OSU baseball weekend recap: Sweep of Oregon State has Cowboys soaring into Bedlam
STILLWATER — One win on the home field of the defending national champion would have been good. A series sweep by Oklahoma State of No. 2-ranked Oregon State couldn’t have been any better.
Week record: 3-0
Overall record: 28-16 (10-8 Big 12)
The week ahead: Friday vs. OU at Tulsa; Saturday vs. OU at OKC; Sunday at OU
Elliott dealing again
OSU’s regular Friday night starter, Jensen Elliott, went through a rough stretch in March, but looks to be finding his rhythm at just the right time.
He threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout against Texas on April 18, and he bounced back from a shaky start against Texas Tech with a gem Friday at Oregon State.
Elliott allowed two hits and two walks over seven shutout innings, and Peyton Battenfield closed it with two perfect innings to seal the 1-0 win.
Elliott is 6-3 over his 12 starts with a 4.24 earned-run average and 42 strikeouts over a team-best 63 2/3 innings.
In Saturday’s 5-2 win, the Cowboys used four relievers behind starter Parker Scott, who allowed a run over three innings. Logan Gragg earned the win with four shutout innings, giving up one hit.
Bringing the Funk
Christian Funk lit the spark in OSU’s offense Saturday, with a solo home run in the first inning, a sacrifice fly in the third and an RBI single in the fifth to drive in three of the Cowboys’ five runs.
In Sunday’s win, it was the middle of the lineup that got hot, with the Nos. 4-5-6 hitters getting three hits apiece. Andrew Navitago had a two-run double, and Trevor Boone had four RBI, including a three-run homer in the sixth that tied the pulled the Cowboys out of a 6-3 hole. Boone leads the Big 12 with 16 homers.
Then Cade Cabbinness sealed it with his two-run single in the eighth before closer Ben Leeper finished it with two strong innings to earn his fifth save.
Oklahoma State likely put itself back in the mix for an NCAA regional host berth after becoming the first team since 2010 to sweep a three-game series from Oregon State on its home field.
OSU has two series remaining, with Bedlam this week and a home series against Baylor to close out the regular season. So the Cowboys have the opportunity to improve on their status as a potential host.