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PREVIEW: Oklahoma State Baseball vs. New Mexico

The Cowboys take on the top ranked NCAA RPI team in a midweek showdown

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Oklahoma State is 3-1 after four games into a 10-game homestand. After a weekend series win against South Dakota State where the Cowboys swept the double-header on Sunday, the Pokes will look to continue that success in their midweek series against New Mexico on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Game Info

Location: Allie P. Reynolds

Game 1: Tuesday 4 p.m.

Game 2: Wednesday 4 p.m.

Listen: Cowboy Radio Network

The Cowboys

The Cowboys are currently 9-6 on the season and look to improve on that with a couple of midweek wins. The team is batting at a .280 average. While the pitching staff has been underwhelming overall this season with an ERA of 4.07, OSU’s ERA has dropped down to 1.20 in the last five games. If that continues this week, the Lobos are going to have a tough time earning runs.

Currently Garret McCain leads the team with a batting average of .383. Look for him to get some important hits in this series. This kid can produce RBIs.

On the other side of the ball, Expect Tyler Buffett to come out on Tuesday with Jensen Elliott making an appearance on Wednesday.

The Competition

Albuquerque Journal

The Lobos come into this series with an 11-3 record and a .358 batting average. While this is higher than the Cowboys, if the pitching staff can put in the effort, OSU has a chance. The Lobos pitching staff currently has a 5.24 ERA, which is higher than the Cowboys. Look for the Pokes’ bats to get hot in one if not both of these games.

The offense is lead by Luis Gonzalez with a batting average of .491.

Despite not being ranked, the Lobos are the number one ranked team in the NCAA RPI, meaning wins for Oklahoma State will look very good on the resume. Something else to be weary of is the Lobos’ losses. They have only lost to No. 10 Texas Tech and No. 23 Dallas Baptist, who they lost to twice. Both ranked teams.

These two games should be a challenge for Josh Holliday’s crew, but with the upswing that they seem to be working towards, it could happen. Don't count the Cowboys out because of their slow start. This is a good team that can cause mayhem any day of the week.

Who knows... Maybe the baseball team learned a little from the basketball team and Omaha is within reach.

Why don’t you join us in the comments as we watch these two teams do battle? Thanks to technology, you can watch the game and leave comments all on one page!

Our staff will be popping in for the game and it’s a good opportunity to hang out with some like-minded folks.

Go Pokes!