Oklahoma State’s baseball team went 1-2 during the Frisco College Baseball Classic, with its lone win against No. 13 Texas A&M, 8-5, on Sunday.
The Cowboys started the weekend with a 8-1 loss to UCLA on Friday and the next day had a 4-2 loss to Illinois.
Game 1: UCLA vs. Oklahoma State (8-1 UCLA)-
The Cowboys just weren’t able to make a lot if contact in this one. Their lone run was a home run for Carson McCusker. Parker Scott got in some trouble in the second inning where he gave up 5 runs. He settled down after that, but UCLA kept fighting and was able to score 3 on Oklahoma State reliever Ryan Bogusz. Coach Holliday talked about Scott’s performance in his post game press conference.
“I think Parker not taking a dive early just because things weren’t going his way just shows the maturity that has taken place in his game,” Holliday said. He cited the tempo to the game getting better as the reason why Scott’s game was able to improve as it went on.
Game 2: Oklahoma State vs. Illinois (4-2 Illinois)-
The day got started for Cowboys with a home run from Hueston Morrill. After that, Illinois’ get a home run of their own in the third to take a 2-1 lead. The Cowboys made some contact, but unfortunately, it was almost always directly to someone on the opposing team.
Holliday talked about the contact the Cowboys made.
“We did hit some balls hard,” Holliday said. “There’s no doubt about that. We hit seven or eight ball that were were pretty clean that were outs.”
From there, Standlee would give up the other two runs to make it 4-1 Illinois. The Cowboys got a rally going in the ninth when Mathis scored on a balk to make it 4-2 but the Cowboys would have a strike out and fly out to end the game.
Game 3: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M (8-5 Oklahoma State)-
Hueston Morrill got things going early for the Cowboys hitting a lead off double to start the game. Bryce Osmond kept the momentum going pitching a 1-2-3 inning at the bottom of the first. In the second, A&M would find some momentum themselves and score four runs, one off a wild pitch from Osmond. Oklahoma State would follow that up with a 3-run inning of their own in the top of the third to tie the game at 4-4. McCusker came in clutch with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. He talked about being fueled by his close efforts throughout the weekend.
“No doubt,” McCusker said. “I was struggling a lot early, made some adjustments to my timing and swing and stuff like that. And just overall confidence. I had a lot of confidence coming into this weekend because I know my swing was good and my approach was good so.”
Oklahoma State would take the lead in the top of the fifth on an RBI from Cade Cabiness that scored Carson McCusker. The Aggies didn’t let that last as they scored on an RBI in the seventh to make it 5-5. McCusker and Alix Garcia hit back-to-back RBIs in the seventh to make it 7-5 Cowboys. The Cowboys would score one more on a wild pitch for the final score of 8-5
Next up, the Cowboys will play Missouri State on Tuesday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.