OSU baseball: Bats support Parker Scott's strong start in rout of Texas
STILLWATER — With a college career that had become defined more by injuries than his potential, Parker Scott showed Friday night what Oklahoma State coaches thought he could be when he arrived two years ago.
Making just his second start of the season, Scott allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out eight Texas batters in the Cowboys’ 10-2 rout at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Scott appeared in six games his freshman season of 2017 before an injury ended his season, then he sat out last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
On Friday night, the 6-foot-1 sophomore left-hander was dialed in, throwing 65 of 99 pitches for strikes in seven innings of work. Before Friday, he hadn’t gone more than four innings — a mark he only reached once, that coming last week in his first start of the year at Kansas.
Only a two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning off OSU reliever Ben Leeper prevented a second straight shutout of the No. 19-ranked Longhorns, following Thursday’s 15-0 blowout.
The Cowboy offense caused problems for Texas starting pitcher Blair Henley, scoring two runs in the first inning when Carson McCusker doubled off the right-center field wall.
OSU freshman leadoff hitter Hueston Morrill hit his first career Cowboy home run, a solo shot to right field, and the first allowed by Henley this season.
After Morrill’s homer, OSU’s next three hitters reached base, setting the table for McCusker, who hit a grand slam off the right field foul pole.
He finished 4-for-5 with six runs batted in, accounting for nearly half of the Cowboys’ nine hits.
OSU (24-13, 9-5 Big 12) will end the series with Texas (24-17, 5-8) at 3 p.m. Saturday, with the first 1,000 fans getting free admission.