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3 takeaways as OSU sweeps Wichita State in first series

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Brock Mathis at bat during the Oklahoma State vs. Saint Louis baseball game on March 11, 2020 at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

Oklahoma State baseball had an offensive explosion in the middle innings en route to a 14-6 win over Wichita State.

The win moves OSU to 2-0 on the season and completes the sweep of the Shockers. The Cowboys now move their attention to the O’Brate stadium grand opening on Wednesday.

Here are three takeaways from the win:

Josh Holliday flexes the Cowboys depth with lineup changes throughout the game.

On top of the three changes to the starting batting order, coach Josh Holliday pinch hit four different players throughout the game in a flex of depth for the No. 20 Cowboys. Brock Mathis started in place of Max Hewitt at catcher and showed the Cowboys options behind the plate. He went 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI. Mathis also crossed the plate three times himself. In all, Holliday played 13 players in the batting order and added five on the mound. The depth will be important in the grind of a college baseball season.

Cowboys prove how lethal they can be offensively with scoring explosions.

Once the Cowboys recorded their first run of the game, they didn’t look back. From the fourth inning through the eighth, OSU scored at least two runs in each of those innings, including five in the fourth. The Cowboys scored 14 runs on 17 hits of the eight went for extra bases, including two home runs to secure the sweep of the Shockers. Big offensive explosions like these going forward will be beneficial in a loaded Big 12 conference.

OSU’s youth will have a big impact on the season as it goes forward.

True freshmen Dominic Johnson and OSU football quarterback Nolan Mclean both found themselves in the starting lineup for the first time in their young careers. Both players had their impacts felt in different ways during the game. Freshman Marcus Brown pinch hit for the Cowboys to make his debut. Freshman pitcher Trevor Martin pitched three no-hit innings in relief for the Cowboys and recorded the win. The freshmen add to the depth of the Cowboys roster and could make a splash moving forward.

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