After the Oklahoma State Cowboys defeated South Carolina 3-1 on Sunday to finish off the Super Regional and earn the trip to Omaha, Cowboys senior shortstop and perhaps the face of this team in Donnie Walton stared at cameras in the postgame press conference and said it had not sunk in that he and his teammates were going to the College World Series.
You see for Walton this may be more momentous than it is for most. His father is Cowboys pitching coach Rob Walton, who played in the College World Series four times during his playing days at Oklahoma State. He grew up watching his dad as an assistant and then as a head coach in working to get Oral Roberts University through the NCAA Tournament and to Omaha.
Then when his dad, or as he would say, his "Pops" joined Josh Holliday back at Oklahoma State, Walton joined him as a freshman from Tulsa Bishop Kelley High School.
Walton is a three-time All-Big 12 performer and this season hit .342 starting 59 of the Cowboys games and playing in all 61. He had 79 hits, 14 doubles, a triple, and three home runs. He only had seven errors in 245 chances.
Walton explained that his golf game this morning with teammate and fellow senior Corey Hassel may have moved him toward thinking Omaha.