OSU activities on non-football weekends tend to get a little lost here on the blog so I wanted to bring everyone up to speed on a few things you might have missed while getting some well-deserved R&R at the beach..
The baseball team swept lowly Alcorn State to complete a 4-1 week headed into the season’s last two series’ (at DBU on Tuesday and home for A&M Thursday-Saturday). Andrew Heaney went the distance on Friday night, running his record to 8-1 with an obscene 1.59 ERA and 120 Ks in 102 innings. The K mark is tops in the Big 12 and second in the country.
Saulyer Saxon and Trey Whaley both collected five knocks on the weekend and Saxon is hitting a toasty .405 since becoming the starting center fielder at Kansas State two weeks ago after Jarrett Higgins was injured on the Wildcats’ ridiculous all-turf infield.
The ending to the softball season was very much a microcosm of the season. The Cowgirls lost in heartbreaking fashion (1-0 in 10 innings) and just one year removed from going to the WCWS will not be participating in postseason play.
Also, while we’re here, I find it odd that 1.) there’s no Big 12 softball tournament (what’s up with that??) and 2.) Iowa State has a softball team but no baseball team. Can you tell I did all my research for this bit in the last nine minutes?! Let’s move along!
Men’s track finished T7 at the Big 12 Championships with Kansas (and just one point behind Baylor) while the girls finished in 10th (last), 20 points (they only posted 38!) behind 9th place Kansas. There were bright spots however, Natalja Piliusina won the women’s 800 while German Fernandez finished second in the 1,500M and fourth in the 5,000M (teammate Shadrack Kipchirchir finished third).
Toni Young also high jumped 6’1.5” (a new school record) which earned her a silver medal. The NCAA prelims are forthcoming and participants are chosen by qualifying marks which have yet to be announced by the NCAA. Sounds shady, eh?
Golf, a sport I know something about! Rickie Fowler followed up his Wells Fargo title with a T2 at The Players in Florida. He dropped a field-best 66 on Saturday to move within two strokes but couldn’t overcome Matt Kuchar’s lead as they both fired 70s on Sunday but the tall Georgia Tech grad held on for the win. Fowler did collect $627K (new dirt bike!!) in the process.
Bo Van Pelt got a little crazy on Sunday as well, dropping a 69-that-could-have-been-a-64 to finish five back at -8 and took home a cool $296K for his efforts.
Hunter Mahan and Charles Howell both missed the cut while Scott Verplank withdrew with a wrist injury.
What did I miss?