STILLWATER – Already this season, Oklahoma State has piled up a list of “first since” accomplishments.
First regular season conference title since 1996.
First 48-win season since 1994.
First home regional championship since 1993.
Now there’s this: first time as Super Regional host since… ever.
When Oregon State, this NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 national seed, lost to Cal Irvine 4-2 late Monday night, the Cowboys were assured of hosting the next round – a best-of-three series against Irvine – this weekend.
Times are set for 8:30 p.m. Friday, 9 pm. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday, if necessary. All games will be televised by ESPNU.
Tickets go on sale today at noon through the OSU ticket office or online at www.okstate.com/tickets. All-session tickets cost $30. Single-session tickets will go on sale the day of each game, two hours prior to game time, for $15.
OSU has played in two Super Regional rounds previously, at Baylor in 1999 and at Louisville in 2007.
The Super Regional concept was added in 1999, the same year the Cowboys advanced through Waco to the College World Series. That was also their last time to make it to Omaha.
So there’s another “first since” opportunity for this OSU club to claim.
After the Cowboys advanced Sunday night with a regional finals win over Cal State Fullerton, OSU coach Josh Holliday said he accepted the challenge of playing anywhere in the next round.
“We’re together,” Holliday said. “We get to keep playing. We get to keep wearing this uniform. Wherever they send us or whatever happens, we’re going to embrace it, man. Because the alternative is not being together.
“And the alternative – whew – that’s hard to think about.”
That alternative will wait.
And the opportunity to postpone it further, with another CWS berth as incentive, comes at home.