#3 Oklahoma State Cowboys (39-17, Big 12 At-Large Bid)
Tanner Krietemeier - .321 BA, 14 doubles, 4 HR, 43 RBI
Saulyer Saxon - .320 BA, .414 OBP
Randy McCurry - .311 BA, 20 doubles, 38 RBI
Victor Romero - .289 BA, 11 doubles, 4 HR, 27 RBI
Zach Fish - .284, 17 doubles, 7 HR, 41 RBI, 10 steals
Tyler Nurdin - 4-3, 1.83 ERA, .233 BAA
Jason Hursh - 6-4, 2.65 ERA, .257 BAA
Mark Robinette - 5-1, 3.92 ERA, .236 BAA
Vince Wheeland - 28 apps., 2.09 ERA, 62/13 K/BB ratio
Brendan McCurry - 27 apps., 2.28 ERA, .220 BAA, 8 saves
The Cowboys got into the field of 64 by the skin of their teeth, but they are no cupcake. They had a nice Big 12 campaign, winning series over fellow regional teams Kansas State and Oklahoma. In the non-conference, they won a series against New Mexico on the road and swept a late-season tournament in Omaha against Creighton, Nebraska and Rutgers.
Much like Miami, this team will go as far as their starting pitching takes them. Nurdin and Hursh are a very formidable 1-2 punch. The bullpen, led by Wheeland and McCurry, features five pitchers with ERAs of 3.18 or lower.
Unlike OSU offenses of the past, this one is nothing to write home about, but they do have a budding star in sophomore Zach Fish. The versatile, do-everything player from Kalamazoo, Michigan hits for average and power and can steal bases.
I have a feeling the Cowboys will be quite competitive this weekend, but I can’t help but feel like they will be done in by the fact that they got put in a regional with teams that do many of the same things they do, just better.