The Oklahoman

Cowboys run win streak to 11 as Big 12 play looms

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STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's baseball winning streak is up to 11 games. More than half came in the past week.

Six games in as many days, all victories for the red-hot Cowboys.

The win streak is the fourth-longest under OSU coach Josh Holliday, equaling a run last season. It's also the second-longest streak in the same season.

OSU had a 14-game win streak across the 2020-21 seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic canceling the 2020 season.

The current streak will be tested this week.

OSU hosts Dallas Baptist on Tuesday before opening Big 12 play at surging Texas Tech over the weekend.

Keep the streak going and the Cowboys will really make a statement.

Here is a look back at last week for OSU.

No. 12 Oklahoma State


6-0 (Beat Arizona State 8-4, 7-4, beat Utah Tech 11-1 (7), 10-4, 9-3, 9-4)

vs. Dallas Baptist, 6 p.m. Tuesday; at Texas Tech 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Top OSU player last week

Nolan Schubart, OF: The smoothswin­ging freshman had his biggest week yet as a Cowboy, driving in 11 runs while extending his hitting streak to seven games. He homered twice, giving him six this season. He added two doubles. He also went 9 for 20 on the week, raising his season batting average to .393. He's played in every game this season, and for good reason.

Oklahoma State player on the rise

Roc Riggio, 2B: It was only a matter of time before the Cowboys' spark plug got going atop the order. Riggio raised his batting average nearly .100 points, finishing the week at .322 while going 10 for 21 at the plate. He had eight extrabase hits, including two homers. He also scored 13 runs, crossing the plate in each game at least once, and stole two bases.

Stat to know

4: Doubles by OSU star second baseman Roc Riggio in Saturday's night-cap win over Utah Tech, tying a program record. Lou Lucca last hit four doubles in a game in 1991.

Juaron Watts-Brown has best outing as Cowboy

Four starts into his OSU career, ace right-hander Juaron Watts-Brown is getting stronger.

The sophomore struck out 13 and allowed just one run on three hits and two walks in Friday's run-rule victory over Utah Tech. He pitched 6 2⁄ innings and


threw 109 pitches, both season highs.

Watts-Brown's ERA is now 1.99. He's struck out 35 batters and walked just seven in 22 2⁄ innings.


Stebens continues strong start

Stillwater native Isaac Stebens picked up two wins in three relief appearance­s on the week.

He began the week with 4 1⁄ shutout


innings against Arizona State and closed it with six shutout innings Sunday against Utah Tech.

He also got the final out of the seventh on just one pitch against Utah Tech in relief of Watts-Brown.

His ERA is down to 1.21 in 22 1⁄ in


nings. Stebens is proving capable of getting big outs in key situations.

Cowboys' offense rolling into Big 12

There was never a question if the Cowboys would hit. Concerns mostly centered around pitching.

The pitching staff is beginning to settle in and the offense is taking off.

OSU outscored its opponents 54-20 last week.

The Cowboys enter this week with one of the best offenses in the Big 12. They are comparable in nearly every category with Texas Tech, their opponent this weekend.

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