When Oklahoma State’s Zach Fish slid hard into second base Saturday at the Big 12 Baseball Tournament and was slow to get up, Cowboys fans gasped.
So did Fish.
The Big 12 Player of the Year's absence from the rest of the weekend would be one thing, but missing him in the NCAA Tournament would have been a significant blow to the lineup and a devastating blow for Fish. He’d rolled his ankle before, but this seemed worse.
“I thought I was done for the year, no doubt about it,” Fish said Wednesday as the Cowboys prepared to host the Stillwater Regional at Reynolds Stadium. “It hurt worse than the first time I sprained it.”
Alas, the ankle checked out as a sprain, nothing worse. And no ankle sprain will keep Fish from trolling at tournament time.
“After about 48 hours it was fine,” he said. “Good to go. I’ll be good for Friday.”
That's good news for the Cowboys, with Fish representing the club’s best power bat and a major element to the middle of the order. OSU’s home run (11) and RBI (44) leader, Fish ranks in the Big 12’s top 10 in six offensive categories.
While he might be relegated to designated hitter duties this weekend, just to limit sudden starts and stops in the outfield, the presence of Fish’s bat is the big thing.
And the bat will be present.
Workers spent the early part of the week adding padded chairback seats to the bleachers at Reynolds Stadium to make it more comfortable for fans.
The seats, which were added at the request of Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder, were brought over from Boone Pickens Stadium.
The seats also added another dose of bright orange to the stadium.
“We have a great group of people working hard around here,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said. “Our administration is on top of everything that they needed to be to get this opportunity to host. The field looks great. The facility looks great. A lot of people have done a tremendous amount of work to make this look great for us.”
COWBOYS EARN ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
Oklahoma State closer Brendan McCurry and Fish were named Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-Americans, Collegiate Baseball announced Thursday.
McCurry was a second-team selection, and Fish earned third-team honors as an outfielder.
McCurry is 5-0 with a 0.42 ERA with 18 saves, setting single-season and career (26) school records in the process.
Fish is hitting .320 with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs. He was named the Big 12 Player of the Year, splitting time between right field and designated hitter.
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