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Takeaways from OSU's victory against GCU: returning pitchers guide Cowboys

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Parker Scott and the Cowboy baseball team defeated GCU on Saturday.

Parker Scott earned the win in his first start of the season.

He and his Oklahoma State baseball teammates defeated Grand Canyon University 6-4 on Saturday in Phoenix, tying the series at one.

Scott, a left-handed junior from Flower Mound, Texas, pitched for six innings. He allowed two runs, only one of which was earned, but threw four strikeouts to hold back the Antelopes' offense. Scott finished with a 1.50 ERA.

In the bottom of the seventh, sophomore Brett Standlee came out of the bullpen for Scott. Standlee struck out one and started his season with a perfect ERA through two innings. Senior Ben Leeper came in as the closer and gave up two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but he struck out Dominic Grissom to ensure the Cowboys (1-1) walked away with a victory.

After a challenging season opener with new pitchers, OSU turned to its returners to keep the Antelopes (1-1) from having another explosive night on offense. As the young pitchers grow and learn, the Cowboys need this kind of reliability from their veterans.

Garcia hits first home run of season

With the departure of Trevor Boone and Colin Simpson, the Cowboys have lost some of their power hitting from the past season, but Alix Garcia hasn’t gone anywhere.

Garcia, a senior first baseman, ripped a home run to left field in the fourth inning, allowing Kaden Polcovich to score. The two-RBI homer, the Cowboys’ first of the season, gave OSU a 3-1 lead.

In the eighth inning, Garcia hit a single that resulted in Polcovich scoring again, this time because of a throwing error.

Garcia, the cleanup hitter, finished the game 3-for-4 at bat. He emerged as a driving force for OSU’s offense during Big 12 play in 2019, and this game indicated he has what it takes to keep that up this season.

Polcovich, Thompson fitting into lineup

For the second straight game, newcomers Kaden Polcovich and Jake Thompson had active roles as starters.

Second baseman Polcovich had two RBI, and third baseman Thompson added one.

OSU has had recent success with transfer infielders, including former Cowboys Matt Kroon and Andrew Navigato. Polcovich and Thompson, who transferred from Northwest Florida State junior college and Kentucky, respectively, could continue that pattern.

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