Baseball Game Preview: Mountaineers battle Cowboys - WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News - Mountaineer Sports

Baseball Game Preview: Mountaineers battle Cowboys

Posted:

By Ryan Decker

OKLAHOMA CITY – Fresh off a mercy-rule victory Wednesday, the fourth-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers (33-22) are set to do battle with the No. 8 seed Oklahoma State Cowboys (27-25) Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Both West Virginia and OK State won their opening-round matchups, meaning both  will survive until at least Friday.

Even though they’re the lowest seeded team in the tournament, the Cowboys feel good about where they’re at.

“As the eight seed we know our space, we know our place and off we go,” Oklahoma State head coach Josh Holliday said after Wednesday’s victory. “I think there’s a good carry over for our team right now.”

The Cowboys enter play Thursday playing good baseball at the right time.

Less than a week ago Holliday’s team wasn’t in line to qualify for the Big 12 Championship tournament. However, sweeping a double header last Saturday against Oklahoma inside Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark earned them the right to compete this week.

Being familiar with the ballpark, and having recent success, is possibly the source of the team’s confidence.

“I think the fact that it was this setting a week ago that we spent so much time in waiting for it to stop raining, getting comfortable and playing here, and having some success here,” Holliday said. “A lot of those things create a good memory in your brain, and imagery of what you’re doing here is important.”

West Virginia may not be as familiar as the Cowboys with the field, but the Mountaineers also have successful memories to recall on.

First pitch Thursday will be just over 24 hours after earning an 11-1 victory over Baylor. Today’s game will also come against a team that WVU took two games out of three against during the regular season, despite losing starting pitcher Conner Dotson in the middle of the series.

And this time last year, West Virginia was also playing the 4 o’clock game after winning its first-round matchup the day before.

The Mountaineers hope to keep their bats hot between games.

Led by Jimmy Galusky and Kyle Gray, a total of five WVU hitters had multi-hit performances, and four had multi-RBI games, against the Bears. Galusky led the charge with three hits, while Gray earned all three of his runs driven in on a base-clearing triple in the first inning.

“I think not only for the rest of the game, I think for the rest of the tournament; kind of start off on the right foot,” Galusky said about WVU’s outbreak in the first. “Gives us some confidence going into (Thursday).”

Kyle Davis and Ivan Gonzalez, the Mountaineers’ two leading hitters, each collected two hits Wednesday to continue their hot streaks at the plate.

Oklahoma State played a much tighter contest Wednesday, earning a 3-0 victory over top-seeded Texas Tech, despite not getting overly productive days at the plate from its top three hitters. Catcher Colin Simpson and Cameron Dobbs led the way with two hits each.

Garrett McCain and Garrett Benge lead the hitting attack for the Cowboys. McCain was the regular season hitting champ in the Big 12, getting a base knock at a .395 clip.

BJ Myers (4-3, 4.03 ERA) gets the start on the mound for West Virginia. Tyler Buffett (5-5, 4.71) is the projected starter for OSU.

Buffett had better success in the first half of the season than he did in the second. In three of his last seven starts, he was touched up for double-digit hits. Buffet also lost three of his final four decisions.

First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. Central). Fans can listen to the action live on 91.7 FM or on u92.wvu.edu.

  • More SportsMore>>

  • Tough Match Halts No. 7 WVU's Run

    Tough Match Halts No. 7 WVU's Run

    Sunday, November 19 2017 8:43 PM EST2017-11-20 01:43:27 GMT
    Grace Cutler and Carla Portillo share a hug after WVU's Sweet 16 loss to Penn St.Grace Cutler and Carla Portillo share a hug after WVU's Sweet 16 loss to Penn St.

    The No. 7-ranked and second-seeded WVU women's soccer team came up short this evening its quest for a third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

    The No. 7-ranked and second-seeded WVU women's soccer team came up short this evening its quest for a third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

  • No. 7 Mountaineers Move On

    No. 7 Mountaineers Move On

    Saturday, November 18 2017 8:23 AM EST2017-11-18 13:23:09 GMT
    Rylee Foster and Nikki Izzo-Brown celebrate WVU's win in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.Rylee Foster and Nikki Izzo-Brown celebrate WVU's win in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

    The No. 7 West Virginia University women's soccer team is moving on to the Sweet 16.

    The No. 7 West Virginia University women's soccer team is moving on to the Sweet 16.

  • 2018 Baseball Schedule Unveiled

    2018 Baseball Schedule Unveiled

    Thursday, November 16 2017 4:31 PM EST2017-11-16 21:31:39 GMT
    The WVU baseball team stands for the national anthem before a 4-2 win over Penn State at PNC Park. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)The WVU baseball team stands for the national anthem before a 4-2 win over Penn State at PNC Park. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

    Highlighted by 23 home games and 21 games against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2017, West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons has announced the 2018 baseball schedule.

    Highlighted by 23 home games and 21 games against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2017, West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons has announced the 2018 baseball schedule.

  • FootballFootballMore>>

  • WVU Football Coach Holgorsen Talks Oklahoma

    WVU Football Coach Holgorsen Talks Oklahoma

    Dana Holgorsen circles the team huddle in the second half of a WVU win at Kansas. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)Dana Holgorsen circles the team huddle in the second half of a WVU win at Kansas. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)
    Watch West Virginia Football Head Coach Dana Holgorsen address the media regarding the Mountaineers' match-up with Oklahoma.
    Watch West Virginia Football Head Coach Dana Holgorsen address the media regarding the Mountaineers' match-up with Oklahoma.
  • WVU Football OC Spavital and Players Talk Oklahoma Match-Up

    WVU Football OC Spavital and Players Talk Oklahoma Match-Up

    Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Football Offensive Coordinator Jake Spavital and his Players, as they talk about their game, on the road, against Oklahoma.

    Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Football Offensive Coordinator Jake Spavital and his Players, as they talk about their game, on the road, against Oklahoma.

  • Sills V Named Biletnikoff Award Finalist

    Monday, November 20 2017 5:54 PM EST2017-11-20 22:54:06 GMT
    David Sills has been named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. (PHOTO: Scott Lituchy)David Sills has been named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. (PHOTO: Scott Lituchy)

     David Sills V was named one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award.

     David Sills V was named one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Best Pokemon Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals of 2017 Revealed by Deal Tomato

    Best Pokemon Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals of 2017 Revealed by Deal Tomato

    Deal Tomato have researched the best Pokemon Black Friday deals available for 2017. Hereâ??s their top choices: 100 Assorted Pokemon Trading Cards on sale â?? Amazon (Prime delivery) Nintendo 3DS â?? Pokemon 20th...
    Deal Tomato have researched the best Pokemon Black Friday deals available for 2017. Hereâ??s their top choices: 100 Assorted Pokemon Trading Cards on sale â?? Amazon (Prime delivery) Nintendo 3DS â?? Pokemon 20th...
  • 2017-18 WVU Men’s Basketball Schedule

    2017-18 WVU Men’s Basketball Schedule

    Bob Huggins looks on as the Mountaineers practice at the SAP Center in San Jose. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)Bob Huggins looks on as the Mountaineers practice at the SAP Center in San Jose. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (August 31, 2017) – West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons and the Big 12 Conference have announced the 2017-18 men’s basketball schedule. 

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (August 31, 2017) – West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons and the Big 12 Conference have announced the 2017-18 men’s basketball schedule. 

  • Successful Surgery for Grier, Mayfield Not Starting Against WVU

    Monday, November 20 2017 2:55 PM EST2017-11-20 19:55:53 GMT
    Will Grier heads to the locker room after disloacting his finger on Saturday. (PHOTO: Scott Lituchy)Will Grier heads to the locker room after disloacting his finger on Saturday. (PHOTO: Scott Lituchy)

    Grier will be out 4-6 weeks after a successful surgery on Sunday. It was also announced that Baker Mayfield won't be the starting quarterback on Saturday against WVU as disciplinary action.

    Grier will be out 4-6 weeks after a successful surgery on Sunday. It was also announced that Baker Mayfield won't be the starting quarterback on Saturday against WVU as disciplinary action.

  • UPDATED WITH STATEMENT: Murray Energy to cut off benefits for 1,200 Consol retirees

    UPDATED WITH STATEMENT: Murray Energy to cut off benefits for 1,200 Consol retirees

    Wednesday, April 30 2014 8:37 AM EDT2014-04-30 12:37:04 GMT
    St. Clairsville, Ohio-based Murray Energy has confirmed it will terminate health benefits of nearly 1,200 Consol Energy retirees who worked in mines Murray purchased one year ago.
    St. Clairsville, Ohio-based Murray Energy has confirmed it will terminate health benefits of nearly 1,200 Consol Energy retirees who worked in mines Murray purchased one year ago.
  • West, Konate Pace Monday Night's Rout

    West, Konate Pace Monday Night's Rout

    Bob Huggins looks on during the final moments of a win over Baylor in Waco. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)Bob Huggins looks on during the final moments of a win over Baylor in Waco. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

     Lamont West scored 22 points and sophomore center Sagaba Konate contributed a career-high 20 to lead 23rd-ranked West Virginia to a 91-62 victory over Long Beach State here tonight at the WVU Coliseum.  

     Lamont West scored 22 points and sophomore center Sagaba Konate contributed a career-high 20 to lead 23rd-ranked West Virginia to a 91-62 victory over Long Beach State here tonight at the WVU Coliseum.  

  • WVU Football OC Spavital and Players Talk Oklahoma Match-Up

    WVU Football OC Spavital and Players Talk Oklahoma Match-Up

    Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Football Offensive Coordinator Jake Spavital and his Players, as they talk about their game, on the road, against Oklahoma.

    Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Football Offensive Coordinator Jake Spavital and his Players, as they talk about their game, on the road, against Oklahoma.

  • Report: West Virginia Ranks 10th for Most Violent States on Black Friday

    Report: West Virginia Ranks 10th for Most Violent States on Black Friday

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 7:57 PM EST2017-11-23 00:57:56 GMT
    djLicious / Flickr / CC BY 2.0djLicious / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
    WEST VIRGINIA (WOWK) - All across the United States, Black Friday gives people a chance to score great deals on Christmas and holiday gifts and capture their dream electronics. But sometimes those rock-bottom savings turn into a dangerous siren song, and people go too far in their quest for a cheap TV or Hatchimals for their kid. The Mountain State has received a high violence ranking when it comes to Black Friday. According to Reviews, West Virginia ranks tenth in the U.S.&nb...
    WEST VIRGINIA (WOWK) - All across the United States, Black Friday gives people a chance to score great deals on Christmas and holiday gifts and capture their dream electronics. But sometimes those rock-bottom savings turn into a dangerous siren song, and people go too far in their quest for a cheap TV or Hatchimals for their kid. The Mountain State has received a high violence ranking when it comes to Black Friday. According to Reviews, West Virginia ranks tenth in the U.S.&nb...
  • WVi Has Moved!

    WVi Has Moved!

    Friday, September 2 2011 1:45 PM EDT2011-09-02 17:45:05 GMT
    Don't worry, wvillustrated.com is still alive and well. WVi has upgraded to a brand new and improved website. Please check out http://www.wvillustrated.com/ We hope you enjoy the new WVi experience.