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April 9, 2013

Cowboys, ORU to clash at ONEOK

STILLWATER — After two months of success and several weeks in the national polls, the Oklahoma State baseball team got its first bit of adversity over the weekend.

For the first time this season, the Cowboys lost a series — dropping two of three against the University of Kansas — with Sunday’s 3-2 loss in the finale.

Hurting the Pokes Sunday was miscues in the field. Oklahoma State committed a season-high four errors with pitcher Tyler Nurdin giving seven strong innings with two of the three runs being earned on six hits and two walks.

Compounding the problems in the field was OSU’s inability to string together hits. While Oklahoma State (22-8, 4-4 in Big 12) collected seven hits on top of five walks, the Cowboys could only muster two runs — one in the first and one in the sixth — and stranded six base runners for the game.

“Over the course of 27 innings, we played some really good innings — I don’t think Kansas scored in but five or six innings the whole weekend,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said. “... It’s hard to get too frustrated when you show up with good energy and for the most part play pretty good baseball. Unfortunately, it was a case we didn’t do the things it took to win that game Sunday.”

Holliday’s crew, which dropped to No. 26 in the latest National College Baseball Writers Association poll released Monday, are hoping to get a chance to fine tune some of the weekend’s woes with a midweek contest against in-state squad Oral Roberts. The two teams are scheduled to face off at 7 p.m. Tuesday at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, though there is a chance of severe weather in the area.

“Hopefully Mother Nature gives us a chance to get out on the field and prepare the right way and compete,” Holliday said. “... That was the situation we found ourselves in last week (with a midweek Bedlam game being canceled due to inclement weather), but it’s just out of our control. It’s always good to stay out on the field of play to keep the rhythm of the game.”

The Golden Eagles (9-21) come in on a five-game losing streak — including a weekend sweep by conference foe Stephen F. Austin. In three games against fellow Big 12 Conference in-state school Oklahoma in March, ORU was swept — though two of the game were decided by two runs or less.

The Cowboys will follow the one-game contest against Oral Roberts with a trip to Fort Worth, Texas, for a three-game series this weekend against Big 12 newcomer Texas Christian University. The Horned Frogs are 14-18 on the season and hold a 3-6 conference mark.

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