Although it’s not quite like Fenway Park, the 19-foot right field wall in Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is still plenty imposing.
OSU outfielder Carson McCusker knew he got a hold of an 0-1 pitch in the second inning, but he said he was still worried the ball might not carry the wall. The deafening horn that sounds after every home run took away all doubts and singled McCusker’s 3-run blast.
“I haven’t seen many (opposite field home runs over the right field wall) in over 20 some odd years of playing games here. That’s a pretty impressive swing from a very unique and what I consider very rare talent in Carson McCusker,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said.
McCusker’s home run was part of an early offensive onslaught by the Cowboys, which compiled eight runs against the West Virginia Mountaineers in the first two innings. It set the tone for a 12-2 run-rule victory cut short after seven runs.
The benefactor of the run support was OSU pitcher Parker Scott, who made just his second appearance since April 16 because of an undisclosed injury.
It took a while for Scott to quite literally find his footing. Because of the rapid back-to-back nature of the Big 12 Tournament, Josh Holliday said the mound was a bit sticky and Scott lacked traction early in the game.
OSU catcher Max Hewitt was the one who used a tool to scrape the caked-clay from the bottom of Scott’s cleat.
“I thought Parker showed some really good signs as the game went on. The more pitches he threw the more rhythm he had. He needs the mound time to get his body and his arm back in shape. He looked good, I was very pleased with what he did,” Holliday said.
McCusker said having Scott, a veteran left handed arm, back in the rotation gave the team an energy boost and confidence.
“(Scott) is such a big part of our team and we feel like if we can have him built up and ready that makes us a much better postseason team with that young man in the mix,” Holliday said.
The Cowboys will next play the winner of Texas and West Virginia Saturday at 12:30 p.m.