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Oklahoma State baseball: Cowboys' Zach Fish back in the lineup vs. Binghamton

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.
by Ryan Aber and John Helsley Published: May 29, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma State's Zach Fish (26) reacts with teammates after hitting a grand slam during the bedlam matchup between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.   Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Zach Fish (26) reacts with teammates after hitting a grand slam during the bedlam matchup between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

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.

CHAIRBACKS ADDED

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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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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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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