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Cowboys Open Frisco Classic with 1-0 Shutout

Cowboys, led by Tyler Buffett, open the Frisco Classic with 1-0 Shutout against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

FRISCO, Texas -- It was pretty simple tonight at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco for the Cowboys first game in the Frisco College Baseball Classic, the inaugural edition of the event. The Cowboys handed the ball to Friday night starter Tyler Buffett and he took control. Buffett had his struggles in his first two starts this season allowing hitters to get ahead in the count, but not tonight. Buffett was solid as he shut the Huskers bats down in seven and a third innings pitched, allowing just two hits, walking one, and striking out seven Nebraska hitters. The defense behind him was excellent. The we played a highly skilled Nebraska team, and I have great respect their program. Tyler made adjustments on the mound, and we responded well. He had very good control, and we kept them off the bases.

Buffett, a preseason All-American this season and coming off a stellar campaign last year had struggled some in his first two outings, but he got to work with the man they call "the Wizard" and he was much better against the Huskers.

"Coach Rob (Walton) and I worked all week on keeping the ball down, getting my fastball on the corners and throwing my curveball in the strike zone," Buffett said of the game that freshman Jonathan Heasley came in and collected the save. "I was looking forward to facing a great team like Nebraska. Like coach said, I just forgot my last two starts and concentrated on the moment. This is a great and unique ballpark; I had never been here before, and the atmosphere was tremendous. I was able to keep the ball down and out of the middle of the hitters' zone and pound the corners. That was the difference from earlier, and we had good defense.”

Oklahoma State now meets up with College World Series rival from last summer, Arizona, at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The Wildcats shut out Arkansas 3-0 in their first game in Frisco to raise their season record to 9-0.


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