Cowboys take game two from 'Cats

Josh Fields racked up three hits for the Cowboys and after struggling in the first inning, starting pitcher Spencer Grogan was able to contain the Wilcat hitters.

Oklahoma State's offense displayed patience Saturday as they scored eight runs with two outs on the board, defeating the Kansas State Wildcats 11-1.


Cowboy first baseman Josh Fields epitomized this patience, connecting for three base hits and drawing one walk.


"I told him last week, we'll take a .400 hitter over a guy that's trying to hit 30 home runs," OSU coach Tom Holliday said. "He made a little adjustment in his swing, and he's taking his base hits."


Fields, one of the Cowboys' power hitters, hasn't received many good home-run pitches -- forcing him to adjust, Holliday said.


"His home runs are gonna happen, but right now just continue to build our hit count and roll the lineup over," Holliday said. "He's swingin' the bat good."


Fields, along with the rest of the offense, flustered the pitching staff for KSU (10-18, 0-8 Big 12).Wildcat starting pitcher Sean Clancy struggled mightily giving up nine runs, five earned, and striking out no one. The Cowboys (20-9, 6-2) posted 14 hits on the afternoon.


"We wondered through about 15 games if we were ever going to get 14 hits in one game," Holliday said. "The at bats are better. We're getting walks that we didn't get earlier."


First baseman John Urick posted another solid performance as well, driving in five runs.


"Urick is one of those guys that hits it where it's pitched," Holliday said. "He never tries to do too much."


The Cowboys had a much more challenging game on the defensive side, despite allowing only one run.


Starting pitcher Spencer Grogan pitched seven innings with no earned runs but did so with difficulty partly due to the weather.


"He just never got loose," Holliday said. "In fact we had to make him throw the ball on the sidelines, and make him throw it hard, just so he could go to the mound and try to get a sweat going, but he never broke a sweat."


However, Grogan did have highlights. KSU shortstop Brett Williams swung on three consecutive pitches in the sixth inning, and Grogan smoked centerfielder Terry Blunt in the fourth for a strikeout.


"He never gave 'em a whole lot to hit, and when they did they hit it at somebody," Holliday said. "It was a struggle for him, but seven innings of no earned runs, I'll take that in a game two any time."


The Cowboys plan to finish a sweep of the Wildcats Sunday at 2 p.m. in order to stay in the top of the Big 12.


"When you win the first two, sooner or later you've gotta get a sweep," Holliday said. "Other teams have already got sweeps in our league. We don't have one yet. We have to get one."


OSU will start junior pitcher Joe Weaver, and will enjoy the fresh arms of junior relievers Shane Hawk and Daniel Rew. Also, they will sport an offense that is producing solidly.


"Right now we're pretty solid one through nine," Holliday said. "We're getting offense at the bottom. It seems like every day somebody else does it."


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