STILLWATER, Okla. —
The change and delay in the Big 12 Conference Baseball Championship in Oklahoma City may make things a little easier for teams to scout.
Now Oklahoma State’s Josh Holliday and his coaching staff know for certain who they will play and in what order with the new pool play format after the tournament was postponed a day and switching from the original double-elimination bracket that was altered due to the tragic tornado that struck Moore.
“You know from a scouting standpoint now you know you’re going to play all the clubs on your side of the bracket, where as before you didn’t know,” Holliday said. “Now you know you need to watch each team closely because you will play them all. ... There is a little bit of certainty about that that is helpful in the scouting and preparation standpoint.”
As far as how the game plan changes with the pitching staff, Holliday said normal Friday starter Jason Hursh will start things off for the Cowboys in the opener against Texas Christian University at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Bricktown Ballpark.
“It won’t change anything in the first game, so we’ll line up (Thursday) and lead Jason off like we have been and keep in rotation,” the first-year OSU coach said. “He’s in good shape, his rest is good, so he’s ready to go. Other than that, we’re just going to see how other guys are feeling and spend a little time looking at the other teams knowing that we’re going to play Kansas in Game 2 and West Virginia in Game 3.”
The postponement has allowed players an extra day of rest. Now, Hursh will have had a full week’s rest between starts — after going Thursday against West Virginia — and will give some guys an extra day of recovery.