Alright, fresh off a series win against the Husker's of Nebraska, (our first since 1997, in Lincoln), the Pokes return to action tonight in Norman for a non-conference version of Bedlam. Last week I did a quick rundown of our pitching staff so far this year, and now I'm going to do the same thing for the other side of the ball. Also worth noting, OSU enters the Polls for the first time this year at 23 in Baseball America Top 25. We also had another Big 12 player of the week in Davis Duren last week, outstanding work fellas.
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Let's get it rolling with our Big 12 player of the week,
Davis Duren (second base): Duren is a senior, who started 52 games last season while batting .383 and was named All Big 12 Second Team. This season he's batting .318, started all 28 games, has 3 home runs and 16 RBI's. Solid season so far, but last weekend he was on fire. Against Nebraska he raise he batting average 28 points, hitting a psycho .471, with 2 home runs and 7 RBI's. We'll need him to repeat tonight against OU, as they're bat's are hot as well.
Dane Phillips (catcher): Phillips, a sophomore from Texas, is batting .414 this season with 1 home run and 20 RBI's. Last season Phillips started 47 games at DH before moving to catcher this season. Phillips leads the team with 64 hits.
Zach Johnson (first base): Johnson, a junior JUCO transfer, is batting .350 in 27 games. Johnson leads the team in home runs and RBI's with 4 and 28. Also, his brother plays baseball at Oregon State. He was also a 48th round pick by Oakland.
Jared Womack (outfield): Womack is in his second round at Oklahoma State, after playing here his first season then transferring to junior college last year. He's back and hitting .327 with 20 RBI's. Last season at Ranger Junior College he hit .400 and had 21 home runs. His average is down a bit this year, but he's faced much tougher competition, and has managed 3 home runs.
Gabe Weidenarr (outfield/pitcher): Weidenarr, a JUCO transfer from Montana, is also batting .327 this season in 25 starts. Along with that he has 5 appearances on the mound. He's amassed 2 home runs, 33 hits, and 16 RBI's.
Mark Ginther (third base): Ginther, a junior from Tulsa, led the team in home runs and and RBI's with 12 and 58 last season. This year he's down a bit, batting .310 with 3 home runs and 18 RBI's. Hopefully he'll use the Bedlam game tonight to return to form.
Devin Shines (outfield): Shines, a junior JUCO transfer redshirted last season with an injury. This year he's batting .297 in 21 starts (while playing in 4 other games), and has 1 home run and 17 RBI's. At San Jacinto junior college in Houston, he batted .355 his second year with 12 home runs and 58 RBI's.
Luis Uribe (outfield): The senior Uribe is also down from last years form, where he had a .355 batting average and a .584 slugging percentage. This season he's down to .294 with 1 home run and 17 RBI's. He's shown flashes of that hot bat this year, but nothing consistent. If he can come alive down the stretch we could have a great end to the season (which has been pretty good anyway).
Hunter Bailey (shortstop): The junior JUCO transfer Bailey has struggled in his first year at Oklahoma State, batting .194 with 1 home run and 9 RBI's. Last year in junior college he hit .383 and had 40 RBI's, so we know he can do it, he's just not yet.
As far as our defense so far this year, it's been okay, but we have 28 errors (which doomed us Sunday against Nebraska). What's most irritating is our hitting. At times we are unstoppable, and at times we can be shut down. It's hard to tell what will happen from game to game, but over the past 6 games we have been on a bit of a hot streak, and I'm hoping that it's more a sign of guys coming along than it is an anomaly.
Now, on to Bedlam tonight. We head to Norman at 5-4 in the conference, against a Sooner team who's 16-3 at home and ranked in the top 10. Can we win? Absolutely, we have the pitching to keep us in it, but we will need some help from the bats. And I have not heard who the starting pitcher will be for us, but my guess is Andrew Heck, and then a committee after that. I do know the OU starter though, its non other than Lon Kruger. My official unofficial prediction? OSU win's 9-6, and the hot bats continue.
This weekend we welcome the hell cats from Columbia, the Missouri Tigers. Missouri is 13-15 on the year and 1-4 in Big 12 play, and we have them at home. Anything less than a sweep is a failure this weekend. Seriously, Mizzou is tuurrrrible this year. I demand we sweep them from Stillwater (which should be easy since the wind is currently blowing about 92 MPH outside the library).