Fall Report: Oklahoma StateFall Report
KANSAS CITY — Oklahoma State’s feast-or-famine style of play worked well in 2019, as the Cowboys hosted and won a regional and reached the brink of the College World Series before taking a heart-breaking loss in Game Three of the Lubbock Super Regional. So while coach Josh Holliday acknowledged that his team was “a little snake-bit by too many strikeouts” at the plate — a whopping 652 of them to be precise, against 293 walks — it’s hard to argue that the tradeoff wasn’t worth it. Oklahoma State ranked fourth in the nation with 93 home runs, and that power production served as the engine for a very good team.
But all four of OSU’s double-digit home run hitters from last year are gone; Trevor Boone, Colin Simpson, Andrew Navigato and Christian Funk combined to hit 62 of those 93 long balls. The Cowboys still have plenty of big, strong hitters capable of running the ball out of the park with regularity, but the 2020 offense figures to be more versatile and better at putting the ball in play consistently.
Much of the team’s power production next spring figures to come from a trio of physical seniors who are all capable of reaching double-digit homers. …