The season is over for Oklahoma State baseball after a two-game sweep at the Fayetteville Regional at the hands of Missouri State and Oral Roberts. It was an up and down season, that both failed to reach and exceeded expectations.
Before we look back at the season that was...
Thank you seniors. What a ride.
You guys had amazing careers and gave Cowboy Baseball all you had. Ryan Sluder, Trey Cobb, Dustin Williams, Tyler Buffett and Nick Gallo you guys will be missed.
A four year record of 159-87 and four trips to the NCAA tournament. An 18 inning win against Texas, and a trip to Omaha last year. A Big 12 title.
You guys have had memorable careers and we can’t wait to see what you guys do in the next chapter of your life.
Back to this year... this season was a roller coaster, and I have to say it wasn’t what I expected.
Coming off of an appearance in Omaha, myself and most Cowboy fans had high hopes for this year. It didn’t turn quite like we hoped, but it was still a great season.
Things started off kinda rocky with the Pokes losing their first series to Grand Canyon, then picked back up again after a great road win against Top-20 ranked Arizona State. It looked as if maybe they just had to get a few things worked out and things would be okay.
Then a loss to Saint Louis at Allie P., that was shocking to say the least. It looked then like maybe this season was gonna be a long one.
Then the Frisco Classic where the Cowboys pulled out wins against Arkansas and Nebraska, and lost a close one to No 5. Arizona on a walk-off.
After that, a nine game homestand where the Cowboys went 8-1. Things were looking better.
Then came a tumultuous run in the Big 12 that started with being swept by TCU. It never got much better.
The highlight of Big 12 play was definitely a series win at No. 4 Texas and that’s pretty much the only highlight.
This season though won’t be remembered for those few months. It will be remembered for what happened during a six-game stretch in May in Oklahoma City.
The Miracle at Bricktown.
The Cowboys were going to have to sweep rival OU to even make the Big 12 tournament. AND THEY DID IT! After multiple rain delays, the Cowboys pulled off two straight wins over the Sooners to earn the 8-seed in the tourney. Now they were going to have to win the conference tournament for a spot in an NCAA regional.
The miracle continued when the Cowboys went undefeated in the conference tournament, with wins over top-seed Texas Tech, two wins over West Virginia, and a victory over Texas in the championship game.
Then the Cowboys headed to Fayetteville where they suffered back-to-back losses to Missouri State and Oral Roberts and were eliminated.
But again, those two games aren’t how everyone will remember this season.
It will be remembered for a miracle run through Oklahoma City that earned OSU their first Big 12 baseball title since 2004, and earned head coach Josh Holliday his 200th career victory.
Not matter what the record says, you all should be proud. I have no doubt Omaha is coming.