The Oklahoma State Cowboys return to the diamond today for the start of a three game weekend series against Northwestern State.
OSU is in the midst of a 10-game homestead and coming off what might be their two best wins of the season over New Mexico. Here’s what you need to know about this weekend.
No. 23 Oklahoma State (11-6, 7-3 home) vs Northwestern State (5-10, 1-4 away)
Friday 6 p.m. CT
Saturday 4 p.m. CT
Sunday 1 p.m. CT
Location: Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, Stillwater, OK
Live Stats: okstate.statbroadcast.com
Stream: OSU Athletics YouTube Channel
The Northwestern State Demons come into Stillwater 5-10 overall and losers of four of their last five. Apparently, they love playing Big 12 teams, as they’ve already faced Kansas State and Kansas, and went a combined 1-5 in those games.
The team is batting a combined .214, though they do have three guys hitting over .350 including Austin Townsend who is hitting .400 on the season.
Their pitching staff has an ERA of 6.93 and Kyle Swanson is the only pitcher with an ERA under 5.00, owning a 3.84 ERA.
OSU had a rough start to the season starting out 5-5, but if you look back at Head Coach Josh Holliday’s tenure running the team, that’s happened... a lot. As usual, the team is turning things around, especially on the mound, where they shut out New Mexico this week - allowing only four hits total in back-to-back games. In the two-game stretch, the Cowboys plated 16 runs on 20 hits.
While Coach Holliday won’t announce his lineup until later today, there’s a chance he gives some “other guys” opportunities to pitch this weekend, especially with Big 12 play starting next weekend.
This is a great opportunity for OSU to pick up three wins. Play sound defense, cut down on the errors (of which there have been A LOT) and OSU should sweep this series without too much struggle.