Verdigris pitcher to sign with OSU
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
11/14/12 at 3:24 AM
Verdigris pitcher Blake Battenfield said he has committed to play baseball at Oklahoma State University and will sign Wednesday with the Cowboys.
The 6-foot-3 right-hander said he also received offers from Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Coastal Carolina. But with OSU in the picture, it was no contest.
"I've always been an OSU fan. Both of my parents went there and it's always been my dream to play there. Everything worked out perfectly," he said.
Battenfield went 10-2 as a sophomore and 8-1 as a junior, helping the Cardinals win back-to-back Class 3A state titles. He also played third base and shortstop.
Over the summer, he traveled and played tournaments with the Dallas-based D-BAT Mustangs baseball club.
Battenfield is the fourth Tulsa-area standout to commit to the Cowboys, joining Broken Arrow pitcher Trey Cobb, Jenks pitcher Thomas Hatch and Owasso shortstop Andrew Rosa.
He said he can't wait to start working with new OSU head coach Josh Holliday and pitching coach Rob Walton.
"Their entire coaching staff is amazing," he said.
Commitments are non-binding. Wednesday is the first day that high school student-athletes can sign binding letters of intent.