Oklahoma State baseball: Cowboys to face another traditional power: Miami

OSU and Miami are two of college baseball's bluebloods, yet both have something to prove in this year's NCAA Tournament.
by John Helsley Published: May 28, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State baseball coach Josh Holliday speaks to the media before the team leaves for its regional in Louisville on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Stillwater, Okla.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State baseball coach Josh Holliday speaks to the media before the team leaves for its regional in Louisville on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Stillwater, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Few schools can match Oklahoma State's rich baseball history and tradition.

Miami can.

And more.

So Friday's first-round pairing of the Cowboys and 'Canes at the Louisville Regional brings together two blue blood powerhouse programs, albeit with something currently to prove.

“It's got a good sound to it, for sure. Let's go,” said OSU coach Josh Holliday. “If you want to consider yourself the best, you have to go out and play the teams that have traditionally been the best or currently are the best.

“I don't really care who it is, to be honest with you. A chance to play is what this is all about.”

Any examination of NCAA Tournament history prominently features Miami and Oklahoma State, who rank among the top 10 in appearances, postseason wins and College World Series berths.

For the Cowboys, the true glory days are somewhat in the past, with their last CWS trip coming in 1999.

The Hurricanes keep rolling along, with their 41 consecutive regional appearances an NCAA record. They've reached the CWS in the '70s, '80s, '90s and 2000s, claiming national championships in the last three of those decades.

Cowboys third baseman Robbie Rea was there as a kid in Omaha, catching the Hurricanes in action.

“Growing up, going to the College World Series as a kid,” Rea said, “you'd always see Miami there. It's a dream come true to be in the tournament, and then to see that team we're playing is Miami, a team you grew up watching, it's going to be a fun day.”

Holliday fully embraced OSU's rich history — a history of which he's heavily invested in as a former player and disciple of both Gary Ward and his father, Tom Holliday — when he was hired last June.

It was a talking point at his introductory press conference, throughout the season with his team and remains at the forefront of everything he envisions the program being.

So Holliday finds reward in reaching the postseason in his first season.


by David Morris
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Dave Morris serves as Director of Video at OPUBCO, where he's worked since 1996. Morris spent two years as a sports reporter for The Oklahoman before transitioning to online efforts. He has 15 years of digital management with Oklahoman.com and...
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