Fall Report: Oklahoma StateFall Report
For a while, 2017 looked certain to be a lost season for Oklahoma State. Two-thirds of the expected weekend rotation (Jensen Elliott and Parker Scott) was lost to Tommy John surgery about a month into the season, leaving the Cowboys reeling well into May. They carried a 6-14 conference record into their annual season-ending rivalry series against Oklahoma, and they needed to sweep that rain-shortened two-game series just to avoid finishing in the Big 12 basement and sneak into the conference tourney.
But sweeping the Sooners served as a springboard for Oklahoma State, which then reeled off four straight wins in the Big 12 tourney to claim the conference’s automatic bid and improbably make its fifth regionals in five years under Josh Holliday. OSU went 0-2 in the Fayetteville Regional, but just getting into that regional was an impressive accomplishment for a team that looked down and out just two weeks earlier.
“It was great for all of us, it was a tremendous learning experience to go through a regular season where you’re just a hair short, you have some tough one-run losses, the next thing you know you’re buried a little bit and you go, ‘Dang, we’ve got to dig ourselves out of this hole,’” Holliday said. “The kids had the wherewithal to stay with it and do that. … I think this group will come back in January in great shape and allow us to pick up where we left off. Some years you have more certainty with your team because of what you have returning and the previous moments you’ve seen those guys in. We’re probably somewhere in the middle, we’re experienced and inexperienced. I think we have a solid foundation to build around, starting on the mound.”
Due to the timing of their surgeries, Elliott and Scott could both miss this entire season, though there’s a chance Elliott might be able to return for the stretch run. But even without them, Oklahoma State feels very good about its talent on the mound.
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