Cowboys Host First-Place Missouri Tigers

Oklahoma State (24-14, 5-7 in Big 12) will play host to 13th-ranked Missouri (27-6, 8-1 in Big 12) this weekend in Stillwater.

Oklahoma State (24-14, 5-7 Big 12) vs. No. 13/16/19/21 Missouri (27-6, 8-1 Big 12)
Friday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, 1 p.m.
Reynolds Stadium (4,000)

Last Year
May 30, 2004: Oklahoma State 10, Missouri 9 @ Arlington, Texas
May 23, 2004: Missouri 7, Oklahoma State 3 @ Columbia
May 22, 2004: Missouri 10, Oklahoma State 9 @ Columbia
May 21, 2004: Missouri 9, Oklahoma State 5 @ Columbia

OSU is not ranked this week. Missouri is ranked 13th in Baseball America, 16th by the Baseball Writers, 19th by Collegiate Baseball and 21st by the ESPN/Sports Weekly coaches poll.

The Coaches
OSU's Frank Anderson is 62-38 in his second season as head coach and is 1-3 against Missouri. MU's Tim Jamieson is 351-245-2 in his 11th season at Mizzou and is 10-20 against Oklahoma State.

What's On Tap
Oklahoma State continues its tough eight-game homestand this weekend as Big 12 leader Missouri comes to town. The teams will open play on Friday night at 7 p.m. and will continue the set on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

About Missouri
Missouri is 27-6 on the year and 8-1 in conference play after sweeping Texas A&M at home over the weekend. The Tigers defeated Southeast Missouri State 10-2 on Wednesday and ride a four-game winning streak entering this weekend's action. Pitching has been the strength of this year's Missouri squad as it has a 2.29 ERA that is third in the NCAA and first in the Big 12. The staff has an even better ERA in conference action at 1.78 through nine games. Sophomore righthander Max Scherzer (6-1, 1.03 ERA) is the staff ace and will get the nod on Friday night. Sophomore lefthander Nathan Culp (6-0, 2.38 ERA) is slated to go on Saturday, while junior righthander Doug Mathis (3-2, 1.90 ERA) will start on Sunday. Sophomore outfielder Hunter Mense leads the squad with a .394 batting average while junior outfielder James Boone, a Clinton, Okla., native, leads the team and is second in the Big 12 in RBIs with 57. The Tigers are batting .303 as a team with 20 triples and 343 runs scored in 33 games (10.4 runs per game).

Oklahoma State Listed In Several NCAA Statistical Rankings
The NCAA listed its first NCAA statistical rankings on Tuesday and Oklahoma State had some of the top numbers in the country. Heading into the Wichita State game, OSU led the nation in home runs (62) and was fourth in home runs per game (1.68) and slugging percentage (.567). The Cowboys were also in the top 10 in triples per game (7th- 0.54) and scoring (8th- 9.2 runs per game). Some of Pokes were among the nation's leaders in individual categories led by Adam Carr who was third in the nation in RBIs per game (1.68) and fifth in homers per game (0.41). Staff ace Thomas Cowley was fifth in the nation with seven wins on the year, one behind the national leaders.

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