Oklahoma State baseball coach Josh Holliday is disappointed, for sure, that his team didn’t get to make it four teams from the Big 12 – or what would have been half of the eight teams participating – in the College World Series. That would have really been something to see, and a CWS first, I do believe.
But none of that was to be as the Big 12 regular-season champions were defeated at home in back-to-back games with UC Irvine in the Stillwater Super Regional over the weekend. It was a disappointing two days for the Cowboys and their home fans.
With 48 wins on the season, the most by an Oklahoma State team since 1994, it was a great season of baseball for the Cowboys, despite the way it ended, and certainly nothing to hang their heads over.
Holliday wants his team to be recognized and remembered for the entire body of work and accomplishment this season, and not just the disappointing way things ended.
“We were a fantastic team all year long, and tonight was no different” Holliday said after his team suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to UC Irvine that ended the Cowboy’s season. “We just ran into a young man (UC Irvine starting pitcher Andrew Morales) that pitched one heck of a baseball game. And sometimes, you just have to tip your hat to that as painful as that might be,
“We know how hard it is to get to this point, how hard it is to win at this point, and they (UC Irvine) did the things necessary to win,” the Oklahoma State coach said. “We play a lot of meaningful baseball. I’m not going to sit here and rehash it because I can’t give it a proper due. But I believe we won the Big 12. That’s pretty remarkable considering the depth of the conference and what teams are doing.”