OSU baseball: Conor Costello has been critical piece to Cowboys' postseason success

In last week’s regional, Costello was 6 for 12 with six RBIs and two home runs. Four of his nine home runs have come in the last nine games as the Cowboys made it to the Big 12 Tournament championship game and then rolled through the regional to advance to a Super Regional this week.
by Ryan Aber Published: June 4, 2014

STILLWATER — At the beginning of the season, Oklahoma State baseball coach Josh Holliday wasn’t sure how he planned to use Conor Costello.

“We thought he may be one of our weekend starting pitchers, but we also thought he might be our four-hole hitter, too,” Holliday said.

Now, there’s no doubt what Costello is.

The sophomore from Edmond Santa Fe isn’t hitting fourth for the Cowboys, but he’s been a critical piece in OSU’s offensive success near the end of the season.

In last week’s regional, Costello was 6 for 12 with six RBIs and two home runs. Four of his nine home runs have come in the last nine games as the Cowboys made it to the Big 12 Tournament championship game and then rolled through the regional to advance to a Super Regional this week.

The Cowboys open the best-of-3 Super Regional against UC Irvine at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

Costello is hitting .238, but his worth in the lineup has been invaluable of late.

“It’s not necessarily been nothing a whole lot different,” Costello said. “I’ve kind of stayed content with my approach. Coach has helped a lot. It’s been a lot of trust between the team, up and down the lineup, knowing that whoever comes up can get the job done. That’s helped a lot for me being more comfortable at the plate and having a better mindset each and every game.”

Coaches and teammates have noticed a change.

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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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