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A deceptive duel

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OSU pitcher Parker Scott pitches during the Oklahoma State vs. BYU baseball game on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater.

The box score doesn’t show the pitchers duel that occurred.

The Friday matchup of a series is normally reserved for both team’s best pitchers to duke it out with strikeouts, weak grounders and pop-ups. A box score disguises the duel on the bump that occurred Friday in O’Brate Stadium where Oklahoma State defeated Kansas State 14-5.

The Cowboys jumped on Kansas State starter and No. 10 overall MLB draft prospect Jordan Wicks early. With only one out recorded in the game, freshman infielder Nolan McLean hit a home run into the Wildcat’s bullpen.

“That was huge,” OSU catcher Max Hewitt said. “We want to come out fast and bring the fight to them and Nolan did a great job taking, I think it was a down and away slider and hitting it out of the park and that was fantastic for us.”

Later in the first inning, a Hewitt single scored two more Cowboy runs and the Cowboys took a 3-0 lead.

For a stretch, the duel came into focus. Wicks sat down 12 of the 13 batters he faced, after allowing three early runs, and Scott got into a groove of his own.

“I think it was a pitching duel, 3-2 in the sixth (inning) on a Friday night,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said. “Their runs were a homer so you know that wasn’t exactly a rally, that was one really good swing of the bat by the guy, but 3-2 in the sixth inning is a classic Friday night game.”

OSU starter Parker Scott held his own against the highly rated Wicks on Friday. Scott pitched 8 innings, had 8 strikeouts and surrendered 3 earned runs. Wicks threw 6 innings, struck out 9, but gave up 5 earned runs.

The box score became deceiving and the game put out of reach when the Cowboys hung a crooked number in the seventh inning. Four hits and two Wildcat errors plated 7 runs in the inning.

Scott pitched 8 innings, had 8 strikeouts and surrendered 3 earned runs. Wicks threw 6 innings, struck out 9, but gave up 5 earned runs.

“I just appreciated (Scott’s) effort, he prepares like a professional. He competed really well all night and to have him go out and finish that inning, we got more arms in the pen because of that and he never quit. He had a great night and it's always a pleasure to be behind the dish for him,” Hewitt said.