PFB - Takeaways and Tidbits from OSU Baseball’s Series Victory over West Virginia

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Feb 17, 2018
All eyes are on baseball as we hit the midway point of April, and the Cowboys are continuing to make a splash in the Big 12. They traveled to Morgantown for a three-game series against West Virginia, taking two of three contests to improve their record to 20-13-1. Here are some takeaways from this week’s action.

Kings of the Conference?

The Cowboys started the season 8-8, but they’ve gone 12-5-1 since March 16. Josh Holliday and his team have played 13 conference games in that span, going 10-3 (if you include the nonconference Bedlam matchup). They swept then-No. 20 TCU and Kansas State before taking two of three against West Virginia this weekend.

Oklahoma State, along with OU, sits atop the Big 12 standings with a 9-3 conference record. This is remarkable considering OSU is last in the conference with a .256 batting average and seventh with a 5.19 ERA. The Cowboys are winning games in different ways. It’s not pretty statistically, but they’re finding ways to get it done.

Two-Out Scoring Not a Problem Friday

Friday’s 7-4 victory against the Mountaineers was impressive, mainly because all seven of the Cowboys’ runs came with two outs. Michael Neustifter’s first home run of the season came with two outs, as did Colin Simpson’s. Both were three-run bombs, and Jon Littell added a two-out RBI single.

Scoring consistently with two outs does a lot for a team’s confidence. Things can look bleak when there are no runners on the bases and two outs on the scoreboard, but the Cowboys proved they were capable of scoring at any time Friday.

Teel’s (Rare) Rough Outing

Junior lefty Carson Teel has been outstanding for the Cowboys this season, but he got roughed up Saturday. He fell to 4-2 on the season and lasted only one inning.

The Mountaineers sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning. Teel issued a leadoff walk, which was followed with three straight singles to make the score 2-1. A 2-RBI single made the score 4-1 before a two-run triple made it 6-1. Despite the tough performance, Holliday wasn’t too upset. Here’s a quote from him via

“Carson Teel has been about as dependable and rock solid as you can get, and they got to him a little bit early; he didn’t have great feel for the ball,” Holliday said. “But when your leader – and Carson is our leader – has a tough day, you try to pick him up because that guy has been dragging us around on his shoulders for the better part of this season.”

Here are some other notes as Oklahoma State prepares for another Big 12 series this weekend against Kansas.

• Colin Simpson is on a tear. He and Texas’ Kody Clemens pace the conference with 11 home runs. He’s also fifth with 34 RBIs and third with a .624 slugging percentage.

• Scoring isn’t a problem for the Cowboys anymore. They’ve scored at least five runs in every game since March 24.

• Before Saturday’s loss, the Cowboys had won seven straight Big 12 victories, which was the longest streak during Holliday’s tenure.

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