OSU baseball weekend recap: Rocky week for Cowboys
STILLWATER — Missed opportunities on Sunday haunted Oklahoma State as it watched a potential series win slip away in the final innings against West Virginia.
Week record: 1-3
Overall record: 19-11 (6-3 Big 12)
The week ahead: Wednesday at Wichita State; Friday-Sunday at Kansas
Saturday’s Simpson slam
The Cowboys lost three of four games at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium last week — one to Central Arkansas and two of three to West Virginia — but the man of many nicknames saved Saturday’s victory.
OSU catcher Colin Simpson (also known as Tank, or Homer Simpson) hit an eighth-inning grand slam to cap the Cowboys’ five-run eighth inning for a 9-5 victory.
OSU trailed 5-0 after four innings before Andrew Navigato kickstarted the rally with an RBI single in the fifth. Noah Sifrit, playing for the injured Carson McCusker, drove in a run each in the sixth and eighth as well.
“He hasn’t had a lot of playing time this year, and he’s maintained a great attitude, which I appreciate,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said of Simpson. “When his number was called, he delivered for his team, so I’m very happy for him and happy for our team that he’s done the things you ask your players to do.”
Simpson had been sharing catching duties with Bryce Carter, who is injured as well, but Simpson responded with his fourth and fifth home runs of the season.
Starting pitcher Brett Standlee gave the Cowboys a strong performance on Sunday, allowing one run over six innings, but otherwise, it was a rough week for the OSU starting rotation.
Standlee was the only starter to get past the fourth inning, and Holliday had to turn to his best relievers both Saturday and Sunday.
“When you ask guys to go back-to-back days, or twice in a weekend, then obviously, the second time up’s a little tougher on a kid to dial up the same stuff that he had the first time,” Holliday said.
“Our kids that have started have pitched a lot of baseball and pitched very well. We have a lot of confidence in them.”