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Cowboy Baseball Heads To Texas For Extended Road Trip

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Oklahoma State (1-2) vs. Abilene Christian (3-1)

Wed., Feb. 21 • 7:05 p.m.

Globe Life Field (48,1114) • Arlington, Texas

 
 
 
  Video/TV: None
  Radio: Pete 94.3 FM/780 AM
               The Varsity Network – okla.st/GetVarsity

               (Rex Holt & Matt Davis)
  Live Stats: okstate.statbroadcast.com
  X In-Game Scoreboard/Updates: @OSUBaseball

 

About Oklahoma State

     • The Cowboys are 1-2 after opening the season last weekend at Sam Houston. OSU embarks on an extended road trip to Texas over the next week as the Pokes will play four games in the Kubota College Baseball Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, before concluding the trip with a midweek contest at Dallas Baptist next Tuesday.
     • OSU is coming off a 41-20 season in 2023 in which the Cowboys earned their 10th consecutive NCAA Regional bid. It marked the second-straight 40-win season for the Pokes and the sixth under head coach Josh Holliday.
     • The Cowboys shared the Big 12 regular season championship with Texas and West Virginia after finishing 15-9 in conference play.
     • OSU returns six position starters, four of those All-Big 12 performers, from a year ago.
     • The 2024 season is OSU’s 12th under head coach Josh Holliday, who is 403-219-2 at his alma mater. The Cowboys have earned an NCAA Regional berth each year under his watch.

 

About Abilene Christian

     • Abilene Christian is 3-1 on the season after winning a series at home against Northern Illinois on opening weekend. The Wildcats average over 11 runs per game in that series .
     • Rick McCarty is in his sixth season as ACU’s head coach and owns a career 137-109 record.
     • OSU is 4-0 all time against Sam Houston, with all four meetings coming in the Josh Holliday head coaching era. The two teams last met in 2016 with the Pokes sweeping a three-game series in Stillwater.

 

All Good Things…

     OSU had its streak of being nationally ranked end this week after 55 consecutive weeks in the polls dating back to the 2021 preseason rankings.
     The Cowboys were ranked No. 21 in the Baseball America preseason poll and No. 22 by Perfect Game before dropping out this week.
     Under Josh Holliday, the Cowboys have peaked at No. 2 in the polls, reaching that mark twice in 2022.
     The Pokes have finished in the top 10 in the final polls twice under Josh Holliday — 10th in 2014 and fourth in 2016.

 

Streakers

    With 10 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances, OSU owns the nation’s fourth-longest current streak behind only Vanderbilt (17), Florida (15) and LSU (11).

 

Crown Them

     With a 15-9 record, OSU claimed a share of the 2023 Big 12 regular season championship along with Texas and West Virginia.
     The title marked the second regular-season Big 12 championship in program history, joining OSU’s 2014 team, and its fifth Big 12 championship as the Cowboys won tourney titles in 2004, 2017 and 2019.
     OSU counts 34 conference championships in program history; it also has 24 Big Eight and five Missouri Valley titles.

 

400 Club

     With OSU’s win over West Virginia at the 2023 Big 12 Championship, Josh Holliday notched his 400th career win as the Cowboys’ head coach, joining Gary Ward as the only two head coaches in program history to achieve that feat.

 

Pokes vs. Ranked Foes

    Under Josh Holliday, Oklahoma State owns a 91-84 record (.520) against ranked opponents. That breakdown includes a 35-34 mark at home, a 34-34 road record and a 22-16 showing in neutral site contests.

 

Clutch

    Of the Cowboys’ 20 RBIs this season, 14 of those have come with two outs.

 

Close Calls

    The Cowboys are 90-58 (.608) in one-run games with Josh Holliday at the helm.

 

New Faces

     A total of 23 newcomers joined the OSU program for the 2024 season. The Cowboys brought in 15 players from the high school ranks, while adding six Division I transfers and a pair of JUCO products.

 

Cowboy Country

     OSU’s 2023 roster includes players from 15 different states and Canada.

 

That’s Offensive

     The Cowboys’ lineup in 2023 produced some of the best offensive numbers in the program in years, among them a .301 team batting average and 108 home runs. It was OSU’s highest batting average since 2010 and its most round trippers since 1999. The Pokes also posted a .536 slugging percentage, their best since the 1999 season.
     The good news is that four regulars who owned a batting average of at least .330 last season return in 2024, led by Carson Benge (.345) and Nolan Schubart (.338).
     The Cowboys also return players who combined for 83 of their 144 doubles (58 percent) in 2023, while both Nolan Schubart (.667) and Tyler Wulfert (.620) turned in slugging percentages over .600.
     Other notables:
     • Carson Benge posted a .468 on-base percentage as OSU’s .468 OBP was its highest since 2008.
     • Nolan Schubart’s 74 RBIs were the most in a season by a Cowboy since 2007.

 

K Kounter

     In the first 110 seasons of Cowboy Baseball, no OSU pitching staff recorded 600 strikeouts in a season, but the Pokes reached that mark in back-to-back seasons in 2022 and 2023.
     In ’22, the Cowboys shattered the program record for strikeouts in a season with 679, besting the previous mark by 91. The total ranked fifth nationally, and OSU was seventh in the NCAA in strikeouts per nine innings at 10.7.
     Last season, the Cowboys led the Big 12 and rank ninth in the NCAA with 607 strikeouts. OSU’s 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings was tops in the Big 12 and seventh nationally.
     The eight pitchers returning to the staff in 2024 combined for 199 strikeouts a year ago. Janzen Keisel is OSU’s returning strikeout leader; the right-hander had 40 punchouts in 25 innings as a sophomore.

 

Dynamic Duo

     Cowboy sophomores Carson Benge and Nolan Schubart had breakout seasons in 2023 and have been recognized among the nation’s best talents entering 2024.
     Both Benge and Schubart are on USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List, making up two of the 55 players on the list for baseball’s top amateur player.
     The duo also collected Preseason All-America honors as Schubart was named to the first team by the NCBWA and collected second-team honors from D1Baseball.com while Benge made a pair of teams as a utility player, garnering third-team accolades from Baseball America and Perfect Game.
     Benge and Schubart were also voted to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team by the league’s head coaches, with Schubart being a unanimous selection.

 

Home Away From Home

     Over the last two seasons, OSU has played 19 games at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, and the Cowboys will play four games at the Texas Rangers ballpark in this week’s Kubota College Baseball Series.
     The Pokes are 10-9 all time at Globe Life, going 5-5 in 2022 and posting a 5-4 mark in 2023.
 

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