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Cowboys Improve Postseason Resume With Sweep of Baylor



After dropping its last two series’, OSU got a badly needed sweep over Baylor in Waco last weekend. This was the first time the Cowboys have taken a road series against the Bears since 1998. Baylor isn’t as prominent as it once was, but I’m sure Josh Holliday won’t mind checking this one off his list.

“Series sweeps on the road are hard to come by,” said Holliday. “I feel really fortunate that our kids have shown this type of toughness to bounce back after a tough patch, play good baseball and hold their heads high and get out there and compete.”

As usual the Cowboys relied on strong pitching performances to get the job done. RHP Thomas Hatch threw a gem on Friday night, going eight innings without allowing an earned run (two unearned) with seven strikeouts, but unfortunately was left with a no-decision.

The game was tied at 2-2 entering the 12th when OSU got the offensive explosion it so desperately needed scoring four runs off the Baylor bullpen. This important Friday night victory set a good tone for the rest of the series.

With bad weather in the forecast for Sunday the team’s agreed to play a doubleheader to finish the series on Saturday.

The Cowboys rode the offensive momentum gained on Friday night for a 10-run performance in game one. J.R. Davis and Garrett Benge combined to go 4-8 with five runs driven in. Every single Cowboy reached base in the team’s first double-digit performance since scoring 17 against Wichita State on March 22nd.

RHP Trey Cobb returned to form with a 12-strikeout performance over eight innings that re-asserted him as one of the least-hittable pitchers in the Big 12. RHP Jensen Elliott was just as dominant in game two, allowing just two hits but only recording a single strikeout. Cobb and Elliott each earned their rotation-leading fourth win of the season.

The Cowboys are sitting in much better position for the fast-approaching regionals with a 22-13 record. OSU jumped back up to 27th in the RPI, which will have them as a solid No. 2 seed in my next round of regional projections.

At 7-5 in the Big 12, the Cowboys are tied with Texas for third place in the conference. Obviously, at 16-20 on the season the Longhorns shouldn’t factor into any postseason discussions at his point. However, Texas Tech is now 11-1 after another sweep and doesn’t look to be slowing down.

OSU is only two games behind TCU with a three-game series at Allie P. Looming this weekend. The Horned Frogs’ only decent series win was a home sweep over West Virginia. The Cowboys will have a chance to launch themselves back into the upper-echelon of the Big 12 with a series victory.

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