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June 6, 2014

Recent power surge by Costello makes Cowboys’ lineup even more potent

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STILLWATER —

Throughout last week’s NCAA Regional, Oklahoma State received contributions up and down the lineup. In Friday’s 8-0 victory over Binghamton, Donnie Walton went 3 for 4 and scored three runs and drove one in. Zach Fish went 2 for 3 with three RBIs. In Saturday’s 13-7 victory over Cal State Fullerton, Tanner Krietemeier went 3 for 6 with five RBIs and was one of six Cowboys that had multiple hits. In Sunday’s championship victory, Tim Arakawa went 2 for 3 and drove in the winning runs.

Fish, who went 0 for 9 in the two games against Cal State Fullerton, said his teammates picked him up.

“After that first game I didn’t really do much — maybe a sac fly and a walk.,” Fish said. “The biggest thing was the way Donnie Walton, Tanner Krietemeier, Arakawa, Gage Green, the usually guys and Craig McConaughy, Conor Costello and Bryan Case — I can go up and down the lineup and tell you how people contributed. Everyone did, it was a total team effort.”

Holliday said that’s what makes his lineup tough to pitch to.

“The reason our offense has become so competitive because it’s a one-through-nine offense now,” Holliday said. “It’s not dependent on the three or four hole or the three, four and five hole. … We’re getting offense out of a lot of spots that’s why we are better off as a team. That’s important because I don’t think you give the other team any innings where they can run through those three guys with no problems.”

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