FISH SITS OUT, CASE STEPS UP
Zach Fish, OSU’s top hitter and Big 12 Player of the Year, did not play Saturday after rolling his right ankle on a slide Friday night.
Holliday said Fish’s status is still uncertain.
“We're optimistic that he'll be able to help us here but whether it's tomorrow or next week, I don't know yet,” Holliday said.
Fish’s absence meant shuffling the lineup and opened the door for other players, namely catcher Bryan Case. Case went 2-for-4 with a home run in OSU’s second game Sunday.
“What a huge, huge shot in the arm that young man's been,” Holliday said. “He played early, he took a backup role in the middle of the year and lately, he's been a huge part of our success, outstanding on defense. That kid caught 17 innings today and blocked a ton of balls. He did one heck of a job.”
TEXAS PEAKING AT THE RIGHT TIME?
Texas’ run at a Big 12 Tournament title fell short, but coach Augie Garrido said he believes his team still has a shot at the College World Series.
The Longhorns are 38-18 and are the RPI No. 7 team in the country. After strong play down the stretch and in Big 12 Tournament, the Longhorns might be getting hot at the right time. Garrido said losing to OSU could end up being a positive.
“It’s a whole new ballgame, and I think this tournament is going to help us a lot,” Garrido said. “That was painful tonight, but we battled our (butt) off. I feel very good from that point of view. I think we have a much stronger team today than when we started this thing. So far this team has shown the resiliency to bounce back from this.”