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February 14, 2014

BASEBALL: Cowboys open season in Arlington

(Continued)

STILLWATER — “Baylor’s got a number of players back. It’s a very good conference schedule,” Holliday said.

Oklahoma State will first travel to Norman for the first Bedlam meeting of the year on April 1. OSU will host Bedlam the second time around on April 15.

“I think it will be fun to see our ballpark in a Bedlam setting, as well as in Norman,” Holliday said.

The Cowboys will cap the regular season off with three meetings between in-state rival Oklahoma, once at the Bricktown Ballpark and twice at ONEOK Field.

“It’s a good schedule. I think we made every attempt to strengthen it and we will continue to do that year after year. We look to play the best teams possible,” Holliday said. “It’s where you learn about yourself and you emerge.”

Tanner Krietemeier, a senior, led the Cowboys last year with a .314 batting average  will return for OSU. Zach Fish, an All-Big 12 First Team outfielder from a season ago, returns after hitting seven homers, 41 RBIs and a team best .451 slugging percentage last year.

Saulyer Saxon, Gage Green and Donnie Walton return after being named to the 2013 Big 12 Conference All-Freshman Team.

Tyler Nurdin and Mark Robinette return to the mound for OSU. The two had 11 wins and 27 starts for the Cowboys last year.

“Tyler is a guy that we believe in very strongly,” Holliday said. “Robinette is another guy I expect to be in there early.”

Oklahoma State’s bullpen is also strong with Vince Wheeland, who was 8-2 with two saves and an 1.97 ERA, and Brendan McCurry, who had eight saves and earned six victories.

The Cowboys are looking to rise after finishing second in the Big 12 last year.

“I feel good because of these guys,” Holliday said. “I’m very comfortable about the direction that we’re heading. We’re by no means where we want to be but we’re getting a little closer everyday.”

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