OSU Baseball Notebook: Cowboys Sweep Wright State in Doubleheader

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STILLWATER – A win is a win, whether by double digits or by a single run in extra innings; the Cowboys did it both ways on Sunday.

The Oklahoma State baseball team defeated Wright State 26-3 in Game 1 of the teams doubleheader Sunday at O’Brate Stadium. Game 2 was a different story with the same ending. The Pokes won 7-6 after true freshman Cayden Brumbaugh singled in the 10th inning, scoring John Bay out of second after a fielding error.

The wins pushed the No. 4 Cowboys to 4-2 on the season. Here are some takeaways of the day.

26 races against a solid program

Racing rules in college baseball only come if coaches agree to put one in place. There was no agreed arrangement.

The Cowboys blasted Wright State in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader, winning 26-3. The Pokes scored nine runs in the first and 12 in the seventh.

With inclement weather having already canceled one of the series games and Wright State on the bus from Dayton, Ohio, the idea was to get as much baseball as possible.

“We’re here to play ball,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said. “We are here to play baseball. We sat for four days. You don’t move snow and ice and heaven and earth to lead. They want to play, we want to play. We have a lot of players who want to play ball. We need the sleeves. We need opportunities for people to enter the field.

It would be easy to look at the opponent and say it’s a total mismatch, but Wright State is a decent team. The Raiders won the regular season and the Horizon League tournament last season, qualifying for an NCAA region. Six of the nine players on Wright State’s Game 1 roster had a significant number of at-bats last season.

The Raiders didn’t plan easily for 2022. They lost three games to No. 11 Georgia Tech last weekend before heading to Stillwater to face the No. 4 Pokes.

McLean plays better

One of the most high-profile players of the preseason, Nolan McLean struggled in the Cowboys’ first four games.

After a series against Vanderbilt and a game against Sam Houston, McLean entered the weekend with .067, just 1 for 15 at the plate.

A No. 46 prospect in the MLB draft standings, McLean had a better day at O’Brate. McLean went 2 for 4 in Game 1 with two RBIs and a solo home run, his first bombshell of the season.

He started Game 2 with another RBI, picking the right field line to score Roc Riggio. McLean finished that game 1 for 4 with three strikeouts.

A multi-tool guy, McLean went from third base to the mound in the eighth inning of Game 2. His first two pitches were 96 MPH fastballs. His first outing on the mound this season didn’t exactly go to plan. In one inning, he gave up a pair of runs on two hits while walking two and striking out two.

“Obviously Nolan has very high expectations for himself, and so do we because he’s a gifted player,” Holliday said. “I think maybe a little too much swing at the start of the season at the moment, but I thought today was better. As he relaxes into his swing, he’s a really special talent. .

“…I think maybe he just sees the ball and wants to hit it 800 feet instead of trying to hit it 400 feet.”

Doersching leaves Game 1 at start

Griffin Doersching has been a rock star for the Pokes this season after being traded from Northern Kentucky.

The Cowboys first baseman started the weekend averaging .467 with four RBIs and four doubles, best on his team. In the sixth inning of Saturday’s opener, however, Doersching was hobbled after an unsuccessful slide into third. He retired from play and reappeared in the dugout wearing a walking boot. He did not play in Game 2.

After the match, Holliday said no updates were available.

“I don’t know,” Holliday said. “Not able to play. We’ll see where [Doersching and Hueston Morrill] are at, but the doctors have to take care of these guys. You go with who is ready and just let them be as healthy as possible.

Josh Holliday post-match press conference

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The Cowboys travel to Arizona for a pair of midweek games against Arizona State at 6 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. Wednesday. OSU hosts Gonzaga next weekend in a three-game series.

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