MattBob's Baseball Report-Nicholls State

Cowboy fans, take out your brooms. Oklahoma State completed the three-game sweep of Nicholls State on Sunday with a 12-4 victory which brings the 21st-ranked Cowboys' winning streak to five games. The weekend saw many positives for the Pokes. Frank Anderson was able to rest some guys, get some guys healthier, and play some newcomers without sacrificing runs.

Cowboy pitchers surrendered 10 hits Friday in the opener, but worked out of jams only allowing two of those runners to score in a 7-2 win. OSU got outstanding batting and defense on Friday from lead-off hitter Keanon Simon. Keanon collected three hits including a double and drew a walk.

The second game of the series on Saturday saw the Cowboys win 10-1. Oliver Odle got back to his winning ways, tallying two strikeouts in six innings of work, before allowing newcomers Matt Willis and Tyler Blandford to close it out. This time it was veteran infielder Tyler Mach leading the Cowboys with a three-hit performance, adding a double to his total of seven.

The series finale saw some interesting events. Beginning with a delay in the fourth inning so medical staff could attend to a fan that required an ambulance and continuing into a dirt kicking ejection of the Colonels coach. Freshman Andy Oliver got the start and he continued to live dangerously, placing himself in bad situations. However, he also kept up his excellence in those situations. Sunday saw a pair of Cowboys tally three hits. Both Matt Mangini and Matt Lopez accomplished the feat to lead Cowboy batters.

The weekend saw the Pokes get clutch two-out hits. When the game is on the line, two-out hits can make or break a season and OSU is certainly getting its fair share. This weekend saw the Cowboys benefit from 12 two-out RBIs, bringing the total for the season to 42 in 13 games. Some fans may look at OSU stranding another 28 runners this weekend, on the heels of the Cal-State Northridge series where the Cowboys had trouble getting runners in, and become very frustrated, however those runners helped generate the 12 two-out RBIs.

The Cowboys leave the friendly confines of Allie P. Reynolds Stadium to take on Texas-Arlington in Arlington at 5 p.m. Tuesday, before returning home next weekend to play top 15 Pepperdine. Pepperdine is the biggest non-conference opponent to come to Stillwater for a weekend series in recent memory, so OSU fans need to come out in force. The Big12 Basketball Tournaments may be the biggest thing in town, but if fans were not lucky enough to score tickets, they should make plans to be in Stillwater Friday, Saturday and Sunday for what promises to be a huge series for the Frank Anderson's team.

The Oklahoma State vs. Texas-Arlington game can be found at 5 p.m. online at So listen to the game before heading off to cheer on the Cowgirls in Oklahoma City.

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