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3 takeaways: bullpen woes, offense shines in OSU series vs Baylor

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Jake Thompson

The OSU bullpen fell apart on Thursday after blowing an 11-3 lead, but after Friday and Saturday, the Cowboys got their hats straightened out.

No. 8 OSU went to Waco, Texas, the home of the Baylor Bears and won the series. All three games had their fair share of drama, which is only fitting to end the Big 12 regular season.

Here are three takeaways from OSU’s final regular-season series.

Pen problems

It wasn’t a pleasant weekend to be a Cowboy pitcher. The bullpen ERA was 6.00. Victor Mederos and Mitchell Stone had the best performances this weekend, as Mederos pitched six innings and allowed three runs on Thursday. while Stone relieved Trevor Martin after a three-run first inning on Saturday.

Stone recorded five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings, his longest appearance of the season. Cowboy ace Justin Campbell pitched Friday and allowed five runs including four in the fifth inning. Kale Davis relieved Campbell and tossed three scoreless innings to set up Nolan McLean to wrap up Friday’s game.

Plentiful scoring

The math is easy on this one. Before Saturday’s game was called early due to weather, the Cowboys scored 31 runs this weekend. The bats are hot for OSU at the right time as next weekend is the Big 12 tournament. The Cowboys notched 18 hits on Thursday, 15 on Friday and 17 on Saturday.

Shouts from OSU coach Josh Holliday could be heard from the dugout saying, “Let’s go Zach Ehrhard.” The outfielder had a weekend as earned a hit on 50% of his at bats for the series and mashed two home runs.  Outfielder Jake Thompson hit .750 for the series including three walks and a home run.

Missed opportunities

While scoring 31 runs in three games is highly favorable, it’s the runners stranded that is worrisome for the Cowboys. In OSU’s Thursday loss, it left 13 on base. Friday, it left five on base and nine on Saturday. On Saturday, bases were loaded twice and one run was scored.

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