Cowboys Ready for No. 1-Ranked Longhorns

Oklahoma State (28-14, 8-7 in the Big 12) will play host to the No. 1-ranked Texas Longhorns (33-6, 9-5 in the Big 12) in a crucial three-game series this weekend at Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater. The third and final game of the series at noon Sunday is scheduled to be shown to a national television audience by ESPN2.

Oklahoma State (28-14, 8-7 Big 12) vs. No. 1 Texas (33-6, 9-5 Big 12)
Friday, April 22, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 23, 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 24, Noon
Reynolds Stadium (4,000)

Last Season
May 29, 2004: Oklahoma State 8, Texas 2, Arlington
March 28, 2004: Texas 11, Oklahoma State 3, Austin
March 27, 2004: Oklahoma State 3, Texas 2 (10), Austin
March 26, 2004: Texas 8, Oklahoma State 4, Austin

OSU is ranked No. 27 in Collegiate Baseball this week. UT is ranked No. 1 by Baseball America, ESPN/Sports Weekly and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Collegiate Baseball has them at No. 3 this week.

The Coaches
OSU's Frank Anderson is 66-38 in his second season as head coach and is 2-2 against Texas. UT's Augie Garrido is 368-183-1 in nine seasons in Austin and is 1519-707-8 in 37 seasons as a head coach. He is 18-13 all-time against Oklahoma State.

About Texas
Texas, ranked No. 1 in three of the four college baseball polls, is 33-6 on the year after sweeping Oklahoma over the weekend and edging past Rice by a 7-6 count Wednesday night in Houston. The Longhorns are coming off their fourth College World Series appearance in five years and were Big 12 champions and NCAA runner-ups a year ago. Shortstop Seth Johnston leads the team with a .391 batting average to go along with 12 doubles and 30 RBIs. He is hitting .444 in 14 league games with a team-high 13 runs scored. Centerfielder Drew Stubbs, the Big 12 Player of the Week, leads the team with nine homers and 18 stolen bases in 21 attempts. UT's pitching staff enters the weekend with a 2.75 ERA, third best in the conference. The Longhorns probable rotation will be a trio of righthanders: Kyle McCulloch (6-2, 2.78 ERA) on Friday, Adrian Alaniz (3-0, 1.79 ERA) on Saturday and Randy Boone (4-2, 3.50 ERA) on Sunday. Alaniz, a redshirt freshman, was named national and conference pitcher of the week after no-hitting the Sooners last Saturday. Junior reliever J. Brent Cox (5-1, 2.01 ERA) leads the Big 12 with 10 saves and has struck out 58 batters to only nine walks in 44.2 innings.

Carr Leads Nation In Home Runs and RBIs
Adam Carr's home run against Dallas Baptist on Tuesday night tied him with Jason Maxey of Towson for the nation's lead with 17. Carr also added two RBIs to up his NCAA leading total to 71 on the year. The Felton, Calif., product's homer total is the most by a Cowboy since current Houston Astro Luke Scott hit 20 in 2001. Carr is hitting .363 overall and also leads the conference in total bases (125) and is second in hits (62), slugging percentage (.760) and third in triples (4).

Reliable Richmond Delivers Again
Senior righthander Scott Richmond continued his strong season on the mound in the Cowboys' sweep of Missouri. Richmond came into Friday night's contest in the ninth inning and proceeded to pitch seven innings of three-hit scoreless relief. The Vancouver native struck out 10 batters and did not allow a walk to pick up his third win of the season. The resilient performer was not done there, as the next day he came into the game in the eighth inning with the tying runs on bases in a 6-4 contest and mowed down the Tigers in 1.2 innings of work. He earned his fourth save of the year and pitched 8.2 innings of three-hit scoreless relief on the weekend with 13 strikeouts and no walks.

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