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May 15, 2014

OSU set for Bedlam baseball showdown

The Oklahoma State baseball team no doubt has it biggest series of the season, as it can clinch the regular season Big 12 title when it faces Bedlam rival Oklahoma in a three-game series, starting 7 p.m. Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

“It’s a big conference weekend,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said. “They all have had a lot of value and this one is no different. The OU games are heavily attended and should be three great battles.”

The second and third games will be played at Tulsa’s ONEOK Field at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Cowboys (39-13, 16-5) split the non-conference regular season meetings with a 3-1 victory in Norman on April 1 and lost 12-9 in 18 innings at home on April 15. Oklahoma State enters the series with a one-game lead over TCU in the Big 12 standings. Saulyer Saxon said the team isn’t looking to get revenge against OU but is just looking to get a win Thursday.

“We are trying to get better each game,” Saxon said. “It doesn’t matter who the opponent is, we are trying to play our style of baseball.”

Key to the Cowboys’ success has been the bullpen especially their pitchers ability to throw in long stints. On Saturday against Kansas State, Vince Wheeland threw four scoreless innings to pick up his seventh win. Tuesday against Oral Roberts, Trey Cobb pitched five innings and only allowed an unearned run.

“We just stay as a family down there,” Cobb said. “We have our thing and we are all brothers. We pick each other up as much as we can and do whatever it takes.”

While Oklahoma State can clinch its first regular season conference title, the only thing Holliday is focused on is getting a win on Thursday.

“We just got to win one game at a time,” Holliday said. “That’s been our approach all year. If we can do that successfully, we can talk about that at the end.”

Andrew Glover is a sports reporter for the Stillwater News Press

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