After its 4-0 sweep through the Big 12 Tournament, champion Oklahoma placed six of its players on the All-Tournament team, including ace pitcher and tournament Most Outstanding Player Jonathan Gray.
Catcher Anthony Hermelyn, first baseman Matt Oberste, second baseman Hector Lorenzana, third baseman Garrett Carey and outfielder Max White joined Gray on the team.
Oklahoma State, meanwhile, didn't have any players on the 12-man team. The No. 2-seeded Cowboys lost all three of their Big 12 Tournament games.
Tulsa Union product and West Virginia outfielder Jacob Rice was also honored on the all-tournament team.
SOONERS POST FIFTH STRAIGHT 40-WIN SEASON
Oklahoma's title-game win Sunday improved its season record to 40-19, marking the program's fifth consecutive season with 40 or more victories.
“I think knowing we were one of seven teams last year to win 40 games four years in a row was rewarding,” said OU coach Sunny Golloway. “We have seen really good programs struggle before with consistency. We want our program to be a model of consistency over the long haul and we knew coming in that winning 40 games was going to be a challenge for us. Overall I'm proud of the body of work for this team this season.”
COWBOYS WAITING, HOPING
Did OSU's solid footing for an NCAA Tournament berth lose traction with an 0-3 showing at the Big 12 Tournament?
Cowboys coach Josh Holliday admitted that Monday's selection show will come with some unexpected angst, yet also stated a belief that his club had done enough over the course of the season to secure a bid.
Baseball America's Aaron Fitt addressed OSU's situation in a report before Sunday's title game, projecting what might happen if Kansas won.
“We think that would make the Big 12 a four-bid league, but it's possible that Oklahoma State could get squeezed out if Kansas wins because the Cowboys have fallen to No. 52 in the RPI. But we still like OSU's resume more than a number of other bubble teams included in our field.”
Holliday said his team's three-day struggle wouldn't carry over, if the Cowboys advance to the postseason.
As I told (the team), if you are fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to compete in the NCAA Tournament, there will be a feeling come over you and it will be like a second life,” Holliday said. “All these games will be a distant memory from that standpoint.
“But you always have to learn in the game and you have to build on those moments to perform better the next time they come around. If you get that opportunity, it's a new season and everyone is equal.”
Kansas coach Ritch Price said that, despite Sunday's loss, he still believes his team deserves an NCAA Tournament berth.
The Jayhawks' record is 34-25, but they were 3-0 in Big 12 Tournament pool play, including a victory over Oklahoma State. Including that game, KU took three of four from the Cowboys this season.
“I think we did everything we could possibly do without winning today,” Price said. “You can make a really good case for us. We walk in here, we win three games, we beat Oklahoma State three out of four.
“But I recognize it's what you've done over the course of the entire season. The part that's hard for me is if we only get three teams in the tournament out of this conference. That's just a really hard concept for me to have.”