Takeaways from OSU's loss to GCU: new faces across the field for Cowboys

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Carson McCusker is going into his last season with the Cowboys, but he is one of a few seniors on a team full of newcomers.

The season opener was tough for the Oklahoma State baseball team, but it was an opportunity for several new faces to join the lineup.

Grand Canyon University defeated OSU 10-3 on Friday night in Phoenix. Here are three takeaways from the game:

Multiple pitchers make OSU debuts

The Cowboys used four pitchers against the Antelopes, and none of them had thrown in a game for OSU before.

Freshman Bryce Osmond (0-1) started and tallied the loss. Heading into the bottom of the third, when GCU led 5-1, freshman Kale Davis replaced him. Davis gave up two runs through four innings.

Roman Phansalkar and freshman Ryan Bogusz also made their Cowboy debuts. Although Phansalkar is a sophomore, he didn’t pitch during the past season because he was recovering from Tommy John surgery.

It wasn’t an easy first outing for any of these pitchers, but it’s important for them to gain this experience early in the season so they can start fine-tuning their skills as soon as possible.

Polcovich shows potential

A newcomer had the Cowboys’ first hit of the season.

In the first inning, second baseman Kaden Polcovich cranked a single to right-center field. After stealing second and then moving to third base on a wild pitch, Polcovich scored when Jake Thompson hit a single.

Polcovich, who played at Northwest Florida State junior college for his first two seasons, went 2-for-5 at bat. Before the season started, coach Josh Holliday praised Polcovich’s talent, and despite the loss, Polcovich showed how he has potential to boost the Cowboys’ offense throughout this season.

Mathis replaces Simpson at catcher

Catcher Colin Simpson was a leader for the Cowboys throughout their journey to winning the 2019 Big 12 title and nearly going to Omaha, but someone had to fill his spot after he graduated during the past spring.

Brock Mathis, a junior transfer from LSU, started at catcher in OSU’s season opener. He had one RBI in the sixth inning, when he hit a sacrifice fly that allowed Max Hewitt to cross home plate. Hewitt and redshirt freshman Josh Spiegel have also practiced at catcher, but Mathis brings experience to the position after starting 40 games with the Tigers.

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