Coshow earns first pro baseball win for Yankees’ Class A team

Former OC standout Cale Coshow recorded his first professional pitching win on Sunday.
Former OC standout Cale Coshow recorded his first professional pitching win on Sunday.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (July 6, 2014) – Former Oklahoma Christian standout Cale Coshow recorded his first professional baseball win on Sunday during a relief appearance for the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League.

Coshow pitched one inning of scoreless relief for the New York Yankees’ long-season Class A affiliate as the RiverDogs beat the Rome Braves 3-1 at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.

Coshow (1-1) signed with the Yankees in June 2013 after New York chose him in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball draft. He went 0-2 with a 3.76 ERA last season for the Yankees’ short-season Class A affiliate, Staten Island of the New York-Penn League.

He began this season with Staten Island – throwing three shutout innings in his only appearance – before receiving a promotion to Charleston on June 18. So far, he’s made six appearances for the RiverDogs, posting a 5.19 ERA with 13 strikeouts and only one walk in 8 2/3 innings.

On Sunday, he entered a scoreless game with two outs in the top of the seventh inning and ended the inning by striking out Rome’s Victor Reyes. In the bottom of the inning, Mark Payton’s first career hit drove in the tiebreaking run and the RiverDogs eventually took a 3-0 lead.

Coshow retired Rome’s Connor Oliver and Gerald Chin to open the eighth before leaving the game with a 3-1 count against Carlos Sanchez. Another Charleston reliever, Philip Walby, pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to record the save.

Coshow became only the fourth former OC pitcher to record a professional pitching win, joining Rafael Erazo, Nick Aiello and his former teammate with the Eagles, Chris Burgess.

Coshow, from Edmond, went 2-0 as a freshman at Oklahoma in 2012 before transferring to OC. In 2013, he was one of OC’s top starters and went 3-5 with a 4.56 ERA, helping the Eagles win the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region title and qualify for the NCCAA World Series. In 13 appearances (all starts) for the Eagles, he pitched 73 innings, with 69 strikeouts, 28 walks and two complete games.