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3 takeaways as OSU wins in O’Brate grand opening

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The first ever game in O’Brate Stadium is in the books.

Oklahoma State used a five-run second inning to get the jump on Little Rock and coast the rest of the way to a 7-2 victory.

There’s a lot to talk about after a historic day for Cowboy baseball, but here’s three takeaways from today:

O’Brate Stadium is unbelievable

Everything about it was breathtaking.

This didn’t just feel like a game, it felt like an event. Cowboy fans knew this place was going to be great, but as I looked around, I saw nothing but awe and adoration toward the new home of OSU baseball. The student section in right field is a great addition, and I’m intrigued to see what new traditions they can come up with.

Today was the first of many at O’Brate, and I’m definitely not complaining about that.

OSU’s lineup is dangerous from top-to-bottom

OSU had nine hits today and they came from seven different people. Hueston Morrill and Matt Golda are interchangeable at the 1-9 spots and the other seven guys are versatile hitters with a good mix of power and contact. Josh Holliday has options with this lineup.

This is an incredibly deep lineup already, and Carson McCusker still isn’t even in the mix yet as he recovers from a lower body injury. The lineup depth mixed with constant power threats could make this team very dangerous.

Cowboys have some elite strikeout pitchers

Justin Campbell’s 12-6 curveball had devastating effects to Little Rock’s hitters today. Mix that with his 90-92 mph fastball, and you’ve got some problems. Campbell set down six batters in 4.0 innings of work. Wyatt Cheney and John Kelly struck-out three batters a piece out of the pen, and Colton Bowman and Brett Standlee each struck-out one batter in the ninth inning.

It’s still early in the season, but OSU’s pitchers have shown that they all have some nasty stuff to mow down opposing batters.

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