OSU baseball weekend roundup: Cowboys win at USC, Dodger Stadium on LA trip
The Oklahoma State baseball team’s trip to Los Angeles featured a win at USC, a loss at a ballpark named for a Dodger and an extra-innings victory at a stadium that belongs to the Dodgers.
Week record: 3-1
Overall record: 9-5
The week ahead: Tuesday vs. Missouri State, Friday-Sunday vs. Southeastern Louisiana
Participating in the Dodgertown Classic this weekend, the Cowboys altered their rotation.
In its previous three series, OSU deployed Jensen Elliott, Logan Gragg and Mitchell Stone as their weekend starters, in that order. In LA, Stone started Friday at USC, Elliott drew Saturday’s start at UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium, and senior Joe Lienhard made his first start of the season against Michigan on Sunday in Dodger Stadium.
Lienhard, who had a 1.10 ERA in seven relief appearances, fired 5 1/3 one-run innings. Gragg, a junior college transfer who had a 12.96 ERA through three starts, pitched twice in relief during the week. The right-hander served as a setup man in both appearances, pitching a scoreless eighth during Wednesday’s midweek victory against Wichita State before serving up a game-tying home run in the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium, though the Cowboys won 3-2 in 10 innings.
Tank heating up
Entering the week hitting .171, Cowboy catcher Colin Simpson left it batting .245.
OSU’s three-hole hitter had his first multi-hit game Wednesday against the Shockers, with one of his two hits being a three-run, opposite-field home run. He shined in Dodger Stadium, recording half of the Cowboys’ six hits.
On the week, Simpson hit .429 with three runs scored, seven RBIs and the homer.
Scott returns from Tommy John surgery
Left-hander Parker Scott, who as a freshman in 2017 pitched his way in the Cowboys’ weekend rotation, made his first appearance in almost exactly two years Sunday.
On March 12, 2017, Scott exited four pitches into a start in the second game of a doubleheader and subsequently underwent Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow; in the day’s first game, Elliott made his final start before an eventual Tommy John surgery, as well.
Scott missed all of 2018 while recovering, but he replaced Lienhard with one out in the sixth inning Sunday. He induced a flyout and picked off a runner before allowing hits to two of three batters he faced in the seventh, but Gragg stranded two in scoring position to keep Scott’s line scoreless.