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Oklahoma State baseball: A closer look at the teams in the Stillwater Regional

by Ryan Aber Published: May 29, 2014
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No. 1 OKLAHOMA STATE

Record: 45-16

Coach: Josh Holliday (Second season)

Scouting report: Tenth in the nation with 49 home runs and third in walks and fourth in sacrifice bunts. … Bullpen has been outstanding, led by closer Brendan McCurry (0.42 ERA), versatile Vince Wheeland (1.49) and Blake Battenfield (1.76). … Gage Green and Tim Arakawa have combined for 33 stolen bases. … 11-0 in one-run games and 10-3 in games decided by two runs.

Key stat: 27. The number of come-from-behind wins for the Cowboys this season, including all four of their victories in the Big 12 Tournament.

Starting lineup

Pos.; Player; Cl; Avg.; HR; RBI

CF; Saulyer Saxon; Sr.; .281; 1; 24

SS; Donnie Walton; So.; .297; 3; 34

1B; Tanner Krietemeier; Sr.; .270; 9; 43

LF; Gage Green; Jr.; .321; ; 3; 29

DH; Zach Fish; Jr.; .230; 11; 44

2B; Tim Arakawa; Jr.; .260; 4; 41

RF; Conor Costello; So.; .220; 7; 21

3B; Craig McConaughy; Sr.; .313; 1; 20

C; Bryan Case; Jr.; .241; 3; 12

Rotation

Pos.; Player; Cl.; W-L; ERA; WHIP; K

RHP; Tyler Buffett; Fr.; 2-1; 3.22; 1.37; 30

RHP; Jon Perrin; Jr.; 7-4; 1.78; 1.15; 76

LHP; Tyler Nurdin; Jr.; 4-3; 6.10; 1.99; 30

Closer

Pos.; Player; Cl.; S; ERA; WHIP; K

RHP; Brendan McCurry; Sr.; 18; 0.42; 0.79; 26

No. 2 NEBRASKA

Record: 40-19

Coach: Darin Erstad (Third season)

Scouting report: Back in the postseason for the first time since 2008 when they were a member of the Big 12. … Led the Big Ten in walks and sacrifice bunts as well as in fielding percentage. … Hope to get Christian DeLeon (5-2, 2.46 ERA) back from arm injury later in the tournament. … Have 17 triples as a team, the most for Nebraska since 2002.

Key stat: 25-7. The Cornhuskers record since the beginning of April, including 11-2 in May. Nebraska was 15-12 through February and March before getting hot.

Starting lineup

Pos.; Player; Cl; Avg.; HR; RBI

CF; Ryan Boldt; Fr.; .302; 2; 30

3B; Jake Placzek; So.; .277; 0; 25

LF; Michael Pritchard; Sr.; .311; 3; 46

2B; Pat Kelly; Jr.; .312; 4; 55

1B; Blake Headley; Jr.; .319; 2; 24

C; Tanner Lubach; Jr.; .301; 3; 26

RF; Austin Darby; Jr.; .295; 3; 35

DH; Ben Miller; Fr.; .319; 2; 13

SS; Steven Reveles; Jr.; .254; 0; 16

Rotation

Pos.; Player; Cl.; W-L; ERA; WHIP; K

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
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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