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Oregon State Baseball: Oklahoma State Cowboys Series Preview

Expect to see some high final scores this weekend as one of the sluggiest offenses in the country comes to Corvallis.

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The most important series of the season has arrived; the battle to determine who gets to use the acronym OSU until the team’s meet again. After dropping another midweek game, the Beavers will take on a very good Oklahoma State team that’s looking to secure its place in postseason play. Here’s what you need to know,.


Oklahoma State has been in and out of the top 25 all season, and are currently out after getting swept by Texas Tech last weekend. Despite that, the Cowboys have managed to look very good in an extremely competitive Big 12, with their conference record of 10-8 placing them in a tie for third. The Cowboys have managed an overall record of 25-16, and are not track for some postseason play.

Oklahoma State’s offense scores at a pretty good clip, with their 6.7 runs per game just ahead of the Beavers’ 6.3. This is a team that loves to hit for power, hitting 59 home runs so far this season. That’s an average of 1.44 per game, putting them in the top 10 nationally. Leading the team in home runs is junior center fielder Trevor Boone. Boone has hit 15 home runs this season, and is tied for the team lead in hits with 43. He has a .690 slugging percentage, a .297 batting average and a .373 on base percentage.

The team’s other top batter is junior right fielder Carson McCusker. McCusker sports a .322 batting average, a .407 obp, and a .579 slugging percentage. He’s one of four Cowboys to currently be hitting above 300, alongside catcher Bryce Carter, and infielders Max Hewitt and Alix Garcia. It’s a pretty stacked lineup.

Oklahoma State seems to be in the process of figuring out their starting rotation, which I’m sure Beaver fans can sympathize with. They’ve got a solid Friday starter in Jensen Elliott, who has worked a 5-3 record over 11 starts. Elliott currently has a 4.57 ERA.

After that, things get a bit tricky. Redshirt freshman Brett Standlee has gotten the next most starts, with 7, and has a 2-1 record. While Standlee has produced a 3.73 ERA so far this season, he’s been inconsistent, and the Cowboys tend to pull him early or otherwise limit his pitches. The Cowboys have also been trying out reliever Parker Scott has a starter, and while he has performed well at times, he got pretty banged up by Texas Tech last week.


Conclusion

I don’t think we’re getting another sweep this weekend. Oklahoma State’s got a very strong lineup, and with how shaky the Beavers pitching has been lately, it’s going to be a tough series. The Beavers are still the favorites, and if Brandon Eisert can get back to his early season form, that would be a big help. The Friday game is going to be very telling.

Schedule

  • Game 1: Friday, May 3rd - 5:35 PM PT
  • Game 2: Saturday, May 4th - 6:00 PM PT
  • Game 3: Sunnday, May 5th - 12:00 PM PT

How to Watch

Friday’s game will be a Pac 12 Plus live stream. Saturday and Sunday’s games will be onn the Pac 12 Networks.

How to Listen

Oregon State All Access will be carrying this weekend’s games. For all full list of radio stations that will be carrying the games, check out the press notes put out by the university.

Stats

Live stas will be available here.