Oklahoma State baseball raised eyebrows by claiming the Big 12 tournament championship title on May 28 after going into the tournament with a record of 26-25 and as the No. 8 seed. The Cowboys made history by becoming the first No. 8 seed to win the conference title, and going 4-0 in the tournament improved their record to 30-25. The win over Texas in the championship gave OSU their 32nd conference title in program history, and the win was head coach Josh Holliday’s 200th win of his career at Oklahoma State.
Josh Holliday first began his career at Oklahoma State as a player from 1996-1999 where he was a four-year letter winner and became OSU’s all-time leader in base and balls with 225, which ranks in the top five on the Cowboy’s career list in games, hits, runs, at bats, doubles, total bases, RBIs and hit by pitches. He made four NCAA Tournament appearances as a Cowboy and helped lead his team to appear at the College World Series in 1996 and 1999. Holliday was a three-time All-Big 12 performer, and he earned first-team honors as a catcher in 1998 and 1999 at third base. He was also honored as a Freshman All-American in 1996, and he was named OSU male student athlete of the year in 1999. Holliday is also the first head coach for baseball who is also a former player.
Holliday began his coaching career by becoming an assistance coach for the Cowboys from 2001-2003, but he left to become an assistant coach for North Carolina State in 2004. He would go on to be an assistant coach at Georgia Tech, Arizona State and Vanderbilt before returning home to Stillwater in 2012. Holliday was named the head coach of OSU baseball on June 8, 2012, and became the 15th coach in program history. Since the beginning of his coaching career at Oklahoma State, he has accomplished a multitude of things and has brought the program to extraordinary heights.
- Led the Cowboys to five-straight NCAA Tournament appearances
- First regular season Big 12 Conference championship
- Returned to the College World Series in 2016 for the first time since 1999
- One of only 17 people in NCAA history to reach the College World Series as both a player and a coach
- Named the 2016 ABCA/Diamond Midwest Regional Coach of the Year
- Led OSU to become the first No. 8 seed to win the conference title
Holliday’s team started the Big 12 Tournament by knocking off the No. 1 seed Texas Tech with a 3-0 win over the Red Raiders. Their success continued the next day as they advanced to the winner’s bracket and took down West Virginia 8-4 improving their record to 28-25, and a rematch victory May 27 secured the Cowboy’s spot in the championship game on Sunday May 28. The Cowboys faced Texas in an all or nothing game to claim the Big 12 Tournament championship title, and a 6-5 victory over the Longhorns would give them just that and give Holliday his 200th win.
Josh Holliday and the Cowboys were picked to face Missouri State in the first round of regionals in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and the first pitch is set for 2 p.m. in Baum Stadium.
Josh Holliday joined Dylan and Todd On May 31 to talk about his Bedlam sweep, winning four straight games in the Big 12 Championship and the NCAA Tournament as the Cowboys head to Fayetteville, Arkansas for regionals on their road to Omaha.