Cowboys Receive NCAA Tourney Invite

Oklahoma State played its final regular season of the 2009 baseball season May 17 and has spent the past nine days in Stillwater hoping to receive good news when the 64-team NCAA Tournament pairings were announced Monday. The Cowboys did receive the news they were hoping for when it was announced they would be the No. 3 seed in the Clemson Regional with a first-round game Friday against Alabama.

The Cowboys finished the regular season on a disappointing note, failing to finish in the Big 12's top eight teams and qualify for the conference postseason tournament for the first time since 1977.

But head coach Frank Anderson kept his squad in Stillwater all of last week, and the Cowboys remained hopeful that their RPI ranking of No. 26 would sway the NCAA baseball selection committee to award them an at-large berth. That's exactly what happened Monday.

Joining OSU in the four-team regional are host Clemson (40-19), No. 2 seed Alabama (37-19), and fourth-seeded Tennessee Tech (30-22-1).

The winner of the Clemson Regional will advance to a Super Regional against the winner of the Tempe (Ariz.) Regional, which includes No. 1 seed Arizona State, No. 2 Oral Roberts, No. 3 Cal Poly and No. 4 Kent State.

The Cowboys are making their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and the fifth in Anderson's six years as head coach.

OSU has advanced to an NCAA Super Regional twice (1999, 2007) and is tied for fifth all time with 19 appearances in the College World Series.

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