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Mathis, Polcovich combine for 12 RBIs against Saint Louis

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OSU catcher Brock Mathis (33) celebrates with center fielder Caeden Trenkle (28) after Mathis' first home run during the Oklahoma State vs. Saint Louis baseball game on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater.

Last season at LSU, Brock Mathis played in 48 games and recorded three home runs.

In only his 10th game at Oklahoma State, Mathis tied his home run total from last year after hitting two in the Cowboys’ 22-4 win against Saint Louis on Tuesday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

The Cowboys (12-5) already led 1-0 when Mathis stepped up the plate for his first at-bat. On the 0-1 pitch, Mathis knocked the ball to left field and it sailed over the wall. However, Mathis did get a little help from some strong northerly winds.

“Once you get the ball almost above the lights it’s like the ball has two engines on it and it just takes off,” Mathis said. 

In Mathis’ second time at the plate, he didn’t need the wind to help him go yard. Mathis crushed a three-run home run to left field and gave a Trevor Boone-esque bat flip after he made contact with the ball.

“The second one I felt that one,” Mathis said. “I saw the changeup up and it was just a perfect pitch, just met the barrel perfect and put a good swing on it.”

Coach Josh Holliday was impressed with the catcher’s performance at the plate on Tuesday.

“He’s been working a lot on his swing and he got two pitches that he could get on the barrel,” Holliday said. “If you’re a big, strong kid and you can hit the ball hard up in the air like that sometimes it’s gonna go out.”

Mathis wasn’t the only Cowboy to go yard as Hueston Morrill, Kaden Polcovich and Cade Cabbiness hit home runs in the third, sixth and eighth innings, respectively.

While Mathis hit two home runs, Polcovich had an equally impressive performance as he had seven RBIs and almost hit for the cycle.

Polcovich hit a double, triple and home run before stepping up to the plate again in the seventh inning. As much as he would’ve enjoyed hitting for the cycle, Polcovich was walked in his last plate appearance.

“I mean you’re up 15, 16 (runs), at that point, it’s just not in the playbook,” Polcovich said. “It was (on my mind) a little bit. You just try not to think about it.”

While OSU lost its core group of home run hitters after last season, Polcovich, Mathis and many other Cowboys have shown they can hit for power as well. 

“Putting ourselves in good situations in good situations in the box and good counts and things like that ultimately determines that,” Mathis said. 

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