Cowboy Baseball Opens Season

In 2006, the Cowboys return five position starters and 12 lettermen, including All-Big 12 performers Adam Carr and Corey Brown. OSU will open the season against South Alabama, an NCAA tourney team from last season. The Cowboys are 47-20-1 all-time in season openers, including a 27-0 triumph over Arkansas-Pine Bluff to open the 2005 campaign.

Jaguar Invitational • Mobile, Ala.
Feb. 10-13 • Stanky Field (3,573)
Oklahoma State (0-0) vs. South Alabama (2-0), No. 20 Arkansas (0-0), and George Mason (0-0)

South Alabama, Friday, 6 p.m.
OSU all-time vs. South Alabama, 1-0
February 13, 1998 at the Big Ball Sports Classic in Houston - Cowboys won, 9-2

Arkansas, Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
OSU all-time vs. Arkansas, 41-18
Last meeting: March 8, 2005 in Stillwater - Razorbacks won, 11-7

George Mason, Sunday, 11 a.m.
OSU first-ever meeting vs. George Mason

Polls:
Oklahoma State is not ranked in any of the four major polls.
The Coach: OSU's Frank Anderson is 72-49 in two seasons with the Cowboys.
Radio: KSPI 93.7 FM Rex Holt (Play-by-Play) is in his 24th season as the voice of Cowboy baseball.
About South Alabama
South Alabama has established its program as a proven winner and 2006 is expected to be no different. The Jaguars, coached by Steve Kittrell, were 35-27 and an NCAA Tournament team last season and are off to a 2-0 start this year after a pair of wins over Grambling State by a combined 33-1 count. USA was picked to once again win the Sun Belt Conference title, which would be its 15th. South Alabama counts current major leaguers Luis Gonzalez, Juan Pierre, Marlon Anderson and Jon Lieber among its baseball alumni.
Players To Watch
• David Freese, 3B - Freese hit .373 last season with six homers and 48 RBIs and at one point posted 16 consecutive multiple-hit games.
• P.J. Walters - Considered by many the top pitcher in the Sun Belt Conference, Walters recorded back-to-back 10-win efforts (10-7 last season, 10-1 in 2004) in his first two collegiate seasons and has racked up 238 career strikeouts.

About Arkansas
Coach Dave Van Horn's Razorbacks enter the season ranked in each of the four major polls after a 39-22 season in which they advanced to an NCAA Regional. It was the fourth consecutive NCAA tourney appearance for Arkansas. The Hogs return 20 lettermen from 2005, including six position starters, which is a big reason why they are one of the favorites in the SEC's West division.
Players To Watch
• Danny Hamblin, 1B - Hamblin led UA in nearly every offensive category as a sophomore last season as he hit .341 with 19 doubles, 10 home runs and 49 RBIs.
• Craig Gentry, CF - Gentry took over in center field during conference play and finished with a .311 batting average, 12 doubles and 18 stolen bases.
• Nick Schmidt, P - The southpaw was named a freshman All-American in '05 after going 8-2 with a 2.80 ERA. He is expected to start against OSU Saturday.
• Charley Boyce, P - A jack-of-all-trades on the mound, Boyce is coming off a junior campaign in which he was 11-10 with a 3.53 ERA in 122.1 innings of work.

About George Mason
The Patriots are coming off a 35-19 season in which they finished second in the Colonial Athletic Association race with a 15-9 mark. With four position starters returning in 2006, coach Bill Brown — who is in his 23rd year at the helm — is hoping for a return trip to the NCAA tourney, which George Mason last made in 2004.
Players To Watch
• Robby Jacobsen, OF - The senior hit .335 last season with seven home runs, 16 doubles and 45 RBIs. He was successful on 20-of-23 stolen base attempts.
• Chris Fournier, 2B - In 2005, Fournier hit .304 with eight homers, 15 doubles and 46 RBIs.

Looking Back: The 2005 Cowboys
In head coach Frank Anderson's second season at OSU, the Cowboys finished 34-25 overall, which included a 12-15 mark and sixth-place finish in the Big 12 Conference. Inconsistency and injuries plagued the Cowboys, who still showed flashes of being one of the Big 12's best by twice beating Baylor and Texas and sweeping Missouri in a weekend series. However, losing seven of their last 10 games kept the Cowboys from earning an NCAA Regional bid.

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