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Cowboys Get Ready for Opener at Sam Houston State on Saturday

February 17, 2021

STILLWATER – Friday (Feb. 19) Oklahoma State head baseball coach Josh Holliday will load up his team on a bus and head south so they can play some baseball. The question begs is Huntsville, Texas and the artificial turf diamond at Sam Houston State University far enough south to play. Checking the weather forecast and Huntsville has a high on Friday of 38 degrees with a low of 18, so we’ve been told already that the series has shifted to a Saturday-thru-Monday schedule. Saturday is much better as the high will be 46 degrees and the low 37. Sunday will be downright balmy at 52 degrees with a low of 37. Monday will be 52 degrees and a low of 33.

Just in case you are wondering the high in Stillwater for Tuesday and the first scheduled game in O’Brate Stadium is 58 degrees.

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It has been downright cold for baseball.

Holliday admits with the artic weather being around for the past week to 10 days, he and his veteran staff have worked hard and thought deep on how to have this Oklahoma State team prepared to “play ball.”

“It’s been a chore just modifying what we thought would be a week outside preparing for opening weekend,” Holliday said of the final preparation for later this week. “We’re just trying to make sure that we are doing everything we can inside to be ready. All of the excitement for the opening of the season is good.”

The Cowboys are likely to be careful with arms and hope to play a number of players. As far as we know, this looks like the starting line-up or very close.

No. Player Position Class Ht. Wt. Home/School
15 Cade Cabbiness RF Sr. 6-4 232 Bixby, Okla.
28 Caden Trenkle CF Fr. 5-10 179 Hillsboro, Tex.
12 Carson McCusker LF Sr. 6-8 250 Sparks, Nev./Folsom Lake C.C.
42  Alix Garcia 1B Sr.  6-2 222 Othello, Wash. C. Arizona C.C.
1 Hueston Morrill 2B/SS So. 6-0 165 Like Oak, Fla./Suwannee H.S.
8 Matt Golda 2B/SS Jr. 5-11 190 Acushnet, Mass./Kentucky
24 Christian Encanarcion-Strand 3B So. 6-0 224 Pleasant Hill, Calf./Yavapai J.C.
7 Max Hewitt C Sr. 6-0 197 Midhurst, Ont., Canada/Connors State C.C.
17 Jake Thompson DH Jr. 6-0 210 Albert Lea, Minn./Kentucky

Here is a look at the expected starting rotation for the Cowboys.

No. Player Pitches Class Ht. Wt. Home/School
3 Bryce Osmond RHP Fr. 6-3 181 Jenks, Okla
6 Parker Scott LHP Jr. 6-1 174 Flower Mound, Texas
32 Justin Wrobleski LHP So. 6-1 194 Canton, Ga./Clemson
27 Justin Campbell RHP Fr. 6-7 221 Simi Valley, Calf.

A huge key for the Cowboys out of what shapes up to be a very good bullpen is sophomore Brett Standlee, a 6-4, 223-pound right-handed pitcher that doesn’t rattle in big situation. A former high school quarterback at Jenks H.S., Standlee is used to pressure situations and has showed that in his OSU career. Josh Holliday feels he is the likely closer. 

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Ready to go in Huntsville.

The Bearkats are a perennial NCAA Tournament team and are picked to win Southland Conference again this season. The Bearkats play in spacious Don Sanders Stadium, which has an all articficial turf surface and seat 1,163 fans.  

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