OSU baseball: Jensen Elliott's dominance, Cade Cabbiness' performance highlight week
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State baseball got off to a hot start to last week, outscoring Missouri State and Southeastern Louisiana 27-3 over three games before dropping Sunday’s game to the Lions, 5-3 to close out their final series before Big 12 play begins.
Week record: 3-1
Overall record: 12-6
The week ahead: Tuesday at Dallas Baptist, Friday through Sunday vs. Kansas State
Elliott starts it off right
Junior right-hander Jensen Elliott had perhaps the best start of his Cowboys career — and certainly the best since his freshman season — in Friday’s series opener vs. Southeastern Louisiana.
Elliott threw seven scoreless inning, walking four and striking out five while allowing just a single hit.
Elliott took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before a leadoff single through the left side of the infield.
Elliott had only once come out for the sixth inning this season, and after the win he attributed his success to his approach.
“It’s good to see that I’m getting more aggressive in the strike zone earlier in the count,” Elliott said. “The last couple of weeks I’ve had a hard time getting ahead, and that’s when the pitch count comes in.
“Still definitely room to improve but it was definitely a good start.”
Cabbiness turning it around
Junior outfielder Cade Cabbiness had a rough start to the season at the plate, hitting just .191 going into last week.
Cabbiness hadn’t been known as much for his bat during his time with the Cowboys, hitting .132 last season.
But he strung together strong games last week, going 3 for 4 with three runs and an RBI against Missouri State before going 2 for 3 with an RBI in the opener vs. Southeastern Louisiana and 1 for 3 in the middle game.
Cabbiness raised his batting average to .250 after the weekend.
Rough start for Stone
The Cowboys went into Sunday’s series finale vs. Southeastern Louisiana with a chance at a sweep.
But those hopes took a big hit early when redshirt freshman Mitchell Stone struggled out of the gate.
Stone walked the first batter he faced and that runner eventually came around to score with the benefit of just one single.
In the second, Stone retired the first batter before walking the next two, forcing a pitching change.
Both of those runners eventually scored too, putting Oklahoma State in a quick 3-0 hole.
The Cowboys trailed the rest of the way.