STILLWATER — “So you try to develop your staff where six or seven guys absorb 10 or 12 of his innings and give you quality outings. I think that process is well underway.”
One player that will be called upon to help fill the hole left by the Friday starter will be sophomore Jason Hursch, who was a sixth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2010. After going 1-1 with a 2.73 in 10 appearances as a freshman, the right-hander missed last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
“(Pitching coach) Rob Walton has helped a ton and has helped all our pitchers,” Hursch said. “Heaney will be hard to replace, but we definitely have the pitching staff to do it, I believe.”
The Cowboys will begin the process with their pitchers Friday when they open the season on the road at No. 21 New Mexico. The squads will face off in a three-game series, with Friday's game time scheduled for 6 p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. start Saturday and a 2 p.m. first pitch Sunday.