MattBob's Baseball Report-Texas A&M

The Oklahoma State Cowboys looked like a team lost on the road Friday night with several mental errors, but they battled back to take the series the hard way. In two hard fought games, Frank Anderson's team beat back a higher ranked Texas A&M team in an extremely hostile road environment. The Cowboys improve to 31-10 overall and 10-5 in conference play.

The Cowboys are alone in second place in the Big1 2 after a Missouri loss to Baylor on Sunday. Texas, in first place at 14-4, comes to Stillwater on Friday in one of the most anticipated match-ups of this Big 12 season.

Friday night's opening game of the series was a game of missed opportunities. The Cowboys had been solid on the base paths all year long, only to be picked off twice and out at home, costing the Cowboys runs they needed. OSU brought the go-ahead run to the plate with one out but was unable to get the job done. Jeff Breedlove picked up the hard-luck loss after becoming only the second Cowboys starting pitcher to throw five complete innings in conference play.

However, Breedlove would be outdone Saturday by Oliver Odle, who became the first Poke to throw six complete innings in conference play. Odle struck out six before being relieved by Justin Friend. Friend would pick up the win, but Odle's start was the best this staff has seen on the weekend in over a month.

Sunday afternoon was a four-hour, marathon roller coaster ride that saw the Pokes win 12-11. The Cowboys used eight pitchers en route to the win. Jordy Mercer came in from shortstop to pitch four and a third innings of work, and pick up the win. He would allow just one hit. The Aggies did not have any more success with their bullpen on Sunday, using seven pitchers that allowed three Cowboy home runs and eight Cowboy doubles.

Tyler Mach's hitting streak came to an end at 18 games Sunday with an 0-for-4 performance. He did manage to draw two walks in the Cowboy victory, but his career-long hit streak has ended. Tyler has been one of the most consistent hitters in a very impressive lineup all year long. Entering Sunday's game, Mach was hitting .435 this season, which is second best in the Big 12 behind teammate Ty Wright.

Wright, fresh off being named Big 12 Player of the Week, came through for the Cowboys again to earn series MVP. On Friday, Wright collected two of OSU's eight hits, going 2-for-4 on the day. Wright and Jordy Mercer would score the go-ahead runs Saturday on Keanon Simon's game-winning double. Again Wright would finish 2-for-4 on the day, adding a walk to his day.

But perhaps Wright's most memorable play of the weekend came in the field Sunday. In the second inning, a home run was hit over Wright's head. Wright's actions made the runner think Ty had caught the ball, so the runner returned to first only to be passed by the hitter, resulting in an out.

The story of Sunday's game was Wright at the plate, he had a double, drew a walk, was hit by a pitch and reached on an error. Then in the top of the ninth, with the Cowboys down a run and a runner on, Wright belted the go-ahead home run. That home run became the winning run of the series when Wright caught the third out in the bottom of ninth on a pop fly to left.

The Cowboys have little time to recover from this hard fought series before being tested again. Oral Roberts comes to Stillwater Tuesday, and first-place Texas is in town this coming weekend. The Pokes remember ORU swept them in four games, including twice in the postseason, a year ago. The Golden Eagles have already beaten a pair of top 10 teams in Wichita State and Arkansas this season.

The Golden Eagles and Pokes will square off at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadiium in their only scheduled meeting this year. If the Cowboys are to exact revenge it may come against a former Cowboy. Michael Jarman was a highly touted left handed pitcher saw just 3.2 innings of work for the Frank Anderson in 2005 before transferring to Seward County Community College. ORU had planned to use their ace Chance Chapman, who is having a phenomenal year for them but they were forced to use him for six innings of relief in an extra inning game on Saturday, making Jarman, the freshest starting arm they have.

The Pokes are expecting a big crowd Tuesday for this big game, so arrive early and cheer loud. If you cannot make the game, be sure to tune in your radio to 93.7 or listen online at

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