Oklahoma State baseball: Cowboys passed over for national seed, get tough draw

Oklahoma State baseball coach Josh Holliday isn’t going to say his team was snubbed. But the NCAA regional pairings released Monday certainly stung the Cowboys.
Oklahoman Modified: May 26, 2014 at 10:56 pm •  Published: May 26, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma State starting pitcher Michael Freeman delivers in the second inning of the championship game against TCU in the Big 12 conference NCAA college baseball tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma State starting pitcher Michael Freeman delivers in the second inning of the championship game against TCU in the Big 12 conference NCAA college baseball tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Oklahoma State baseball coach Josh Holliday isn’t going to say his team was snubbed.

But the NCAA regional pairings released Monday certainly stung the Cowboys.

The Cowboys will host a regional beginning Friday that includes former Big 12 rival Nebraska, longtime power Cal State Fullerton and Binghamton. But OSU was passed over for one of eight national seeds, and the Stillwater regional is paired up against top-ranked Oregon State’s regional.

“We’ll take the draw that we were given, and we’ll go out and compete with it,” Holliday said. “Congratulations to the teams that got them (national seeds) obviously. They had great seasons. The body of work that they put together is available to look at in terms of teams that competed in great conferences and had great wins. I think our kids did the same thing.”

The Cowboys (45-16) will open against Binghamton at 6 p.m. Friday. Nebraska will play Cal State Fullerton at noon.

While the Cowboys were thought to be in the hunt for a national seed going into Sunday’s loss to TCU in the Big 12 title game, Division I baseball committee chair Dennis Farrell said in a teleconference Monday that the Cowboys were one of five teams in consideration for the final two regional host spots.

The Cowboys and Louisville eventually earned regional host spots while Houston, Texas and Washington wound up as No. 2 seeds.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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