Oklahoma State’s Brendan McCurry is one of three Big 12 closers on the midseason watch list for the 10th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award.
McCurry, a senior from Tupelo, is 5-0 with a 0.29 ERA and 11 saves in 23 appearances this season. His save total is fifth-best in the NCAA.
McCurry has given up just 20 hits while striking out 34. He’s already set both the single-season and career saves record for the Cowboys.
He’s joined on the list by Baylor’s Josh Michalec and TCU’s Riley Ferrell.
Michalec leads the Big 12 with 15 saves, six shy of tying the league’s single-season record. He’s 15 of 16 in save chances.
Ferrell had saves in each of TCU’s three wins at Texas last week and has nine on the season.
In his last six appearances, he’s allowed just four base runners total and has 14 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings over that span.
The winner of the award will be announced during the College World Series.
Four Big 12 closers — three from Texas — have won the award in the nine years it has been presented. Texas’ J. Brent Cox won the inaugural award in 2005, with Kansas’ Don Czyz winning in 2006, Texas’ Chance Ruffin in 2010 and Corey Knebel in 2011.
TEXAS SERIES BIG FOR OSU TITLE HOPES
After winning seven consecutive Big 12 games, Oklahoma State is in position to win its first regular-season conference title since the Big 12 formed in 1997.
The Cowboys are a game ahead of TCU entering this weekend’s series at Texas.
The Cowboys have done it on both sides — leading the Big 12 in both batting average and ERA in conference games.
After the series in Austin, OSU has conference series at Kansas State and against Oklahoma to end the season.
The Horned Frogs host Kansas State and Oklahoma before ending the season with a trip to Baylor.
BEDLAM TICKET PACKS OFFERED
A special four-pack ticket bundle is being offered for the May 15 Bedlam game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The package includes four tickets, four RedHawks hats and $20 in Hawks Cash to use for concessions. The package is $69.99 and tickets can be upgraded to field seats for $89.99.
The package is available through Ticketmaster using the promo code “SOONERS.” Tickets must be ordered by May 1.
The RedHawks are also offering a ticket package that includes a Bedlam field seat, Hawks Cash, a free gift as well as tickets to five RedHawks weekend games for $69.
Those packages can be ordered by calling (405) 218-2121 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The game will be the lone one of the Bedlam series played in Oklahoma City this year.
The Cowboys and Sooners will play twice in Tulsa, on May 16 and 17 at ONEOK Field.
SOONERS STARTERS NOT AS PRODUCTIVE
It’s no surprise that Oklahoma’s starters aren’t as good as they were a year ago when Jonathan Gray and Dillon Overton led the rotation.
This season, with Adam Choplick, Jake Elliott and Corey Copping as the Sooners’ primary starters, OU’s production from the rotation is down.
The Sooners’ starters have a 4.14 ERA, averaging less than five innings per start and no complete games.
Oklahoma’s overall ERA is 3.47, fifth in the Big 12.
A season ago, OU’s starters had a 2.87 ERA and averaged nearly 5 2/3 innings per start. Sooner pitchers threw eight complete games in 2013.
Overall, the Sooners’ ERA was 2.95, good enough for third-best in the Big 12.