You might think of the month of April as the offseason for Oklahoma State sports with basketball over (thankfully) and the football team being deep into its spring practices. However, this is the time that baseball season comes into full swing with the No. 11 ranked Cowboys playing its third Big 12 series against the No. 18 Texas Longhorns.
OSU got things going last night in dramatic fashion, winning 6-3 in 18 innings. Gerald Tracy will have the recap up a little later.
The games on Saturday and Sunday will be carried nationwide on ESPNU. The first time the Cowboys had a nationally-televised game this season was against the then top-ranked TCU Horned Frogs. LHP Michael Freeman threw one of his many gems this season en route to a 7-2 victory.
In Saturday's game you will see newcomer Remey Reed (2-0, 0.42 ERA) start and probably pitch three innings like he has in his last two starts. This may seem like a negative, but it's seems to be coach Holliday's plan to use Reed and Trey Cobb and treat them like they are one starting pitcher. This tandem could become the "Saturday starter" for the team going forward.
Sunday's game will be an absolute treat with Freeman (5-0, 1.32 ERA) on the mound against the son of pitching legend Roger Clemens. Freeman has been dominate at a level OSU fans haven't seen since Andrew Heaney's incredible 2012 season. Many fans will get to watch Freeman for the first time on Sunday and they will wonder where he has been all along, just like I have.
Donnie Walton has finally returned to the lineup after an injury he sustained during the opening series. With Tim Arakawa hitting the ball well and back in the leadoff spot, fans will watch Donnie Walton add to his OSU sacrifice bunts record in these games. My prediction is at least three this weekend.
For the first time all season this OSU team is at full-strength and they get to show it off on national TV.
Saturday: 6:30 on ESPNU
Sunday: 1:00 on ESPNU