Cash, McCain Lead Oklahoma State To Big 12 Tournament Championship With 6-5 Win, And NCAA Berth
A week ago yesterday, Oklahoma State woke up and did not know if they would be playing in the Big 12 Tournament. Six wins later, and they will continue to keep playing baseball into the NCAA Tournament. It was an improbable run, and one that will be talked about for quite some time. Missouri once made that run as an eight-seed back in 2011, but the Cowboys made history by becoming the first ever eight-seed to win it, and the first eight-seed to go undefeated in Oklahoma City.
It all started on Wednesday, when the pitching of Blake Battenfield, Carson Teel, and Trey Cobb led them to an upset of Texas Tech. Colin Simpson’s heroics came into play on Thursday, and then the Cash/McCain train was at full blast on Saturday and Sunday. Each game saw big performances from somewhere, and the Cowboys needed every bit of it.
The support that was needed for this late-season run started just less than two weeks ago after Oklahoma State’s loss to Oral Roberts. The Cowboys lost their mid-week game to the Golden Eagles 11-7, which put their losing streak at the time to six losses. Here is what junior outfielder Garrett McCain had to say about their season to that point, and Coach Holliday’s response after that loss:
“This season was full of high’s and low’s. At the beginning of the season, everyone preached that this was a marathon and not a sprint. There were moments where we showed glimpses that we could play this style of baseball, and it was almost like we would go to sleep and forget what we had just done. After that Oral Roberts loss, having Coach Holliday talk to us about how cool it would be to flip our situation, his confidence really resonated in us and allowed us to play better.”
McCain was voted the tournament’s Most-Outstanding Player, and joined Colin Simpson, Ryan Cash, Ryan Sluder, Bryce Fischer, Blake Battenfield, and Carson Teel on the All-Tournament Team. The win against Texas in the Big 12 Tournament Championship was also Coach Josh Holliday’s 200th win of his career.
Eight days. Six wins. History made. The Cowboys have a chance to make it back to Omaha.
The NCAA Baseball Tournament Selection show is set for 11:00 CT today on ESPN2. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Oral Roberts will all hear the names called.