Busy Weekend For Cowboy Baseball Begins With Friday Doubleheader

Oklahoma State (12-4)
Stony Brook (0-10)
March 17-19 • 3 p.m. (DH), 2 p.m., 1 p.m.
Allie P. Reynolds Stadium (4,000)

Radio Network Schedule:
Friday - 105.5 FM
Saturday 780 AM
Sunday - 93.7 FM

Oklahoma State
The Cowboys have won three-straight games and are 12-4 on the season after sweeping a two-game series against San Diego State in Stillwater on Tuesday and Wednesday. OSU opens a four-game series against Stony Brook with a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 3 p.m. at Reynolds Stadium. The Cowboys have never faced Stony Brook on the baseball diamond.

Stony Brook
The Seawolves are 0-10 this season after a 4-0 loss at Seton Hall on Tuesday. That loss came after dropping a three-game series at New Orleans over the weekend.

Polls: Neither team is ranked in any of the four major polls.

The Coaches: OSU’s Frank Anderson is 82-52 in his third season with the Cowboys.
Matt Senk is 380-245 in his 16th season at Stony Brook.

On The Air
All OSU baseball games will be carried live by Stillwater Radio. Friday’s doubleheader against Stony Brook is scheduled to be broadcast on KGFY 105.5 FM, while Saturday’s game can be heard on 780 AM. Filling in to handle play-by-play duties for those games will be Phil Turney. On Sunday, Rex Holt, who is in his 24th season as the play-by-play voice of Cowboy baseball, returns to the booth and will call the action on KSPI 93.7 FM. The radio broadcast can also be accessed via the internet at www.okstate.com (link is available under Audio Webcast). Those wishing to follow the game via live stats can also log in to www.okstate.com.

About Stony Brook
The Seawolves’ baseball program has only been competing at the Division I level since 2000 but has had just one losing season during that span, that coming in 2005 (23-28). Coach Matt Senk led Stony Brook to an America East Conference title and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2004. The club has struggled offensively in its winless start to the 2006 season. In 10 games, the Seawolves are hitting just .228 as a team and have been shut out four times. As A Matter Of Fact: Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan played at Stony Brook in the early 1990s and is a 1995 graduate of the school. During his collegiate career, Nathan saw most of his action at shortstop with only an occasional appearance on the mound. Nathan was named an AL All-Star with the Twins in 2004 and 2005, recording over 40 saves in each of those seasons.
Players To Watch
• Isidro Fortuna, OF - A .321 career hitter in 123 games entering this season, Fortuna leads the Seawolves with a .342 batting average. He was an All-Amercian East Conference choice last season after hitting .357 with a team-high 37 RBIs.
• Andres Perez, OF - Perez is hitting .310 with a homer and two RBIs. His 13 hits is tied for the team lead.
Probable Pitching Rotation
Kris Bakey, RHP - Bakey is 0-2 in three starts and has allowed 19 hits in 13 innings. He sports a 6.23 ERA.
Tom Koehler, RHP - Koehler has made three appearances but just one start. He is 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA.
Matt Restivo, LHP - Restivo has yet to earn a decision but has solid numbers. In three starts, he’s pitched 16 innings and recorded 15 Ks. He has a 1.69 ERA.

Aluminum Assault
Frank Anderson has called his 2006 squad the best offensive team he’s had since arriving in Stillwater in 2004, and the Cowboys are proving their head coach prophetic.
OSU leads the Big 12 Conference with a .347 batting average and has three players — Corey Brown, Shelby Ford and Deik Scram — who rank in the top 10 in the league in batting average.
The Cowboys have scored 151 runs in 16 games and have collected 208 hits — averages of 9.4 runs and 13 hits per game. The Cowboys have scored 10 or more runs nine times and have had eight games where they racked up at least 16 hits, including three contests in which they topped the 20-hit mark.
Seven Cowboy regulars are hitting over .300, with three of those topping the .400 mark.
Take Note: OSU is outscoring its opponents 90-29 in the first four innings of games.



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