It’s as much a part of baseball as peanuts and cracker jacks; rain outs. Games delayed, moved, or worse canceled, due to Mother Nature.
For the Cowboys, it happens every year. Their original “last home opener” in Allie P. against Little Rock was canceled on Tuesday and Friday night’s series opening game against Wright State has been moved up to early afternoon due to the weather.
There have been more than a dozen games canceled due to weather during head coach Josh Holliday’s time in Stillwater, some more impactful than others. We decided to look back at the some of the canceled baseball games that made the most impact on that particular season. This is also a plea to put a roof on the new O’Brate stadium
West Virginia (2015):
During the 2015 season, Oklahoma State got themselves in a position where they could win the Big 12 regular season title. All they had to do was win two games out of the three game series against West Virginia and the title was theirs.
Mother Nature had other plans though.
The Cowboys had been behind 4-0 when in the seventh inning they tied it up. The score remained 4-4 until the ninth inning when the game was stopped. When the game resumed on Saturday, the Cowboys couldn’t recapture their momentum and would go on to lose 5-4.
Then games two and three were canceled and TCU would take the title. Oklahoma State then went on to lose to Texas in the Big 12 Tournament Championship. It’s crazy to think that they could have won a regular season title and never got the chance because of some weather in the area.
The Cowboys were trying to beat out Kansas State for the eighth and final seed in the Big 12 tournament. To do so, they needed to win five out of their last six games of the regular season. But, when the Bedlam game that was supposed to be played in Tulsa was canceled due to weather, it left the Cowboys with no room for error.
The Cowboys only ended up getting two games that weekend. Luckily, they found a way to win their last five, make the Big 12 tourney, and then beat Texas to win the whole dang thing. There was also weather in Austin where KSU was playing the Longhorns so it was up in the air as far as how it would all end.
#Bedlam Baseball rained out. Read Holliday's lips - if we don't play 3 this weekend, we may not make tournament.. Doubleheader Fri. in OKC pic.twitter.com/GNx39IUzTz— Cayden McFarland (@caydenmc) May 19, 2017
That entire end-of-season situation wouldn’t have been necessary if Oklahoma State’s hadn’t lost one of the games against the Longhorns earlier in the season due to weather.
That season, Oklahoma State only played 22 regular season games, which is another reason why the canceled Bedlam game could have hurt the Cowboys. Had they been able to play this game on Sunday in Stillwater, the pressure on the end of the season wouldn’t have been so bad.
While not as impactful as the other games, this one would have helped the Cowboys’ RPI if they could have won the game. Holliday also doesn’t have the best record against Oral Roberts — he’s 3-10 against the in-state rival, including 0-1 in the postseason — so getting a chance to win a game against them would have been good for that as well.
When you play a sport in the spring time in Oklahoma, you’re going to have games get canceled. It’s interesting what happens to a season due to not playing those games. Not only can it hurt your season, but you also lose money you could be making when your stadium is empty. Let’s hope that the Cowboys can get as many games in as possible this season and Mother Nature cooperates with them.