How Does OSU Beat Wichita State (Twice)?

STILLWATER – Frank Anderson says if the Oklahoma State Cowboys are to keep the dream alive it's going to be pitch-by-pitch, out-by-out and inning-by-inning – and it begins with Sunday night's game against Wichita State. The Cowboys must beat the Shockers twice – Sunday night and again Monday evening – following a 9-8 victory over Texas Christian in an elimination game earlier Sunday.

But who is Anderson going to put on the mound when the Cowboys face the Shockers – hopefully twice in the next two days?

It won't be staff ace Andrew Oliver who was declared indefinitely ineligible on Saturday. It won't be Tyler Lyons who pitched 8 2/3 innings in Friday night's win over Western Kentucky. It won't be senior Matt Gardner who was outstanding in pitching six-plus innings to give the Cowboys an 8-2 lead over TCU on Sunday.

Anderson admits the Cowboys will piecemeal their pitching throughout the remainder of the Stillwater Regional.

"We're going to have to (piecemeal it). But to win in these situations when you get beat, you've got to have somebody jump up and do things," Anderson said after Jordy Mercer's walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Cowboys a thrilling 9-8 victory over the Horned Frogs.

Here are some Cowboy pitchers who will have to step to the forefront since Oliver, Lyons and Gardner's arms are not available.

Left-hander Brett Davis, who is 2-1 with a 5.17 ERA. But the junior from Elk City, Okla., has started just one game all season (on May 7 vs. Rice), and his last outing was on May 18 against Oklahoma.

Right-hander Jeff Breedlove, who is 2-0 with a 6.06 ERA. The junior from Muskogee, Okla., has started only two games all season (March 11 vs. Missouri State and April 22 vs. Mid-America Christian), and his last outing was May 13 against Western Illinois.

Lefty Joe Kent, who has no decisions and has a 9.82 ERA. The junior from Billings, Mont., has made just three appearances all season, including his most recent on May 13 vs. Western Illinois.

Right-hander Matt Peck, who pitched 2/3 of an inning against TCU on Sunday. He is 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA.

Don't be surprised if Anderson tries to get a few innings out of Tyler Blandford or Robbie Weinhardt, who both pitched in Saturday night's loss to Wichita State. Weinhardt then came back to get the win (improving his record to 6-0) by throwing the last inning against TCU on Sunday.

Anderson said that Mercer will likely be used again despite a rough outing against the Horned Frogs in which he only pitched 1/3 inning, allowing three hits and two runs.

Desperate times call for desperate measures so don't be surprised if Anderson asks a position player to throw an inning or two. Both rightfielder Matt Hague and catcher Luis Flores pitched in regular season games for the Cowboys, although they were used sparingly.

Hague (1-0, 4.66 ERA) made just five appearances on the mound, with the most recent being May 11 against Texas Tech. Flores (0-0, 6.00 ERA) has only pitched twice, with his latest outing against Mid-America Christian on April 22.

"I'd rather have Roger Clemens," Anderson said jokingly when asked who the Cowboys would be using against the Shockers. "We don't have that. We'll just have to piecemeal it.

"Just like Matt (Gardner) said, it becomes a deal where you got out by out, inning by inning and try to get late into the game. We're going to have to score some. The ball is jumping out of here pretty good."

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