“I was just looking for a pitch that I could put in play, not do too much with,” Meadows said.
“It was like a little middle, middle-in, kind of fastball.”
Ross picked up the win, striking out 14 in a seven-inning complete game in which he allowed no earned runs, walked four and gave up five hits. He retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced, including nine in a row from the fifth through the seventh innings.
“I started using my curveball a little bit more,” Ross said of his final three innings. “They were getting hold of the fastball a bit more than their first time through the lineup.”
Mendivil took the loss. He replaced Pryor starting pitcher Martinez after Grant Sontag had hit a pinch-hit leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth, getting Brandon Green to ground out to shortstop with the bases loaded to end the inning and preserve the 4-4 tie.
McAlester went up 3-0 in the bottom of the first, with Taylor Mullins leading off with a single and scoring two batters later on a triple by Dalton Wood. Green’s single to center scored Wood, then the Buffs loaded the bases on a single by Ross and a four-pitch walk by Baugh.
McBride then grounded into a fielder’s choice at home, but a passed ball allowed Ross to score for a 3-0 lead.
Defensive errors cost the Buffs their lead in the top of the fourth, with two Pryor runs scoring when Mullins fielded a two-out grounder by Nate Wolfe but threw the ball in front of the dirt at first base. Bradley Nixon later drove in two runs with a single to center that made it 4-3 Tigers.
The Buffs tied the game on McBride’s bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the fifth.