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OSU baseball: Freshman Brett Standlee finding rhythm in weekend pitching rotation

Oklahoma State head coach Josh Holliday's Cowboys open a home series against Texas on Thursday. [BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World]
Oklahoma State head coach Josh Holliday's Cowboys open a home series against Texas on Thursday. [BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World]

STILLWATER — Brett Standlee has found a sense of comfort in Oklahoma State’s weekend pitching rotation.

The redshirt freshman from Jenks has made four straight Sunday starts and will anchor the rotation in the three-game series against visiting Texas, set to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

While Standlee’s first couple of weekend starts weren’t up to his standards, he has provided a pair of quality performances the last two weeks — even if the final result doesn’t show it.

He allowed one run on four hits in six innings against West Virginia two weeks ago, though the Cowboys couldn’t hold onto a 2-1 lead. He gave up two runs on six hits in six innings last Sunday at Kansas in a game OSU eventually lost in extra innings.

The 6-foot-4, 232-pound Standlee has a 2-0 record with a 3.12 earned-run average, 38 strikeouts and 13 walks in 40 1/3 innings.

“I’ve just got to keep working, keep getting better,” Standlee said. “Knowing when you’re gonna pitch is good. When you’re coming out of the ‘pen, you don’t know. Having that week to prepare mentally and physically is good.”

Standlee has gone at least six innings in three of his five starts, allowing three total runs in those three appearances.

And he has become a good source of innings for coach Josh Holliday, helping to rest the bullpen on occasion. Only Jensen Elliott, with nine starts and 45 2/3 innings pitched, has thrown more for the Cowboys this season.

“When you have to get to your bullpen, and you ask guys to go back-to-back days, or twice in a weekend, then obviously, the second time up is a little tougher on the kid to dial up the same stuff he had the first time,” Holliday said.

Of course, the pressure is a little more intense on a weekend starter than a reliever who is asked to throw an inning or two a couple times a week.

“You throw once a week,” Standlee said. “You gotta execute when you’re throwing, and you’ll be all right.”

Oklahoma State vs. Texas

Where: Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, Stillwater

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, 6:35 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday

TV: FS1 (Thursday), Fox Sports Plus (Friday), ESPNU (Saturday)

Radio: KSPI 93.7 FM

Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›