For the third consecutive set of games, Oklahoma State will adjust its starting rotation.
In Friday’s Super Regional opener against UC Irvine, OSU is expected to start junior righty Jon Perrin.
Perrin (2-1, 2.95) figures to give the Cowboys a good chance to start off the regional with success, especially with Anteaters ace Andrew Morales pushed back a day after throwing twice in the Regional. Morales threw 59 pitches in Monday’s win over Oregon State.
“You’re just trying to evaluate each week and take available information and your gut as a coach,” Cowboys coach Josh Holliday said.
OSU started off the Big 12 Tournament with Tyler Nurdin, then opted to go with freshman Tyler Buffett last week against Binghamton in the Regional opener. This time, it will be Perrin, OSU’s most consistent starter this season.
Buffett is expected to pitch Saturday and if the series extends to Sunday, Holliday hasn’t decided who would start.
Sophomore lefty Elliott Surrey (7-4, 2.13) is expected to start for the Anteaters, with Morales going Saturday.
MCCURRY, MOORE AWARD FINALISTS
Oklahoma State closer Brendan McCurry and UC Irvine’s Sam Moore are two of five finalists for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year.
McCurry set a school record with 19 saves so far this season, going 5-0 with a 0.39 ERA. He has 53 strikeouts and just eight walks in 46 innings.
In last week’s Regional, McCurry pitched three innings in two appearances, with a save. He struck out six with two hits and a walk.
Moore leads the country with 23 saves and has a 1.88 ERA and 38 strikeouts over 43 innings.
Other finalists are Louisville’s Nick Burdi, San Diego State’s Michael Cederoth and Mississippi State’s Jacob Lindgren.
Cowboys outfielder Saulyer Saxon had an eye on more than the baseball when he watched Monday’s UC Irvine-Oregon State game that determined OSU’s Super Regional destination.
Saxon, who grew out a mustache of his own during last season, also critiqued the mustaches of some Anteaters players, especially pitcher Evan Brock and outfielder Ryan Cooper.
“They have quite a few good ones,” Saxon said. “It was pretty impressive. I think they’re using jet black though, I think they’re cheating a little bit.”
Saxon has dyed his dark brown after growing it initially last March. He said he might go with black for the Super Regional to match Irvine’s.
“It was pretty nice and I started hitting pretty well so I decided to hold onto it for a minute,” Saxon said. “My teammates thought it was pretty funny. They wouldn’t let me get rid of it for awhile so that’s why I brought it back this year.”
GILLESPIE NO STRANGER TO OMAHA
UC Irvine coach Mike Gillespie, now in his seventh season at the school, has yet to take the Anteaters to the College World Series.
But Gillespie has coached teams to Omaha five times.
In 20 seasons as the head coach at USC, Gillespie’s team made the College World Series five times and missed the postseason just five times. His 1998 team won the title.
Earlier this season, Gillespie picked up his 1,000th career win.