STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State is 15-7 on the season after splitting a two-game midweek series against Florida Gulf Coast at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. The Cowboys return to Big 12 Conference action this weekend when they host Nebraska. OSU is 0-3 in league play after being swept at Kansas State to open its conference season.
The Cowboys are 113-74 all time against Nebraska and lost 2-of-3 games to the Huskers in Lincoln last season.
OSU head coach Frank Anderson is in his seventh season at the helm of the Cowboys and has led the club to 248 wins in his career. The Pokes are coming off a season in which they finished 34-24 and advanced to the finals of the NCAA Clemson Regional. With that showing, OSU became the only Big 12 Conference team to advance to a Regional championship round each of the last four seasons.
OSU leads the Big 12 with a .346 team batting average, with seven of the Cowboy regulars in the starting lineup hitting .300 or better, and the pitching staff sports a collective 4.80 ERA.
Nebraska is 14-8 overall and brings a 2-4 Big 12 mark into the weekend. The Cornhuskers have dropped 2-of-3 games in league series play against Texas and Oklahoma this season.
NU is hitting .307 as a team, with Adam Bailey’s Big 12-best .438 average leading the way. The pitching staff has a combined 4.99 ERA, with Tom Lemke’s four wins topping the club.
Up Next For The Cowboys
OSU will take on Wichita State next Tuesday in Stillwater before travelling to Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday to battle Missouri State. The Cowboys host Texas Tech next weekend.
On The Air & The Web
All OSU baseball games are carried live by Stillwater Radio and will air on KSPI 93.7 FM or 780 AM. Rex Holt, who is in his 28th season with Cowboy baseball (15th as the play-by-play voice), will call the action, with Matt “Chief” Davis providing color commentary.
Radio broadcasts and live stats can also be accessed via www.okstate.com (links are available under Schedule/Results).
Home Sweet Home
Allie P. Reynolds Stadium has been home to Oklahoma State baseball since 1981, and in those 29 seasons the Cowboys have been nearly unbeatable on their home field.
The Cowboys are 752-161 (.824) all-time at Reynolds Stadium and have lost more than two consecutive games on their home turf only once (six in a row in May 2007).
OSU is 12-2 at home in 2010.
Oklahoma State ranks second in the Big 12 in hitting with a .340 batting average and is also second with a .522 slugging percentage. The Cowboys are tied for the league lead with 70 doubles and rank third in on-base percentage (.416).
Freshman Dane Phillips ranks fifth in the Big 12 with a .404 batting average and has hit safely in 19 of OSU’s 22 games, including turning in a recent 15-game hitting streak.
JUCO transfer Luis Uribe was named to the Dairy Queen Classic All-Tournament Team last month and is second on the Cowboys with a .366 batting average.
Mark Ginther, a sophomore third baseman, is hitting .351, leads OSU with five home runs and ranks second with 27 RBIs. He also leads the Cowboys and is seventh in the Big 12 with an .660 slugging percentage.
In six games last week, junior catcher Kevin David raised his season batting average 79 points after going 12-for-27 (.444) with two home runs and nine RBIs. He is tied for the team lead in homers and is third with 22 RBIs.
Cowboys In The Clutch
OSU is hitting .410 with runners in scoring position this season. The Cowboys also sport a .326 average with two outs and have collected 65 two-out RBIs.
A trio of Cowboys from last season’s club was selected in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft but spurned pro ball to return to Stillwater.
Tyler Lyons was a 10th-round pick of the New York Yankees, Thomas Keeling was a 20th-round choice of the Yankees and Kevin David was selected in the 35th round by the Chicago Cubs.
Eleven players on the OSU roster have been Major League Baseball Draft picks. That marks the second-highest total in the Big 12, trailing only Texas’ 13.
OSU’s back-to-back shutout wins against Alabama A&M (26-0 and 4-0) marked the first time the Cowboys had accomplished that feat since consecutive shutout wins against Texas Tech on May 12 and May 13, 2000.
Six different Cowboy pitchers combined for the shutouts.
Catch Them If You Can
OSU ranks second in the Big 12 this season with 46 stolen bases, a number which has already surpassed its total from ’09 (45).
Davis Duren and Dusty Harvard both rank among the top five in the league in steals.
The Cowboys are on their way to becoming the first OSU team to top 100 steals since the 1999 team had 117. OSU’s highest stolen base total since ’99 is 90, which came in 2002.
From 1981-94, OSU topped the century mark in steals 11 times, including a school-record 190 thefts in 1985.
Tyler Lyons has established himself as one of the Big 12’s best and most consistent hurlers, and the Cowboys’ pitching staff received a huge boost when he decided to return to Stillwater for his senior season.
Lyons, who led OSU in wins each of the last two seasons and sports a career 3.77 ERA in 56 appearances, was a 10th-round draft pick of the New York Yankees last June but spurned a professional career to continue as the ace of the Cowboys’ staff.
A seven-game winner last season, Lyons was an All-Big 12 Second Team pick in 2008 as a sophomore after compiling a 12-2 mark and 3.31 ERA to go along with 92 strikeouts. In 15 starts, he led the Big 12 with 108.2 innings pitched and tied for the league lead with four complete games.
Lyons’ 12 wins tied for fourth nationally in 2008. His win total also marked the eighth-most wins in a single season in OSU history, and the most by a Cowboy hurler since 2004.
In Big 12 play, Lyons was 7-1 with a 2.99 ERA and four complete games in 12 starts.
Lyons earned NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team honors each of the last two years (’08 Stillwater Reg., ’09 Clemson Reg.).
Lyons Climbing The Charts
Tyler Lyons is poised to finish his OSU career with his name scattered throughout the Cowboys’ pitching record book.
A native of Lubbock, Texas, Lyons is 21-8 in his OSU career, one win shy of moving into the top 10 on the Cowboys’ career list.
Lyons already ranks ninth on OSU’s career innings pitched list with 260.1 and is 10th on OSU’s career strikeouts list with 218. Lyons’ next start on the mound will be the 36th of his career, which will move him into the 10th spot on the Cowboys’ career list.
The southpaw is also on the verge of cracking the top 10 on the Cowboys’ career list for appearances as his 56 are nine shy of that mark.
K Is For Keeling
Cowboy junior Thomas Keeling continues to rack up strikeouts at an impressive rate.
Keeling leads OSU with 41 strikeouts and has had at least nine Ks in four of his five appearances this season. With 41 Ks in 27 innings, Keeling is averaging 13.67 strikeouts per nine innings, which ranks fifth nationally.
Keeling’s strikeout total ranks seventh in the Big 12, and each of the pitchers above him has at least one more outing than the Cowboy.
As a redshirt sophomore last season, Keeling recorded 73 strikeouts in just 51.0 innings. His 12.88 strikeouts per nine innings would have ranked fourth nationally had he had three more innings of work to qualify for the NCAA minimum.
In 79.2 career innings, Keeling has racked up 116 strikeouts. He had a career-high 12 Ks last season at Arizona.
Pitchers Kevin Chambers and Brian Denneny combined to break an OSU record that had stood for nearly 46 years with their performances in the second game of a March 23 doubleheader against Alabama A&M.
The Chambers-Denneny duo combined for 20 strikeouts, breaking OSU’s previous single-game record last set on April 25, 1964 in a 14-inning game against Kansas.
Chambers started and racked up 15 Ks, tying the Allie P. Reynolds Stadium record and finishing just one shy of OSU’s single-game record of 16 (set by Derek Brandow against Iowa State in the 1992 Big Eight Tournament).
Chambers had 15 strikeouts in just six innings of work, while Denneny added five over the final three frames.
Junior second baseman Davis Duren leads the Big 12 with 18 stolen bases. Against Oklahoma Christian, Duren swiped four bags, the most by a Cowboy since 2004 and one shy of the school’s single-game record.
Last season, Duren was 14-of-15 on stolen base attempts to lead the Cowboys.
From his leadoff spot in the lineup, Duren also leads the Cowboys with 28 RBIs and is third in batting average (.357).
Duren’s recent 14-game hitting streak is tied for the fourth longest in the Big 12 this season.
Vote For Cowboy Greats
To commemorate the final year of the College World Series being played in Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in 2010, the NCAA is creating a CWS Legends Team, and six former OSU Cowboys are nominated for the team.
The Legends Team will represent those student-athletes who had the best CWS performances in the 60 years the CWS has been played at Rosenblatt Stadium. OSU’s nominees for the team are third baseman Robin Ventura (1986-87), catcher Mike Day (1982-85), designated hitter Pete Incaviglia (1983-85), outfielder Wayne Weatherly (1966-68), pitcher Tom Borland (1954-55) and shortstop Danny Thompson (1968).
Fans can vote online for players they think should be selected as members of the CWS Legends team at www.ncaa.com.