When OSU’s Zach Fish slid in hard to second base Saturday at the Big 12 Tournament and slowed 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. “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 may 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.