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High Noon Highlights (5/6): ICYMI, Cowboy Baseball swept No. 2 Oregon State this weekend

Welcome to High Noon Highlights, a place to catch up on everything you missed in Oklahoma State Athletics.

Oklahoma State outfielder Trevor Boone hits a home run during the OSU-Dallas Baptist game at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium on April 16, 2019.
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It’s High Noon...

How Sweep It Is!!!

The series opener was a pitcher’s dual between Jensen Elliott and Oregon State’s Brandon Eisert. The lone run scored came from the bat of Alix Garcia in the 7th inning. He hit a single to right field that scored Andrew Navigato. That run was the difference in a 1-0 victory. Jensen Elliott was absolute nails in this one, spinning seven shutout innings, only allowing two hits and striking out four.

First baseman Christian Funk led the offensive charge for Oklahoma State in this one. He went 2-3 with 3 RBI and a home run in the first inning. Five pitchers held the Beavers’ offense in check on Saturday. After getting a 3-inning start from Parker Scott, Logan Gragg came in and threw four shutout innings with 5 strikeouts, only allowing a lone hit. The Cowboys took this one, 5-2.

The Cowboys jumped out to an 3-0 lead in the 1st inning on Sunday, but the bats came alive for Oregon State after that. The Beavers scored six unanswered runs to take a 6-3 lead into the middle innings. In the top of the 6th, Trevor Boone hit a game-tying three-run shot, his Big 12 leading 16th of the season. Cade Cabbiness then broke the 6-6 tie with a two-run single to center to give Oklahoma State an 8-6 lead. Ben Leeper closed out the final two innings on the mound, allowing a run but striking out four to seal the Cowboys’ 8-7 victory and sweep of the No. 2 team in the country.

Baseball is not a game that is won because of one player, but Oklahoma State keeping Oregon State’s best player in check for the whole weekend is a big reason that the sweep happened. Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman is the best player in college baseball, and will likely be the 1st overall pick in the MLB Draft in June. He’s hitting .427 with 15 home runs on the season, and is walking twice as much as he was striking out. In the weekend series, Rutschman went 4-10, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts, and only one RBI. The Cowboys not allowing him to impact the game with runs scored is a major reason why they were able to get the sweep.

Oklahoma State Stunting brings home a Natty

This is pretty cool, considering I had no idea this was a sport until I came across the tweet. But hey, Go Pokes!

Cowgirl Softball breaks attendance record

While the series did not break the Cowgirls’ way, the crowd did not disappoint. Sunday became a doubleheader because of the bad weather on Friday. Oklahoma State fans showed up in droves to cheer on the Cowgirls against the No. 2 team in the country. This is a testament to the program Kenny Gajewski is building in Stillwater.

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Song of the Day

I know I’ve posted Turnpike Troubadours every time I have done this, but I saw them on Saturday so they are still on the brain.