Unidentified baseball man has head shaped not unlike the piece of sporting equipment the Cowboys will be hitting and fielding this week at the Big 12 Tournament in OKC. (Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE)
Today OSU's Big 12 Tournament play starts with a game versus the fourth seeded Sooners. The Sooners have a better overall record by two games, yet the Cowboys beat the Sooners in Stillwater 6-1 in April, and in their series back at the start of May. Win today and OSU will face the winner of K-State and Baylor in the quest for advancement in the esoteric web of regionals, super regionals, ultra-regionals, mega-ultra regionals the complexity of which is all too much for Yachoff.
For now we have the kicking of the Sooners' ass on our plate in front of us. In seven meetings, the Cowboys have won not one single solitary Big 12 tournament game against the Sooners. We are due. Frank Anderson has maybe retained his job this year with the Cowboys winning an acceptable but not quite Gary Ward-like amount of games, however a first Big 12 tournament win over the Sooners would endear him a bit to all those that are currently calling for a change in the dugout, or those that want a change simply to see a sign that the great gods of OSU athletics, the holy trinity of Boone, Holder and Hargis, still care about college baseball at OSU.
Anderson and the Cowboys have a first round draft pick in pitcher Andrew Heaney, but they may want to save him for the first seeded Baylor Bears that will probably beat eighth seeded KSU. Heaney has 132 strikeouts this season, the fifth highest total for a OSU pitcher. He will be a valuable weapon in the tournament.
OSU baseball has not been the best this season. There have been issues on the field and off, but all in all a decently acceptable season was salvaged. A recent slide to Texas A&M aside, OSU had been doing better towards the end of the regular season and a hard-fought tournament run would be a nice way to end a very successful OSU athletics year.