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Cowboys lasso Princeton in Fayetteville Regional

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Matt Clarkson hit a two-run home run
in the second inning and the Oklahoma State Cowboys beat Princeton
4-1 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional.
Oklahoma State (40-18) will now advance to play the winner of an
evening game between Oral Roberts and Arkansas, while Princeton
(19-25-1) will play the loser.
Oklahoma State pitcher Matt Gardner (7-3) struck out a
career-high six batters and gave up seven hits in nine innings of
work.
The Cowboys jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when
centerfielder Keanon Simon scored when Deik Scram who reached base
on a fielder's choice. The Cowboys extended their lead to 3-0 in
the second inning when catcher Jordy Mercer reached base on a base
hit to right field and Clarkson hit his third homer of the season
over the right field wall.
Princeton pitcher Erik Stiller (4-4) struck out 10 batters and
gave up six hits. Princeton's only run of the game came in the
fourth inning when Sal Iacono hit his fourth home run of the year
over the center field wall.