By Derek Brown
Stillwater News Press
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Oklahoma State setup its non-conference schedule to be as tough as possible to better equip the Cowboys when Big 12 play rolls around.
No. 13 ranked Oklahoma State (10-2) will host San Diego (8-3) in a three game series starting at 2 p.m. Friday — with a doubleheader scheduled due to the chance of inclement weather Saturday. The two will end the series at noon Sunday.
“They have a good team. It’s a great series for us. It’s the type of series this time of the year that we need to get your ball club ready for the challenges of the Big 12 coming up,” Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday said. “I think they’re one of the best teams on west coast if not one of the best teams in the country. I think they’re definitely a top 25 team and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Oklahoma State has been solid on its home field going 5-1 so far this year. The Toreros have only played one game away from home — rival San Diego State. San Diego has not played outside of its hometown of San Diego, Calif. The Toreros’ only away game was still in San Diego. The Toreros only road game was a loss which came last Sunday. San Diego also fell last Saturday to California. The Toreros are riding a two-game skid as they enter Stillwater.
San Diego is unranked but did receive votes to be in the top 25.
The Cowboys are coming off of a 6-1 loss against Arizona State Sunday. Because of the recent weather conditions Oklahoma State had to cancel its home game against Grambling State on Wednesday. Straight off of a loss and having not had a chance to bounce back yet, the Cowboys are anxious to step up to the plate.
“The guys are ready to get back out and play. The loss you put behind you. You use it to provide some energy,” Holliday said. “We should be fresh and ready to go.”
San Diego is a team that will challenge the Cowboys — which is exactly why Oklahoma State scheduled them.
“We made it a point to challenge our team prior to conference play and to hunt down the best opportunities to play quality three-game series,” Holliday said. “We wanted to go out and find opponents that would prepare us for the type of for the type of baseball it takes to win.”
The one-loss West Coast team should bring a lot of fans to the seats in Stillwater.
“Our fans have been awesome to this point,” Holliday said. “I hope that our fans will stay fired up and enjoy coming out to see a quality ball club in our ballpark.”
The Cowboys have eight games left before opening Big 12 play at Baylor on March 21. The difficult non-conference schedule will likely better prepare Oklahoma State for conference competition.
“We’re moving in the right direction. Our ball club is growing each day,” Holliday said. “We’ve some really good days, we’ve had some days that we’ve learned some. You hope that you start seeing our best here in the near future.”