Every year, eight teams play their way into the Big 12 Tournament. Which means that one gets left out. And this year, there was a very real possibility that that team would be Oklahoma State. This past weekend, that possibility nearly became reality if Oklahoma had won one of the two games played on Saturday. Fortunately for all of us, the Cowboys took care of business to stave off the end of the season at least for a few more days. The Cowboys face No. 1 seed Texas Tech tomorrow at 12:30 at the Brick and after the Bedlam victory, a few members of the media were able to catch up with some of the Cowboys to ask them what it meant to dig deep and have a chance to win the Big 12 Tournament this week. For some of the guys, this would’ve just been a year where they didn’t get a chance in the postseason. And sure, it would’ve been awful, but they’re young and will have at most three other chances. But for a few of these guys, this would’ve been the last time to wear the Cowboy uniform and go out and play the game they love with their brothers.
“I’m excited.” Said senior first baseman Dustin Williams. “That would’ve been pretty devastating for me if we hadn’t have gotten the opportunity to go play in that (Big 12 Tournament). I’m just excited for the chance to keep playing in this uniform. I mean, the last four years have been incredible for me and I’m excited to be able to represent this school and this team in that way in that stage. We’ve got a little bit of a leg up on everyone by having the opportunity to play here twice already. So, we got familiar with the ballpark already, so we can just come out here and play our game again.”
One of the positives with being able to win the two Bedlam games to make it to the Big 12 Tournament, is they won them at The Brick. They’ve, like Dustin Williams said, “Got a little bit of a leg up on everyone” by having played there less than a week before their matchup with Tech. “Definitely gained some familiarity playing here two games and then you know the crowd is always great here in Oklahoma City.” Said Lienhard. “You know, we get a lot of these people coming, we’re gonna have great support. So yeah, ready to get back here.” Another one of the positives, is the fact that the Pokes are playing inspired baseball. Most teams in this situation would’ve packed up and gone home.
“The last couple of weeks, like you said, haven’t really gone our way.” Said Cowboy left fielder Garrett McCain. “You know, we knew what was on the line coming into this weekend. And you know, the weather kind of changed things a little bit and we knew coming into today that we needed to win both of today’s games. And you know, Bedlam aside, it wouldn’t have mattered the opponent. We knew we needed to take care of business today. We wanted to continue to extend our season and I’m glad we got two wins and are able to do that and go in to Big 12 with some momentum and we can carry this over a little bit.”