With a 4-2 win over Bedlam rival Oklahoma in Oklahoma City and a TCU loss at Baylor tonight, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have clinched a share of the 2014 Big 12 baseball regular season title. The Cowboys also secure the top seed in next week’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship.
Entering the final weekend of conference play, the Pokes held a one-game lead over TCU in the conference standings. With a win in Tulsa against the Sooners either Friday or Saturday, the Cowboys will win the crown outright.
Oklahoma State won its 11th straight game and improved to 17-5 in league play and 40-13 overall with tonight’s victory. This marks the Cowboys’ first regular season Big 12 title. OSU won the conference postseason championship in 2004.
Under the guidance of second-year head coach Josh Holliday, Oklahoma State is ranked as high as No. 6 this week and entered the weekend with six-straight Big 12 series wins for just the third time since league play began in 1996 (2006 and 2008). Picked to finish second in the Big 12 preseason coaches’ poll, OSU is led by a strong pitching corps that tops the league in conference ERA. The bullpen has combined to go 24-2 with 18 saves with reliever Vince Wheeland the league ERA leader and closer Brendan McCurry second in the conference with 16 saves. Offensively, the Cowboys lead the league in on-base percentage and walks.
With TCU now at 15-7 in league play and the Cowboys at 17-5, OSU is guaranteed the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 postseason championship. Should both teams finish with identical conference records and share the regular season title, Oklahoma State holds the seeding tiebreaker with a 2-1 series win against the Horned Frogs this season.
The 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship is Wednesday, May 21-Sunday, May 25, at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. All-session and weekend session passes are now on sale with single-session tickets available the week of the event. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Oklahoma City RedHawks Box Office or calling at (405) 218-1000. Additionally, tickets can be bought online via Ticketmaster at Big12Sports.com.