College baseball notebook: OSU bullpen playing big

Cowboys relievers have allowed just 29 earned runs in 141 2/3 innings for an ERA of 1.84.
by Ryan Aber Published: April 3, 2014
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Oklahoma State is 7-0 in one-run games and 10-3 in games decided by two runs or less.

“There is no pressure,” Battenfield said of close games. “We’ve put so much work into this and we know we can throw any pitcher at any time. There’s really not a lot of pressure. As long as we put the work in, we know we can get the job done.”

The Cowboys have also come back to win 12 times in 20 wins so far this season.

Last year, OSU had 18 come-from-behind wins.

SHORTENING IT UP

Before the season, Oklahoma hitters talked about their changed approach with two strikes, designed to cut down on strikeouts.

It’s certainly worked so far as the Sooners have struck out just 4.63 times per nine innings, second-best in the Big 12 behind Kansas.

Mac James, the conference’s leading hitter with a .400 average, has struck out just three times in 105 at-bats. His strikeout ratio is seventh-lowest in the nation.

Oklahoma takes a break from Big 12 play this weekend with a three-game series against Cal State Bakersfield as the Sooners host “Little League Weekend.”

Friday, fans can play catch under the lights after the game. Saturday, the freshmen will sign autographs after the game. Sunday, kids can run the bases.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Texas snapped a streak of 12 consecutive Big 12 series losses dating back to 2012 by taking two of three last weekend. The Longhorns host Baylor this weekend. … Kansas State’s Ross Kivett hit for the cycle in a win over Nebraska last week. Kivett’s cycle was the 15th cycle in Big 12 history and the first for KSU since 1997. Kivett had a 13-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday. … Texas Tech’s Adam Kirsch leads the Big 12 with 15 doubles, four more than the next-highest total. … TCU’s Brandon Finnegan has 73 strikeouts to lead the league. Finnegan has struck out 12.97 batters per nine innings.

by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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