Oklahoma State baseball: Cowboys need strong push heading into series with TCU

At 4-4 in the Big 12 after losing two of three at KU, the Cowboys need to make a strong push to elevate themselves nationally. The conference is dealing with perception problems, which seem quite real when RPIs are examined.
by John Helsley Published: April 11, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Brendan McCurry points back to the dugout after an out in the third inning of OSU's college baseball game against Alcorn State in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Brendan McCurry points back to the dugout after an out in the third inning of OSU's college baseball game against Alcorn State in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Josh Holliday's faith doesn't waver.

As a player, an assistant coach and now a head coach — not to mention a Holliday — he's always been focused on the bright side of life.

And that's the outlook now, as his pieced-together first Oklahoma State team faces its first real round of adversity.

The Cowboys are coming off a lost series at Kansas, dropping them into the middle of the pack in the Big 12. Their ace, Jason Hursh, is scuffling. And their most hardened veteran, shortstop and pitching swingman Randy McCurry, is hurting with a turf toe.

All this as OSU heads to TCU for a weekend series, trying to right itself and remain in the conversation for an NCAA Tournament berth.

“I told the kids, ‘We're just going to keep getting a little bit better each time, because we're on the verge of stringing together some good ball games.'

“That's what my instincts tell me,” Holliday said.

At 4-4 in the Big 12 after losing two of three at KU, the Cowboys need to make a strong push to elevate themselves nationally. The conference is dealing with perception problems, which seem quite real when RPIs are examined. Only league-leader Oklahoma, at No. 21, ranks among the Top 50.

OSU sits at No. 111.

And in what has to be considered a down year for the conference, the Cowboys have to make the most of any opportunities to move up. That means taking care of business against the likes of struggling teams like TCU and Texas Tech, but also taking series from OU and Kansas State. The Cowboys also can make some headway in two weeks at the TD Ameritrade Classic in Omaha, where they'll face Creighton and Rutgers in single games, and Nebraska twice.


by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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Big 12 baseball: Up next for OSU and OU

Cowboys

Friday: at TCU, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday: at TCU, 4 p.m.

Sunday: at TCU, 1 p.m.

Tuesday: at Missouri State, 6:30 p.m.

April 19: Kansas State, 7 p.m.

April 20: Kansas State, 3 p.m.

April 21: Kansas State, 1 p.m.

Sooners

Friday: at Baylor, 6:35 p.m.

Saturday: at Baylor, 3:05 p.m.

Sunday: at Baylor, 1:05 p.m.

Tuesday: Arkansas-Little Rock, 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

April 19: New Orleans, 6:30 p.m.

April 20: New Orleans, 2 p.m.

April 21: New Orleans, 1 p.m.

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