Today is Oklahoma State’s home conference opener and the beginning of their weekend series with the Mountaineers of West Virginia.
OSU will try and get their first Big 12 win of the season after getting swept by TCU in Fort Worth last weekend. That is, if the weather cooperates.
Saturday’s game has been moved to 1 p.m. due to weather concerns:
FYI: Saturday’s #okstate-West Virginia game at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium has been moved up to a 1 p.m. first pitch due to weather concerns pic.twitter.com/I9XmVtmTBY— Cowboy Baseball (@OSUBaseball) March 31, 2017
Oklahoma State (15-9, 11-3 Home) vs. West Virginia (13-9, 2-1 Away)
Where: Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, Stillwater, OK
Friday, 6 p.m.
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m.
Watch: Fox Sports+
Listen: Cowboy Radio Network
Live Stats: okstate.statbroadcast.com
West Virginia enters this weekend’s series 13-9 and winners of five of their last seven.
Cole Austin is leading the Mountaineers at the plate with a .350 average. He has driven in 19 runs on 33 hits. As a team, WVU is hitting .292, but does strike-out out a lot with 159 on the season.
BJ Meyers will take the mound for the mountaineers on Friday, followed by Ben Grove on Saturday and Connor Dotson on Sunday, per the Mountaineers’ game notes.
On the season, BJ Meyers is 2-1 with an 4.03 ERA in 38 innings pitched. Grove has an 3.28 ERA and is also 2-1 on the season in 24.2 innings pitched. Dotson has an 5.53 ERA and is 3-3 on the season.
Some good news in the starting line up, with Jon Littell back at right field. He returns after a scary collison with Garrett McCain in the last game of the TCU series last Sunday.
The big news is that senior pitcher Trey Cobb is expected to make his season debut at some point this weekend, according to The O’Colly. Cobb has been out with a broken elbow. His experience will be huge for a pitching staff that has struggled at times this season.
Tyler Buffett will take the mound tonight, with Johnathan Heasley on the hill on Saturday and Blake Battenfield on Sunday.
#OKState baseball notes for series against West Virginia list Littell in right, Battenfield as Sunday starter. Still no Elliott/Scott/Wacker pic.twitter.com/esEVHLVL6f— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) March 30, 2017
Injuries have been a problem for the Pokes this year, yet they were able to hang with one of the best teams in the nation all weekend and just weren’t quite able to find the win column.
After their less-than-ideal start to the year, the Oklahoma State pitching staff has posted a 3.14 ERA over the last 14 games. Take out the TCU series, and that average drops to 2.36. That is much better than the 6.38 ERA they had over the first eight games of the season.
Garrett McCain continues to lead the Cowboys offensively. The 6-0 junior outfielder boasts a .348 batting average, including 14 RBIs and 26 runs scored. This past weekend, McCain was one of the few Cowboys to find success against a talented TCU staff, going 4-11 from the plate.
Getting Littel and Cobb back will be big for the Cowboys this weekend and could help them get a much-needed series win.