STILLWATER — Dusty Harvard glanced across the Oklahoma State dugout at Davis Duren and jokingly conceded that his teammate probably deserved the tag of leadoff man. Well, through the first inning anyway. "Me and Davis, we’re pretty much two leadoff guys,” said Harvard, who’s been starting things from the No. 9 slot in the batting order. "Once we get through the order once and get to me, it can be pretty dangerous, especially with our speed on the bases. "If we can get on in front of each other and behind each other, we can do some damage.” OSU’s lineup isn’t so much built top to bottom, as it is top and bottom. Duren, the Cowboys’ second baseman, occupies the traditional leadoff spot at No. 1 in the lineup. And he’s among the Big 12’s best, leading the league with 25 stolen bases and carrying a .419 on-base percentage. But Harvard is excelling as a second fire starter. Despite a recent slump, he’s reaching base at a .379 clip and is a perfect 12-for-12 on steal attempts. He’s the one who ignited OSU’s 10th-inning rally against Oklahoma, using his speed and hustle down the line to force a bad throw at first base with two outs. Moments later, he scored the winning run on a wild pitch. "Harvard is going to put it in play most of the time,” said Cowboy coach Frank Anderson. "And run and get on and scrap. "That’s why Duren is No. 2 on our team in RBIs.” Duren, despite being assured of one at-bat per game with no one on base, has driven in 38 runs in 34 games from the top spot in the lineup and currently has a 16-game hitting streak. Many thanks, of course, to Harvard and the guys in the bottom third of the order, who have given OSU a balance of scoring. Nine Cowboys have scored at least 26 runs, with 33 the team high. Of Duren’s RBIs, nine scored with Harvard. "They’re getting on base for me and moving around,” Duren said. "I love hitting behind Dusty. "It definitely expands what we can do at the plate and on the base paths. We can lay bunts down, hit and run, do a lot of things to put runs across.” Top and bottom. Or bottom and top. For Duren and Harvard, this season proves the reward of patience. For both, their breakout seasons have been delayed. Harvard, a senior from Wyoming, had been used mostly as a defensive replacement in center field during his first three seasons. And it was a role he respected. "That’s what I do,” Harvard said. "I pride myself on defense and work on it every day. That’s really the best part of my game.” Now it’s just one part of his game. "You stick it out and you keep working every day, like me and Davis have,” Harvard said, "you’ll eventually be in there and it’ll be your turn.” Duren played a key role on two state title teams at Tulsa Union. After filling a reserve role as a freshman, he scuffled as a regular in 2009. "I struggled a little bit last year,” Duren said, "so it feels good to be able to come up and do a lot of different things for the team this year. I feel good about it.” Now, about clearing up that leadoff language… "Well, right now, he’s more like a No. 3 guy, with all the RBIs he’s got,” Harvard said. "But, seriously, he does a good job at the top of the order for us and gets on base a lot.” Top and bottom. Bottom and top.