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Oklahoma State baseball: McCurry brothers enjoy one more season together

Randy McCurry's arm injury gave him an extra season in Stillwater and a chance to play with younger brother Brendan. Now both play key roles for the Cowboys.
by John Helsley Published: May 7, 2013
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photo - Brothers Randy, left, and Brendan McCurry are playing baseball together for Oklahoma State University at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, OK, Tuesday, May 7, 2013,  By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
Brothers Randy, left, and Brendan McCurry are playing baseball together for Oklahoma State University at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, OK, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

Two years younger than big brother, Brendan's college career started at Howard Junior College, initially putting his arrival at OSU on the heels of Randy's departure.

“I always looked forward to playing with him again,” Brendan said. “After high school, to be honest, I didn't think I'd get the chance, since I had to go to Juco.

“But him having Tommy John made it possible for me to come back and play with him one more season. It's been a lot of fun.”

Long-awaited fun for Randy, who came to OSU as the “next” Jordy Mercer, a combination shortstop/pitcher who clubbed 105 home runs during his prep career. Then the injury marginalized his impact, moving him out of the picture at shortstop — until Holliday and his new staff arrived.

“There was a point there where I had pretty much given up on playing a position,” Randy said. “But these guys came in here and now I'm doing it.”

He's locked down the spot, while hitting .310 with 15 doubles and 28 runs batted in. On the mound, Randy is 2-1 with a save and a 2.16 earned-run average in 16 2/3 innings.

Brendan leads the Cowboys with six saves and carries a 6-2 record with a 1.26 ERA. And he's started games at second base for an OSU team that stands 34-12 overall and is very much in the NCAA postseason picture.

“One game Brendan's coming into close from second base,” Holliday said. “And another Randy's coming in from shortstop. It's like an American Legion game.”

For the McCurrys, that's a good thing, with the throwback to sharing a field in summer-ball leagues past finally fulfilling their college goals.

Together again, they're making memories. And making the Cowboys better.

“I would think anytime you can play with your brother in college, and you both fill significant roles and have a great contribution to your team, that has to be a lot of fun,” Holliday said.

“They seem to really enjoy each other's company and give each other a hard time from moment to moment. When you come out on our field, you see those two playing catch in the outfield together as catch partners. That's pretty cool.

“I think the whole deal is a pretty good story for them.”

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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