The Cowboy baseball team regained form and swept the Kansas State Wildcats in a rain shortened series. The Wildcats, who are 8-12, and would be the last team into the postseason, had a rough weekend giving up 17 runs over the two games. The Cowboys had it going on the mound, with Mike Strong going 8 innings and only allowing 2 hits on Friday, while Brad Propst pitched his third complete game Saturday, only allowing 6 hits, A few streaks were also broken this weekend, as the Cowboys snapped both their 4 game losing streak, and the Wildcats 6 game winning streak. Click the Jump and we'll go through both games.
Mike Strong took the mound Friday looking to rebound from a rough outing the week before against Texas A&M, and he delivered. Strong lasted 8 innings, only allowing 2 hits and 1 earned run. The Cowboy bat's gave Strong all the support he would need with a 4 run first inning, while racking up 14 hits for the game, including a huge performance by Zach Johnson, who went 4 of 5 and had 2 RBI's.
On Saturday Brad Propst needed to recover after also being roughed up the previous week at College Station, and did so with his 3rd complete game of the year. He also received good run support in the second inning, when the Cowboys put up 4 runs on 5 hits, and followed that up with a 3 run fifth off of a 2 run Jared Womack home run. Sunday's game was cancelled due to the rain.
After getting swept by A&M and losing to Wichita State, the Cowboys really needed a strong series to get things going again, and they did just that. Now its true, Kansas State is not a good team. But it was nice to see a dominating victory over a team we should beat. Going into the series this weekend against TCU, it's nice to have some momentum, and another Big 12 series win. With only 2 Big 12 series left, the Cowboys are looking to lock up 3rd place and a likely first game against Baylor in the Big 12 Championship. While I would have loved to see a stronger showing down at A&M, they are a good team, who play great at home, and were all riled up after sexing up sheep all day at Muster. With OU losing 2 of 3 to Texas, we have a full game and a half lead on them for 3rd place.
They Cowboys don't have a midweek game this week, which should give them plenty of rest as they prepare to welcome TCU to Stillwater. I'll see all of you again Friday with a preview of the TCU series.