It had been 347 days since the Cowboys last took the field, but now they are winners on opening day.
OSU got the jump on Wichita State right out of the gate with three runs in the first, and that’s all that was needed the rest of the way, backed by a masterful team-wide pitching performance that allowed just one run.
“I didn’t expect to play a perfect game, but I loved the effort and I thought that was a perfect way to start,” coach Josh Holliday said.
The Cowboy offense exploded in the first inning when Max Hewitt brought home Caeden Trenkle on a fielder’s choice to left field, followed by Alix Garcia sending a ball into the right-center gap, bringing home two more.
That was it for the scoring.
OSU got runners in scoring position a few other times, but a few miscues — such as a failed bunt attempt, kept it from scoring.
“We had a good first inning,” Holliday said. “We were in position to score a couple other times, but you know what that happens sometimes early in the season.”
Luckily, those three runs were enough for the Cowboy pitchers today.
Parker Scott took the mound first for the Pokes, and he struck-out six, allowed five hits and gave up one run in five innings of work.
“It started with Parker, he gave us a really good start. He’s such a skilled veteran pitcher and a calming presence.”
From there, Kale Davis contributed two innings of shutout baseball, then lefty grad-transfer Justin Wrobleski came in for the eighth inning. That’s when things got scary.
Back-to-back base hits followed by a misplayed pop-up bunt loaded the bases for WSU with nobody out. That’s when Wrobleski picked up a strikeout, got a force out at home and then ended the inning with another strikeout.
No harm, no foul.
“To see Justin answer the call right there, what a huge sign of confidence in him and confidence in our team from the way he handled bases loaded nobody out,” Holliday said.
Closer Brett Standlee came in for the ninth and struckout the side, and that was it. The Cowboys held on for the 3-1 victory.