(Oklahoma State University Athletic Media Relations contributed to this story.)
The Cowboy baseball team rallied late in the third game of the West Virginia series, but couldn’t quite get there as they fell to the Mountaineers 9-8 to drop the series and fall to 1-5 in Big 12 play. Overall, the Pokes are 16-11.
Colin Simpson had a great game Sunday against WVU going 2-4 from the plate with two homers, a base-on-balls and 3 RBI’s.
The Pokes, who started the season off a little slow, had started to bounce back in the win column until Big 12 play started up and they dropped the series against TCU and West Virginia.
The biggest issue for the Cowboys seems to be consistently developing and taking advantage of offensive opportunities. Pitching has been more productive but an early grand slam today in the top of the third put West Virginia in a front running role.
For the Cowboy’s, the season is at a critical point. They’re playing well enough to win these close games, but they can’t quite seem to get over that hump. And speaking to a few players after the game, they feel the same way. It’s just a few little things that they can capitalize on.
After a midweek game at Wichita State, OSU will winless Kansas State for a Big 12 series next weekend.
Take advantage offensively of missed pitches and hit balls into the gaps. Because it’s obvious that hitting long balls hasn’t been an issue. Tighten up just a bit defensively and when pitching, hit spots a little more often.
The Cowboys are a much younger team than they were last year and are still trying figure a few things out. But one thing’s for sure, I don’t think there’s much need for worry as the Cowboys were in a comparable situation last season, and ended up a few games away from playing in the championship series of the College World Series.