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Bedlam baseball notebook: Longer is stronger for OSU pitcher Andrew Heaney

The former Putnam City High School standout said he did not have his best stuff early Friday against OU. But it didn't make much of a difference as the Cowboys blanked the Sooners.
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: May 4, 2012

Cowboys pitcher Andrew Heaney said he didn't have his best stuff early Friday night against OU, even though any struggles were hardly apparent.

“Probably the first three innings,” Heaney said, “I wasn't throwing my slider very well, wasn't throwing my changeup for a strike. So it was kind of limiting me on pitches I could throw.”

From the fourth inning on, however, Heaney was dialed in, allowing but two baserunners, both of whom were erased on double plays.

“After the third, I hit a rhythm and ran with it,” he said.

Cowboys coach Frank Anderson said the ability to adjust is what makes Heaney special.

“When you can make that change in the middle of a game and turn it around, where you can start burying that slider, that's when you're pretty special. I've only had a handful of guys who can do that – and do it in the middle of the game.

“Most guys panic right there.”

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Game 2 of the series shifts to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark Saturday, with a 7:07 p.m. first pitch.

The Cowboys are expected to send left-hander Kyle Ottoson (4-5, 3.12 ERA) to the mound, while the Sooners go with right-hander Jonathan Gray (4-4, 4.23 ERA).

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