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Garcia's competitiveness drives improvement ahead of season

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OSU first baseman Alix Garcia looks on during the Oklahoma State vs. TCU Big 12 Conference Baseball Championship semifinal game two on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

Alix Garcia is his own biggest critic. 

The first baseman on the Oklahoma State baseball team has constantly worked on improving his craft since he joined the Cowboys last season.

After a slow start to his OSU career where he batted below .300 for most of nonconference play, Garcia found his groove once the Big 12 season began.

“That’s kind of when I started finding my role on the team,” Garcia said. “I just kinda ran with it. I didn’t want to be pulled out of the lineup after that because I got so used to playing.”

Garcia's mindset hasn’t changed as the senior prepares for his final season at OSU.

Coach Josh Holliday said Garcia came to the field every day with something to prove.

“Alix is very competitive, and he’s been that way since he’s come here,” Holliday said. 

Garcia continued to better his game with the help of OSU’s new hitting coach, former MLB all-star Matt Holliday. 

Matt said he and Garcia have worked together on little aspects of his hitting to help him get to the next step forward.

“Just some little things that we’re working on to make sure he knows about himself,” Matt said. “I think sometimes as kids, you don’t even know your own swing very well. So [I’m] trying to help him help himself to where he can make pitch-to-pitch adjustments."

Garcia said going into this season is bittersweet because he knew it meant the beginning of the end for his college career. However, Garcia is ready to make the most of his remaining time at OSU.

“The thing I like about him is he expects a lot out of himself,” Matt said. “He takes the game seriously and he’s gonna be a big part of our offense.”

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