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3 things to watch for: OSU baseball home opener

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OSU designated hitter Justin Campbell smiles during the Oklahoma State vs. Saint Louis baseball game on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater.

After a long wait, the first home baseball game in O’Brate stadium has arrived, and the anticipation is mounting amongst Oklahoma State baseball fans.

Here are three things to watch when the Cowboys open their new stadium with a mid-week game against Little Rock.

The atmosphere of O’Brate Stadium in its debut.

Allie P. Reynolds stadium was great and has a storied history, but it was time to move, and now the history of O'Brate begins with this first game. Although it’s not going to be how anyone had hoped with a jam packed crowd, it is still sure to be loud and fun for a team with Omaha hopes to open this new baseball meca. When the first pitch is thrown, watch for the cheers and relief of the fans who have been waiting almost a year for this day that has finally arrived.

Can the Cowboys build off of the huge offensive explosion on Monday?

The Cowboys put up 14 runs on the board against Wichita State in their sweep-clinching win Monday, and now will hope to continue that offensive success into the home opener. In the first two games, the Cowboys have 24 hits and 11 of those have been extra base hits, including two home runs. What better way to open up a stadium th@n to continue to build on to an offensive explosion.

Will the pitching staff continue its hot streak?

Rob Walton’s staff has been near perfect to start the season. Of the nine pitchers to see the mound for the Cowboys, only three have allowed a run and only one has allowed more than two. They have also amounted 23 strikeouts, only five walks and two extra base hits. They’ve also been great in critical situations and pitching out of trouble. If the Cowboys pitching can continue its strong start and the offense its dominance, the Cowboys are in good shape.