Cowboys Michael Freeman Is A Real Romantic

The Oklahoma State baseball team is off to a great start this season at 8-1. The Pokes are pitching it, fielding it and hitting it well, but Allie Reynolds Stadium also proved its prowess in another way last week. That diamond yielded a diamond and a successful marriage proposal.

Michael Freeman is a 6-8 left-handed pitcher with a good fastball. Freeman, a product of Tulsa Bishop Kelly High School and Eastern Oklahoma Community College, can be very intimidating standing out on the mound.

Already this season he has three appearances and has yet to give up an earned run, and last Sunday closed out the last four innings in the 11-1 win over Oakland to earn the win.

His strongest effort so far on the season may have been when he closed out the Cowboys second win at home, a 16-1 win over Alcorn State.

After the game Freeman garnered a more important decision.

"I was trying to figure out how I was going to ask my girlfriend Delaney to marry me," said Freeman. "I decided that she is the one that I want to spend the rest of my life with. She is an incredible woman and I just love her to death.

"I was trying to figure out how I was going to do it. I had got a ring and talked to her parents and had that taken care of. I decided I was going to ask her after a game because baseball is such a big part of our lives."

Freeman enlisted his mom to make a sign, his teammates to jump in as escorts, and came up with a plan.

"I told her before the game and said make sure you wear OSU baseball stuff because we are going to take pictures after the game," continued Freeman.

His coaches, namely pitching coach Rob Walton, called an audible as Freeman wasn't anticipating pitching in the game.

"I didn't know until about the seventh inning," said Freeman, adding that Walton has been instrumental in helping him re-make his delivery and become a better pitcher. "I threw that last inning and it made it a lot easier having that lead and all those runs. Those guys helped me as I was able to pitch even knowing what was going on after the game.

"After the game I went and got her and walked her out there and my teammates went around up in the stands with the signs my mom had put together that said "Marry Him?"

"We were taking pictures and all of a sudden my roommate Aaron Cornell whistles and I said, 'turn around and look at that.' She saw it and immediately she started tearing up and I go down on a knee and asked her to marry me. It took her awhile, she was choked up, and she finally said yes."

Freeman comes off as a great romantic with the marriage proposal. However, he gives credit to all that helped. His head coach Josh Holliday said he is a special young man, beyond his 0.00 earned run average.

"Mike Freeman is a really neat kid. He is an impressive young man and besides baseball he is here majoring in pre-med," said Holliday. "Mike is an old soul and is mature beyond his years. His teammates love him and he is really developing on the mound, and Rob (Walton) has done a tremendous job with him.

"It is great that he is comfortable enough in his own skin to share that moment in his life with his teammates. I have to admit that is the first proposal that I've seen after a game."

The Cowboys head to Arizona on Wednesday to face some challenging teams with the likes of Arizona State, Santa Clara and Gonzaga from Thursday to Sunday. An 8-1 record is good momentum to take with you but for Freeman getting a yes from Delaney to his question of a lifetime and doing it on the diamond ought to make the pitcher throw next time out like he's 10-foot tall.

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