Cowboy Baseball Opens Big 12 Play in Austin

Your Essentials About the Cowboy’s Conference Opener

Conference Play Already?

If you’re like most of us, you’re still blurry-eyed and a little confused. March brought more than its fair share of confusion and action, with the Pokes missing the NCAA Tournament by a hair, followed by a deep run in the NIT, and finalized by a heartbreaker at home. So I don’t blame you if you’re not sure who the Friday starter is, or what the exact record of the baseball team is. That’s why we’re here.

The Cowboys come into this game a healthy 10-8-1 after a midweek victory at home against Central Arkansas. This is a Cowboy team that certainly has the ability to do great things down the stretch; they’ve been competitive in every series and have yet to be swept in 2018. However, the Pokes’ losses seem to come in streaks, as they failed to find a win for over a week, starting with a loss at home to Eastern Michigan (03/09), and ending with a win vs. Missouri State (03/17). Streaky-yet-talented play has been the hallmark of the 2018 Baseball Season.

This is acclaimed Head Coach Josh Holliday’s 6th season in Stillwater, where he’s put together an impressive 210-114-1 record. Under Holliday, the Cowboys have had 5 straight NCAA Tournament berths, and two Big 12 Championships. During Holliday’s tenure the Pokes have the second highest win total in Big 12 play, and remain constant contenders for Big 12 acclaim. Additionally, OSU has owned this matchup over the past few years, going 8-4 in the past 12 meetings between UT and the Pokes.

The Essentials

Who: Texas Longhorns (13-9, 3-0 Big 12)

Where: Disch-Falk Field, Austin, Texas

When: Friday 7 p.m. CT II Saturday 2:30 p.m. CT II Sunday 1:30 p.m. CT

TV: Longhorn Network

Stream: WatchESPN

Radio: KSPI 93.7 FM

Live Stats:

Know Your Enemy: Texas Longhorns

This UT Austin team is currently sitting at 13-9 and on a 4 game winning streak. Just like the Cowboys, the Longhorns have held a season of streaks. After 5 losses in a row, Texas was able to put it together against Big 12 Opponent Kansas last weekend, and No. 25 Sam Houston State earlier this week.

The Horns as a team are batting .272 with a .386 OBP. Averaging a shade under 6 runs per game, Texas has outscored their opponents 126-111 this year. They are led by Juniors Kody Clemens (.370 BA, 22 RBI) Masen Hibbeler (.333 BA, 12 RBI) and RS Freshman Zach Zubia (.297 BA, 23 RBI). Clemens was named Big 12 Player of the Week after a 2HR, 7RBI performance, and reached base safely in all 22 games this year. This trio has carried the Longhorns through the early season, and look for them to make an impact this weekend.

Additionally, SO RHP Duke Ellis, SO OF Blair Henley and JR Catcher DJ Petrinsky have all played above their statistical average in the month of March, and are contributing at a high level.

Texas is coached by David Pierce, who is in his second season in Austin after two brief stints at Tulane and Sam Houston State. He holds a 53-33 record at Texas, and a 250-142 record over 7 seasons as a head coach.

The expected starters for this weekend are as follows:

Friday: RHP Nolan Kingham — 3-2, 4.28 ERA; 28 K, 8 BB in 33.2 IP

Saturday: RHP Blair Henley — 3-1, 1.80 ERA; 20 K, 10 BB in 30.0 IP

Sunday: TBD

Cowboys To Watch

This year comes with high hopes for Holliday and OSU; after winning the Big 12 Tournament (over a Texas team featuring two Clemens brothers, no less) the Cowboys are looking to repeat success and claim dominance in the Big 12. Here are some key players to keep on eye on during the #OrangeTakeover2k18

Colin Simpson

This former All Big 12 Catcher/DH had an excellent sophomore season in 2017, after being 3rd in the conference in RBIs (40) and slugging (.492) and hitting 11 HRs. “The Tank” is currently leading the team with in a plethora of categories, including a .347BA, 26 hits, 8 doubles, 5 HRs, 19 RBIs and slugging .653.

Oh, and if those numbers didn’t make it clear, the kid hits dingers.

Carson Teel

The Stillwater native has evolved into the most prolific Cowboy pitcher on staff right now. A former walk-on, now scholarship athlete, Teel has the ability to big things in the Big 12, and still has a year of eligibility remaining. The Junior turned down the Boston Red Sox last June to continue his college career, and is currently leading the Big 12 in ERA at 1.05, and dominating batters with an opponent batting average of .175.

If you see this guy coming into the game, you know it’s crunch time. Teel has played the college equivalent of a closer, and he’ll definitely see some minutes as Cowboys look to get their first conference wins. This weekend he lines up as the announced Saturday starter, signaling that this is a series OSU needs to win.

Supporting Cast

Upperclassmen infield duo Andrew Rosa .326/.468/.543 and Matt Kroon .265/.405/.456 have helped dominate at the plate and around the horn, combining for 22 RBIs and 4 HRs. Junior Christian Funk is another Cowboy big hitter, slugging .385 in his first year in Stillwater after two years at Fresno City Community College. Sophomore pitcher C.J. Varela holds a 2.75 ERA over 19.2 innings pitched, second best on the team.

Jonathan Heasley

The Sophomore from Plano, TX is in his second year as an established Cowboy starter, and is currently sitting at 2-2 after 5 starts on the year. His 6.49 ERA is uncharacteristically high, as he posted a 3.55 ERA last year as a Freshman. Heasley is the announced starter for OSU this Sunday, and should be ready for a mid-season rebound after a couple rough starts.

Weekend Starters

Friday: RHP Joe Lienhard 1-1, 5.50 ERA; 19 K, 10 BB in 18.0 IP

Saturday: LHP Carson Teel 3-0, 1.05 ERA; 33 K, 4 BB in 25.2

Sunday: RHP Jonathan Heasley 2-2, 6.49 ERA; 32 K, 14 BB in 26.1 IP


This year Texas and Oklahoma State were ranked 26th and 27th respectively in the NCAA preseason poll, and their records display a level of parity that is a hallmark of Big 12 baseball. Heasley, Teel and Simpson need to play up to match a Longhorn team that’s playing above their level, but Holliday-coached teams have done well against Texas and in Big 12 play. Expect the Cowboys to take a 2-1 series win this weekend, stealing one in Austin.

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CRFF The Podcast (Ep. 47) – Western Kentucky Recap, Season in Review

The Cowboys had their season cut down last night, and Cade and Dustin were able to break it down for you on this week’s show.

On this week’s episode, Cade and Dustin were able to break down the loss to Western Kentucky immediately following the game. The guys talked about what the loss means for the program in general, how this season performed against expectations, and much more.

As always, you can listen to the podcast here on Soundcloud. You can also listen to the podcast any time on our iTunes page here. If you choose to listen on iTunes, do us a favor and subscribe to the show, and leave us a review while you’re at it.

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High Noon Highlights (3/21): Oklahoma State eyeing USC Upstate grad transfer

Welcome to High Noon Highlights, the place to catch up on all the Oklahoma State news you might have missed.

Mike Cunningham will transfer, and Oklahoma State is interested:

The former USC-Upstate guard has announced that he has been granted his release from the program and is seeking a transfer. Oklahoma State is on his radar. After averaging 13.1 ppg and 3.1 apg, he has the potential to be solid guard. Other schools that have shown interest include Western Kentucky, University of Alabama Birmingham, Oklahoma, Valpraiso, Tulane, Wyoming, VCU, South Carolina and Nevada, ESPN Jeff Goodman reports. Getting some experience from a transfer could come in handy next year with the departure of Mitchell Solomon, Jeffrey Carroll and Kendall Smith.

Mandy Coleman, Loryn Goodwin and Kaylee Jensen give their goodbyes to Oklahoma State:

Following their loss to Mississippi State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the three Cowgirl seniors had an emotional press conference as their time in the black and orange came to an end. Jensen thanked the staff for their time here and the three shared their thoughts on their four years. I dare you to watch this without having to grab a tissues. Thank you ladies for a great four years!

Cowboy Golf closing in on a record:

After winning the Valspar Collegiate yesterday, Cowboy golf has won six straight contests. This brings them within one of a record seven straight victories set in 1986-87. Viktor Hovland won the individual competition, shooting a final-round 68 and finished the tournament 13-under par.

That’s all for today folks!

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Oklahoma State students get into Wednesday’s game vs. Western Kentucky for free

Coach Boynton continues to ensure the students are taken care of.

In his rookie season as head coach, Mike Boynton is ensuring that the Oklahoma State students are taken care of as his Cowboys continue to tear through the NIT bracket as they look to show the NCAA Tournament committee how wrong they were leaving OSU out.

Students will have to visit a ticket window to redeem the offer, so be prepared to show up a few minutes earlier to stand in line, as you will be unable to simply swipe your student ID and get into the arena.

This will be the final game at GIA this season. If the No. 2-seeded Cowboys defeat the No. 4-seeded Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky, they will head to Madison Square Garden in New York City to continue their NIT Championship pursuit.

The game will tip off at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN2. Mike Corey and John Thompson III will once again be the on-air personalities, as they had the call against for Monday’s Oklahoma State win over Stanford.

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High Noon Highlights (3/20): Former #OKState golfers crash practice and more

Welcome to High Noon Highlights a place to catch up on everything you missed yesterday in Oklahoma State Athletics

Cowboy Basketball ties a program record:

With Mondaly night’s home win against Stanford, the Cowboy’s have 15 home wins this season. This ties a program record. Congrats to first-year head coach Mike Boynton and team for this great accomplishment.

When Oklahoma State welcomes Western Kentucky to Stillwater tomorrow night, they have a chance to set a new record for home wins in a single season. It will also be the 800th men’s basketball win in Gallagher-Iba Arena history.

Cowboy Golf in route to sixth-straight victory:

The Oklahoma State men’s golf team has the lead heading into the final day of the Valspar Intercollegiate. Three of Oklahoma State’s golfers are also in the individual Top 10. The team leads going into Tuesday’s competition. If they manage to win, it will be their sixth win in a row.

Rickie Fowler and Morgan Hoffman watch over practice:

When you’ve got two PGA guys like Rickie Fowler and Morgan Hoffman as alumni of your program, it’s always nice when they pay a visit. During the Valspar Intercollegiate they did just that. The Cowboys did a post-round practice under the eyes of Fowler and Hoffman. They also got some life lessons from them.

Before this, they took in their former teams round:

Making #golfschool proud.

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WATCH: Mike Boynton talks about Cowboy Seniors

Head Coach Mike Boynton talks about how his seniors are finishing out their Cowboy careers.

Oklahoma State defeated Stanford in the second round of the NIT in Stillwater on Monday night. The Cowboys were led by Jeffrey Carroll, who had 26 points and 7 rebounds in the 71-65 victory. Head Coach Mike Boynton spoke after the game about what this senior class has meant to him.

“It’s awesome to see those guys finish their careers the way they are” Boynton said. The Cowboys Big 3 of Mitchell Solomon, Jeffery Carroll and Kendall Smith have been huge for the Cowboys down the stretch this season. These Cowboy seniors are also “laying the foundation for what the future of this program will be,” he continued.

While Clip poured in a game high 26, Kendall Smith added 19 points of his own. Mitchell Solomon reached double figures with 10 points despite being in foul trouble for most of the game, before eventually fouling out. With Solomon spending more time on the bench than usual, the bench was required to step up and help carry the Cowboys late.

“We’re just such a relentless group. The guys from top to bottom compete at the highest level” Smith said. While the big 3 seniors were the only Cowboys to score in double digits, it took everyone on the roster to help defend an athletic Stanford team.

For the Cowboy faithful, it might have been their last chance to see the seniors give it their all on the white maple hardwood.

If USC defeats Western Kentucky, the Cowboys will have to travel to the west coast before potentially heading to New York. However, if the Trojans lose, OSU would host Western Kentucky on Wednesday.

“Hopefully it won’t be my last game here, so we’ll see come tonight” Carroll said.

If tonight was in fact the last time these seniors leave the floor at GIA, is there a more fitting way than for Mitchell Solomon to go down fouling out, and for Jeffrey Carroll to go unconscious from the 3-point line? Here’s to hoping these seniors get one more game inside GIA.

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PREVIEW: Oklahoma State vs. Stanford: NIT Round 2

The Cowboys look to defend home court and keep their season alive.

After a wild weekend in college basketball, which featured the first ever No. 1 seed losing to a No. 16 seed in the Virginia-UMCB matchup and plenty of buzzer beaters and incredible shots, the Cowboys are looking to keep the status quo and avoid becoming the latest upset in NCAA men’s basketball postseason play.

After keeping Florida Gulf Coast at bay in the first round, the Cowboys will attempt to chop down Stanford in what will be the final basketball game played at Gallagher-Iba Arena this season.

Who: (2) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. (3) Stanford Cardinal

Where: Gallagher Iba Arena- Stillwater, Oklahoma

When: 6 p.m. CST

TV/Streaming: ESPNU/WatchESPN

Radio: Cowboy Radio Network

Spread: Oklahoma State (-7.5)

O/U: 153.5

The Cardinal of Stanford finished their season with an 18-15 record. The 11-7 Pac-12 record was good for fifth-best in the conference. In the regular season, they boasted wins over NCAA bubble team USC, swept NCAA tournament participant Arizona State and had a double-overtime win over NCAA tournament participant UCLA.

Unlike the Cowboys, the first-round matchup for the Cardinal was not easy and mostly in control of the favorite. It took Stanford two extra periods to knock off the No. 6-seeded BYU Cougars.

Reid Travis (no relation to country superstar Randy Travis that I know of) was a monster for Stanford, scoring 25 points and snatching 14 rebounds in the victory. Of the four Cardinal reserves, only Oscar da Silva was able to score any points, but he made his 26 minutes count, dropping four of his six shots – including two of his three shots from beyond the arc – for 13 points total.

This season, Reid leads Stanford in points scored per game (19.6), rebounds per game (8.7), field goal percentage with more than 100 shots taken (.556) and is second on the team in average minutes per game (33.9). In other words, Reid is the workhorse of this team. Measuring in at 6’8, the forward from Minneapolis, Minnesota should give both Mitchell Solomon and Yankuba Sima a test. However, if the duo can play clean basketball and the Cowboys drive the basketball instead of settling for threes, perhaps Travis will get into foul trouble and cripple the Stanford offense.

Stanford should be a good matchup height-wise for the Cowboys. The starting five from the first round of the first round game against BYU measure in at 6’9, 6’8, 6’8, 6’3 and 6’5. To compare, the Cowboys send Solomon (6’9) and Sima (6’11), along with a little bit of Cameron McGriff (6’7) – if the Cowboys go small – to combat in the post, while Jeffrey Carroll (6’6), Lindy Waters (6’6) and Kendall Smith (6’3) are left to handle the guards.

The Cowboys should look to pound the ball inside and attack the basket. In their matchup with BYU, Stanford allowed an insane 54 points in the paint

Stanford can get hot from outside the arc, as the Cardinal shoots 37.3 percent from beyond the arc, good for 71st best in the nation. However, the Achilles’ heel of the team is the amount of turnovers they have. They turn the ball over nearly 15 times a game – which is 31st worst in the nation, while only forcing 11.7 per game.

Daejon Davis is Stanford’s most prolific passer. Davis averages 4.9 assists per game, while only scoring 10.8 points per game. The Cardinal point guard will look to pass the ball around and use screens to beat the Cowboys’ early man-to-man defense. However, if Solomon, Sima and McGriff start to get in foul trouble look for the Cowboys to go to a 3-2 zone to try and neutralize both the Stanford sharpshooting as well as Travis down in the paint.

Oklahoma State is looking to tie the school record for most home wins in a season. The Cowboys currently are 14-4 on Eddie Sutton court and are looking to reach 15 for the first time since 2013.

Remember, if you are one of the students that is still in Stillwater (or live relatively close), you can get in free to cheer on the Cowboys.

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Cowgirl Basketball’s Jaden Hobbs nearly broke the NCAA Tournament three-point record yesterday

Watch all eight three-pointers that the true freshman poured in here.

Amidst the craziness of March Madness, Oklahoma State fans watched Cowgirl Basketball demolish eight-seed Syracuse in the first round of the Women’s NCAA Tournament by a score of 84-57.

Freshman Jaden Hobbs showed out in the contest, drilling eight (!!!) threes, one shy of the Women’s NCAA Tournament record. She had 23 points in the second quarter, essentially burying Syracuse before halftime.

I’m not sure she ever even hit the rim. Watch the highlights here:

Oklahoma State will take on 33-1 Mississippi State tomorrow with a Sweet Sixteen berth on the line. You can watch that game on ESPN2 at 8 P.M. tomorrow.

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CRFF The Podcast (Ep. 46) – March Madness Talk, NIT Breakdown

Cade and Dustin are back with another podcast, and this week, they break down the bracket and much more.

We’re back, baby!

Cade and Dustin are back with another episode of CRFF The Podcast. On this week’s episode, the guys discussed (at length) the NCAA Tournament, gave their upset special picks, and much, much more.

As always, you can listen on SoundCloud below. Additionally, you can listen to the podcast on our iTunes page. If you choose to listen there, do us a favor and leave a review and rating.

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Oklahoma State students get in free for Monday’s NIT game against Stanford

Ticket prices won’t be an issue for OSU students on Monday.

No excuses now!

All Oklahoma State students will receive free admission to Monday night’s NIT game against Stanford, the program announced today.

Oklahoma State is coming off a win against Florida Gulf Coast, while Stanford is coming off a win over BYU.

In that win over Florida Gulf Coast, the first 1,000 students received free admission to the game, so this promotion is definitely an upgrade.

The game tips off at 6 P.M. on Monday in Gallagher-Iba Arena, and will be broadcasted nationally on ESPNU.

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