in the fourth inning with the second coming on an RBI triple from Luther Woullard. At that stage, New Orleans led 5-1.

In the sixth, Pearce Howard blasted a solo home run to center for his sixth of the season. He had four hits in five at-bats to lead the offense for New Orleans.

PITCHING LINES
Chris Turpin got the start and was efficient through three innings. He allowed a run on four hits and struck out three against a potent Oklahoma State lineup. Privateer pitchers combined for nine strikeouts on the night.

NEXT UP
The series continues with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday.

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