Big 12 Baseball: It's OSU vs. Texas Again

Oklahoma State swept the three-game series against Texas during the regular season, and the Cowboys have won eight of the last nine regular season games, but that means nothing when the two teams meet Wednesday night in a first-round game of the Big 12 Tournament.

It's funny how the baseball seasons often wind up with Oklahoma State and Texas playing really important games against each other. Back in the 1980's and 1990's those meetings often took place in Omaha at the College World Series as the Cowboys and the Longhorns were both premier programs in college baseball joining the likes of Wichita State, Mississippi State, Arizona State, and Miami (Fla.) as the top programs of the era. 

Now the two teams have shared the same conference address since 1995 and the classic confrontations keep coming. The last Big 12 Tournament game played was the championship in Tulsa last May in the rain at OneOk Field, and the Longhorns made it into NCAA play with a win over the Cowboys. Texas had to win in order to get in postseason.

The Longhorns are in the same boat this year at the Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City with a 22-30 record overall and a 10-14 mark in the Big 12. The Horns are the seventh seed and going nowhere unless they win it all this week. 

Oklahoma State is the second seed at 35-18 and 16-8 in the Big 12. Josh Holliday's team needs to win the Big 12 to bolster its bid to host a regional in Stillwater again. A tourney title may be the only way to get that done. 

Oddly enough, Josh Holliday and his dad, former OSU head coach and OSU Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Holliday, were on Texas head coach Augie Garrido's staff after the elder Holliday was let go from Oklahoma State. It's funny how the baseball world turns as Josh is back at his alma mater as head coach and he has been a thorn in the side for Garrido as the Cowboys have won eight of the last nine regular season meetings against Texas, including a sweep of the Horns in Austin earlier this season.

It's back to old school tradition and hopefully continued new school results tomorrow night at the Bricktown Ballpark. Expect Trey Cobb (4-7 3.39 ERA) on the mound for the Cowboys and lefty Trey Culbreath (8-3 3.39 ERA) for the Horns. Two pitchers and the same ERA, only with the Pokes and the Horns.


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