It was a couple of days later than imagined, but Oklahoma State baseball opened its season Sunday with a 3-1 win over Wichita State.
Here are three takeaways from the game:
Alix Garcia shows he has what it takes to anchor the lineup
Alix Garcia chose to come back to Oklahoma State with a sense of unfinished business after a shortened 2020 campaign. He started hot in the Cowboys’ opening game. In his first at-bat, Garcia brought home two Cowboys with a bases clearing double. Garcia finished the game with two RBIs and two doubles on his way to a 3-for-4 day, which was the best out of the Cowboy lineup. He was the only Cowboy with more than one base hit. With the performance today, Garcia showed he didn’t miss a beat, while accounting for two of the Cowboys three first inning runs.
Rob Walton’s pitching staff showed immense poise in tough positions
Justin Wrobleski made his OSU debut on the mound in the eighth inning, but it didn’t get off to the start he would’ve hoped. With no outs, Wichita State loaded the bases in a tight game, but after a OSU pitching coach Rob Walton’s mound visit, Wrobleski turned it around. He was able to get out of the jam with two strikeouts. That was just one jam the Cowboys staff was able to pitch out of en route to, allowing just one run despite 11 hits. The Cowboys pitchers were able to leave 13 Shocker base runners on base. Parker Scott, Kale Davis, Wrobleski and Brett Standlee combined for 13 strikeouts in the win.
Brett Standlee makes a strong case to fill the void at closer left by Ben Leeper
Ben Leeper was the Cowboys’ go-to closer in 2020, but he signed a contract with the Cubs to move onto the MLB, leaving that spot open for someone to fill. In the first game since Leeper’s departure. Walton turned to Brett Standlee to close out the Shockers. Standlee made quick and easy work of the Shockers with three straight strikeouts to end the game. Standlee recorded one save in 2020 and posted a 1.83 ERA in 19.2 innings. Standlee could be handed the closing duties after the dominant performance against Wichita State.