OSU baseball week in review: Cowboys have shaky start
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State’s baseball team is still in Phoenix, but its season did not get off to a hot start.
The Cowboys dropped two of their three games at Grand Canyon University over the weekend, falling eight spots to No. 24 in Baseball America’s top-25 poll and entirely out of the d1baseball.com top 25.
OSU has one more game in Phoenix against Arizona State before returning home to play Texas-Rio Grande Valley for a three-game series this weekend at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Week record: 1-2
Season record: 1-2
The week ahead: at Arizona State (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.); vs. Texas-Rio Grande Valley (4 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday)
OSU started two true freshmen on the mound this weekend, and both struggled.
Jenks product Bryce Osmond’s opening-night start lasted just two innings. He allowed five runs — three earned — on five hits and two walks. He did strike out four batters.
On Sunday, big right-hander Justin Campbell had a similar result in three innings, allowing five total runs — all earned — on four hits and two walks. He also struck out four.
But this is a good experience for the talented pitchers. Debuting on the road is always tough, no matter the opponent.
Also, not all was bad for freshmen pitchers.
Westmoore product Kale Davis threw four strong innings behind Osmond, allowing two runs and striking out five. Reliever Ryan Bogusz also closed the game, recording the final two outs. Wyatt Cheney also debuted on Sunday, allowing two runs — one earned — in an inning of work.
Just like old times
As the rookie pitchers struggled, the veterans shined.
Left-handed ace Parker Scott started Saturday and looked like he was already near mid-season form.
Scott held Grand Canyon to two total runs, including just one that was earned, over six innings. He allowed seven hits and struck out four, using his craftiness to work through the lineup.
Then, he turned the ball over to Brett Standlee, who fired two shutout innings. Closer Ben Leeper was a little shaky — allowing two runs, two hits and two walks — in the ninth, but he was able to close out the lone win.
It’s a formula the Cowboys likely turn to often this season — three veterans and a win.
Max Hewitt’s move to catcher was on full display.
The senior infielder caught two of the three games and had little trouble, outside of wild pitches from Campbell and Wyatt Cheney.
And at the plate Hewitt was on fire.
In three games, he went 6 for 10 with two walks, a double, RBI and run scored. He was the designated hitter in the opener, going 2 for 3 with the double, RBI and run.
Also, Alix Garcia (4 for 11), Jake Thompson (4 for 12) and Kaden Polcovich (4 for 13) had big weekends at the plate.