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Plunging forward: Cowboys lose again

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Carson McCusker

Carson McCusker in the outfield

It’s been rough as of late for the Cowboy baseball team.

Oklahoma State (24-14-1) lost 5-3 to Oklahoma (22-19) Saturday afternoon. The Cowboys have now dropped the past two games of the Bedlam series and seven of their last eight conference games.

“The kids are hurting, I mean, we don’t take losing well. We’ve lost a patch of games here and it’s been very frustrating for all of us,” coach Josh Holliday said.

OSU pitcher Justin Campbell gave up two runs in a second inning that saw four Sooner batters hit singles. He exited the game after five innings and 103 pitches.

“Gutsy is pretty accurate,” Holliday said. “Not (Campbell’s) most precise outing but competitive very much. He gave us a chance to win and that’s all you’d like out of your starting pitching is a chance to win.”

The Cowboys chipped away and took the lead, scoring one run in each of the next three innings. The game-tying run came off the bat of Campbell, who is in the running for the Golden Spikes award for his two-way play.

“To hit and pitch you kind of marvel at the kid. I haven’t coached many who can do that, but Justin has, and he’s done a good job,” Holliday said.

After the loss, Holliday was not deflated or down. There was a fire in his eyes to get back out there.

“It’s my job to be fired up, it’s my job to love what I do and it’s our job to take this challenge on like men and not make excuses or get down or transfer blame or any of those things.”

Although he can’t force the injured arms on his rotation to heal faster Holliday gave a roadmap for how the team can get back on track.

“It’s to turn it and stay with our kids and stay positive with them and believe in them because they deserve that and that’s the way you move the needle forward rather than sorrow and sympathy. That’s not what Oklahoma State’s about, that’s what they were built on,” Holliday said.

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