STILLWATER — Last year Oklahoma State finished the season at 41-19 and made it to the finals of the NCAA Louisville Regional. Second year head coach Josh Holliday aims at building on last season with a slew of returners.
The Cowboys will have six positions starters returning and seven pitchers that combined to win 30 games.
“We hope to be stronger to be at the top of our game when it matters the most,” Holliday said.
During the offseason Oklahoma State picked up 18 new faces. The recruiting class is ranked among the top five in the nation.
“We are very proud of our freshman class and the transfers in it,” Holliday said.
The preseason for the Cowboys was a successful time. The mixture of new and old was a combination that bodes well together.
“They made the new players at home and feel welcome and integrating them into our team so they can contribute to our team right away,” Holliday said. “I think it’s a good sign of them really understanding what it’s all about.”
The Cowboys begin the new campaign at the UTA/Hilton Invitational in Arlington, Texas, at 11 a.m. Friday against Incarnate Word. Oklahoma State feels good about its season this year.
“I think it’s a good schedule for us. I think it’s a great schedule for our fans. I think it’s good that we open up in Arlington in a good three-game tournament to kick this thing off,” Holliday said.
Oklahoma State likes that its schedule has long runs of home games mixed in with short road stretches.
The Cowboys will have their home opener against Alcorn State on Feb. 18.
Oklahoma State will host San Diego, Wichita State, Texas-Pan American, Missouri State, Arkansas-Little Rock, Arizona State along with Big 12 opponents.
OSU does not get into conference play until going to Waco, Texas, to square off with Baylor on March 21.