Baseball: OSU-Nebraska Preview

Oklahoma State, ranked No. 21 in this week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll, travels to Lincoln, Neb., to face the eighth-ranked Cornhuskers in a crucial three-game series this weekend.

Oklahoma State (21-8, 4-2 Big 12) vs. Nebraska (22-3, 2-1 Big 12)
Friday, April 1 ¦ 6:35 p.m.
Saturday, April 2 ¦ 2:05 p.m.
Sunday, April 3 ¦ 1:05 p.m.
Hawks Field at Haymarket Park (8,486)

Last Year
May 8, 2004, Oklahoma State 7, Nebraska 4 in Stillwater
May 9, 2004, Oklahoma State 6, Nebraska 3 in Stillwater
May 10, 2004, Nebraska 9, Oklahoma State 1 in Stillwater
May 28, 2004, Oklahoma State 7, Nebraska 1 in Big 12 Tournament at Arlington, Texas

OSU is ranked No. 21 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and No. 29 by Collegiate Baseball. Nebraska is ranked No. 7 by CB, No. 8 by the NCBWA, No. 16 by Sports Weekly/ESPN and No. 20 by Baseball America.

The Coaches
OSU's Frank Anderson is 59-32 in his second season as head coach and 3-1 against Nebraska. NU's Mike Anderson is 105-44 in his third season in Nebraska and is 4-3 against Oklahoma State.

About Nebraska
Nebraska is 22-3 and ranked as high as No. 7 (Collegiate Baseball) after taking two of three from Kansas in last week's Big 12 opener. The Huskers defeated Creighton 10-2 in Lincoln on Tuesday and enter the weekend winners 14 of their last 15 games. Preseason All-America third baseman Alex Gordon leads the team with a .404 average to go along with 10 homers, 26 RBI and 12 stolen bases in as many attempts. NU sports a lofty .330 team batting average to go along with 34 homers and 211 runs scored in 25 games. Nebraska's rotation for the weekend will be sophomore righthander Joba Chamberlain (4-0, 1.72 ERA) on Friday, junior lefthander Zach Kroenke (3-0, 2.66 ERA) on Saturday and sophomore southpaw Brian Duensing (4-0, 2.12 ERA) on Sunday. The Huskers have a 2.23 team ERA with 198 strikeouts in 217.2 innings pitched.

UALR Recap
Oklahoma State's bats came alive in the two-game sweep over Arkansas-Little Rock as the Cowboys outscored the Trojans 31-7 in the series. Southpaw Adam Daniels struck out a personal best and OSU season high 13 batters in OSU's 10-2 win on Tuesday. Rusty Ryal was the hitting star in the game going 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Daniels improved to 5-2 on the year, allowing just one run on six hits in eight innings of work with three walks. OSU exploded for 14 first-inning runs in the 21-5 win on Wednesday. Adam Carr and Corey Brown both had grand-slam homers in the first inning as the Cowboys never looked back. Carr had three of the team's 15 hits on the day as OSU hit .405 as a team in the two games with seven homers, six doubles and three triples. Four pitchers pitched at least an inning of scoreless relief, led by David Bacon's three shutout innings in Wednesday's game.

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