Oliver Impressive In Return For Cowboys

STILLWATER - As promised, Oklahoma State started All-American left-handed pitcher Andrew Oliver in the nightcap of a long day of baseball Saturday at Allie Reynolds Stadium. The junior was impressive in his return to the mound, striking out 11 and allowing only two hits and one earned run in six innings of work as OSU defeated BYU 5-4.

After disposing of a tough Manhattan team in their first game, the 13th-ranked Cowboys came back and defeated BYU 5-4 to improve to 3-0 in the opening weekend of the season.

Oliver struck out the first five batters he faced and tied his career-best of 11 strikeouts which was established against Baylor in last season's Big 12 Championship.

Oliver has been the subject of a long drawn out process that included an NCAA suspension for violating the "advisor" rule while deciding whether to sign professionally or go to college coming out of high school in Ohio.

A recent ruling in an Erie County, Ohio court by Judge Tygh Tone stipulated that the NCAA reinstate Oliver and not suspend him. Oklahoma State, after consideration of the situation, decided to pitch Oliver.

"The Ohio Court has ordered that Andy Oliver be reinstated and therefore Oklahoma State University has made the decision to play him," said OSU director of communications Gary Shutt. "This has been a complicated and regrettable situation. Andy and the OSU baseball team are focused on the new season and are ready to move forward. In light of the ongoing litigation between Andy and the NCAA, OSU and members of the baseball team will have no further comment on this matter."

The Cowboys wrap up the four-game opening series with a 2 p.m. Sunday contest against Manhattan.

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