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High Noon Highlights (1/31): Oklahoma State baseball picked 2nd in Big 12 preseason coaches poll

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Cowboy Baseball picked second in Big 12 preseason coaches poll

With baseball on the horizon, the Big 12 coaches poll was released and the Cowboys were selected second to Texas Tech.

The Cowboys are coming off a 2019 season in which they were third in the league with a 14-9 mark. In its seven previous seasons under head coach Josh Holliday, OSU won its first-ever Big 12 regular season championship in 2014 and finished second in the league race on four occasions.

Defending regular season champion Texas Tech topped this year’s preseason poll and received six first-place votes. Following the Cowboys and rounding out the top five were TCU, who received a first-place vote, Oklahoma and Texas, who also drew one first-place nod.

High expectations for Cowgirl softball

OSU softball made the Women’s College World Series in 2019, and head coach Kenny Gajewski is leaning into the expectations and pressure the Cowgirls will face this season to return to Oklahoma City.

With all these expectations and the amount of talent the team has, it appears that the Cowgirls are once again poised to return to Oklahoma City. Gajewski thinks the same thing as OSU even has bracelets with the latitude and longitude of ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in OKC.

He isn’t shying away from the pressure as Gajewski still thinks the Cowgirls have a lot to show. OSU was picked third in the Big 12 Conference, despite finishing second last year, behind Oklahoma and Texas. Also, he wants to win more than one game in the WCWS, hoping to bring a national championship to Stillwater.

“We’ve got some expectations outside of Stillwater I think that that may be new for some folks for softball, which is kind of cool,” Gajewski said. “I think we’ve been preseason ranked a couple years now in my time here, but not this high in some polls and obviously polls don’t mean anything, but it is perception. And so I think last year got us back on track of where I expect to be here. I honestly do. I don’t think there’s any reason why we can’t attract top talent with our staff and resources, we should be in that mix each year.” Stillwater News Press

Senior Cowboy wrestler Nick Piccininni has 100 wins, but hasn’t stopped pushing for something bigger

Piccininni has won enough matches to be lauded with some of the best to ever wrestle at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Earlier this month, he became the 44th Cowboy to win 100 matches in his career.

Yet after last weekend, when he ran his overall record to 102-16, he was back in the workout room, pushing as hard as anyone to prepare for this week’s home duals — at 7 p.m. Friday against South Dakota State and 2 p.m. Sunday against Missouri.

“Before the fact, I didn’t really think about it much,” Piccininni said. “But being the 44th person in Cowboy wrestling history, it’s pretty cool to put your name next to a bunch of legends in the sport. It’s something that I’ll hold onto for the rest of my life.” The Oklahoman

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