ONE. MORE. SLEEP. UNTIL. OSU. FOOTBALL.
Summer is almost over, and we are breaking down the top stories of the summer months. This is the second half to our Cowboys of Summer feature. In Part 1, I wrote about numerous topics, such as recruiting, the Women’s Tennis team, Gundy’s extension and other stories. Check out Part 1 here.
Let’s dive in!
Arguably the biggest story of the summer was Oklahoma State baseball’s trip to Omaha, NE for the College World Series.
After an unceremonious exit from the Big 12 Tournament, Josh Holliday’s Cowboy squad turned it on in South Carolina.
Impressive defensive performances against Nebraska and Clemson (twice) in the Clemson Regional, were followed by a sweep of South Carolina in the Columbia Super Regional, securing the Cowboys’ 20th College World Series berth all time.
The Pokes road their 7-0 post-season winning streak into Omaha, allowing only six runs in that span, with 1-0 wins over UC-Santa Barbara and Arizona. Unfortunately, the Cowboys only made it to the Final Four, dropping two straight to the Wildcats.
In their nine NCAA tournament games, the Cowboys had an ERA of 1.58, good for lowest in the field.
The historic run was the Pokes’ first to Omaha since head coach Josh Holliday played for his dad, then head coach, Tom Holliday back in 1999.
The Oklahoma State Baseball team had a very successful season, and obviously, we had some very talented athletes lead the way to Omaha. Major League Baseball has taken notice of the Pokes, and a lot of familiar names were picked during June’s draft. Picks in order:
Thomas Hatch, RHP - Chicago Cubs - Round 3, 104th Pick
Donnie Walton, SS - Seattle Mariners - Round 5, 147th Pick
Remey Reed, RHP - Miami Marlins - Round 6, 173rd Pick
Garrett Williams, LHP - San Francisco Giants - Round 7, 215th Pick
Tyler Buffett, RHP - Houston Astros - Round 7, 217th Pick
Trey Cobb, RHP - Chicago Cubs - Round 12, 374th Pick
Michael Mertz, RHP - Miami Marlins - Round 14, 413th Pick
J.R. Davis, IF - St. Louis Cardinals - Round 15, 466th Pick
Colin Theroux, C - Oakland Athletics - Round 32, 952nd Pick
Conor Costello, RHP/OF - L.A. Dodgers - Round 32, 971st Pick
Dustin Williams, 1B - Pittsburgh Pirates - Round 36, 1095th Pick
Soooo... Looks like Coach Gundy has been working on something over the off season.
That’s a beautiful flow, Mike.
Tyrek Coger’s Passing
Back in the summer heat in July, Coach Underwood’s latest recruit on campus, Tyrek Coger, tragically passed away after a team workout. The team was conditioning in Boone Pickens Stadium, running up and down the stadium steps. After sitting down, players noticed strange behavior from Coger, and 9-1-1 was called. Coger was pronounced dead at Stillwater Medical Center. Medical examinations later pointed to an enlarged heart for the cause of death.
Tyrek Coger would’ve been a very important player in next season’s squad, but his passing left many remembering who he was as a person, rather than a basketball player.
RIP to my roommate/teammate....the funniest dude you'll ever meet. Don't feel real ...prayers to the Coger family pic.twitter.com/5bW7dbK5tC— Davon Dillard (@DDillard24) July 22, 2016
Many more tweeted their remembrance of Tyrek. He left an incredible impact on OSU, despite his short time on campus. #FlyHighTyrek
Women’s Soccer unis
What’s Been Going on at CRFF?
CRFF All-Time Cowboy Tourney
In the beginning of August, we decided to throw our own All-Time Cowboy Tourney. We didn’t want to have the same ol’ “who’s better” tournament. We wanted to host a tournament for the fans!
There have been some predictable wins, and a few upsets. Fan favorite, Tony Allen has taken out both Pete Incaviglia and Doug Gottlieb. Craziness! We’ve even had some contestant engagement...
We have had a blast hosting this tournament, and look forward to seeing how it wraps up in the coming week.
Newberry & Mahan Interviews
We’ve had some big time interviews with former Pokes, Jeff Newberry and Hunter Mahan.
Cade’s interview with Hunter Mahan: View it here
The Cowboys of Summer
We hope you’ve enjoyed catching up on the summer’s biggest stories. The summer is “officially” over as the Cowboys face off against SE Louisiana in Boone Pickens Stadium at 2:30pm CST tomorrow.