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OKLAHOMA STATE BASEBALL: Cowboys maintain hold on 1st place in Big 12

It may be just a few percentage points, but a lead is a lead.

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After losing 3 of their first 4 conference games and struggling to score runs, OSU has gone on a tear, winning 9 of 10 and surging into 1st place.

Here are the current standings:

Big12 Overall
Team Record Pct Streak Record Pct Streak
1 Oklahoma State 10-4 .714 W6 28-11 .718 W2
2 TCU 10-5 .667 W3 26-13 .667 W4
3 Texas 9-6 .600 L3 30-11 .732 L3
4 Texas Tech 8-7 .533 W3 32-11 .744 W8
5 Kansas 6-8 .429 L2 23-18 .561 L2
6 Oklahoma 5-7 .417 L1 25-16 .610 L1
7 West Virginia 4-7 .364 W1 19-16 .543 W1
8 Baylor 5-9 .357 W1 18-21 .462 W1
9 Kansas State 4-8 .333 L1 22-18 .550 L1

The Cowboys streak to the top of the standings has been largely due to their offense.

After scoring just 1 run in those first 3 losses and only posting more than 3 runs twice in their first 7 conference games, the bats came alive. OSU's 5-3 win over Kansas yesterday were the fewest runs scored by the Cowboys since a 3-1 win over Texas Tech on April 4th. Fish and Green are leading the way for OSU as the only players batting over .300 with over 100 plate appearances. Fish's slugging % is north of .500.

Pitching is not to be ignored, however, as Coach Holliday's staff has only given up more than 4 runs once in conference play, and has held opponents to 1 run or less 5 times. Six Cowboy pitchers currently carry an ERA of 2.25 or less, and closer Brendan McCurry has 10 saves on the season with an ERA or 0.30.

After losing their opening Big 12 series to Baylor, OSU has won the next 4.

You can see complete team stats here.

The Cowboys finish up their current set with Kansas today at 1pm Central in Stillwater. The game will be carried on Fox Sports 1 (FS1). OSU then takes on Oral Roberts Tuesday in Tulsa before resuming Big 12 play Friday in Austin against the Longhorns.