Oklahoma State’s freshmen pitchers exceeded the “inexperienced” label in the Stillwater Regional — and then some.
With Trey Cobb’s career-high 51/3 innings Sunday in a 6-4 win against Cal State Fullerton as the highlight, OSU freshman arms combined to throw 13 innings in the Stillwater Regional. They had 12 strikeouts and zero earned runs.
Tyler Buffett’s 42/3 scoreless and six strikeouts in Friday’s win against CSF was also invaluable for the Cowboys, and spot relief from Thomas Hatch and Blake Battenfield added to the success from a recruiting class Baseball America ranked No. 4 in the country.
COSTELLO ON A TEAR
Edmond Santa Fe product Conor Costello put OSU back in the game with his sixth-inning, two-run homer off Cal State Fullerton’s Phil Bickford, who was the No. 10 pick in last season’s MLB Draft but opted to go to college.
It was Costello’s third homer in his past five games and made him 6-for-12 in the Stillwater Regional with two home runs and six RBIs. He drove in all three for OSU on Sunday, pushing his season totals to nine home runs and 27 RBIs.
MCCURRY STAYS DOMINANT
Cal State Fullerton put two runners on in the ninth inning against OSU closer Brendan McCurry, but the Titans couldn’t score. McCurry, who is the OSU record holder for season and career saves, has only allowed two runs in 46 innings this season.
COWBOYS COULD HOST SUPER REGIONAL
As of late Sunday night, Oklahoma State hosting a Super Regional remains a distinct possibility.
Top national seed Oregon State fell to the loser’s bracket in their Corvallis, Ore., regional. The Beavers need to beat UC-Irvine twice to advance. The teams played in a late West Coast game Sunday. An Oregon State win would force a Monday elimination game.
If the Beavers lose, the Super Regional will be headed for Stillwater for the first time since 2007.
OSU OWNS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM