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Cowboys facing a base-stealing machine in Louisville

By Andrea Cohen Published: June 7, 2007
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On Tuesday afternoon, Oklahoma State baseball coach Frank Anderson hadn't done much scouting on the Cowboys' Super Regional opponent, Louisville — a quick glance through the statistics was about as far as he'd gotten. In that brief look, one stat caught his eye.

"I haven't done much scouting, but I know they have one guy who stole more bases than we have as a team,” Anderson said.

That would be Louisville's Boomer Whiting, who has stolen 72 bases this season. As a team, Louisville, who OSU will face Friday at 1 p.m., has stolen 149 bases – OSU, by comparison, has stolen 63.

Another stat that stands out? The Cardinals (44-21) have been hit by a whopping 98 pitches — nearly twice as many as OSU. The Cowboys have hit 17 more home runs than Louisville, but the two teams are close in most other offensive categories.

Whiting said the stolen bases and hit-by-pitch numbers highlight what Louisville does best under first-year coach Dan McDonnell.

"We try to play every aspect of the game well,” he said. "All the pieces just fit.”

As for his prolific base stealing, Whiting said his new coach is the reason he has more than doubled his numbers.

"Coach McDonnell was a base-stealer in college, and this off-season he worked on that with me.

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Louisville outfielder Boomer Whiting has stolen 72 bases this season, while Oklahoma State's team has stolen 63. Associated press

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