STILLWATER — No matter who won Monday night’s game, Oklahoma State baseball coach Josh Holliday knew his team would face a challenge in the Super Regional. Either they would face the No. 1 overall seed Oregon State or the team that beat the overall No. 1 seed — UC Irvine.
The Cowboys (48-16) will look to punch their ticket to the College World Series in Omaha for the first time since 1999 as they take on UC Irvine.
“I wasn’t really rooting because sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for,” Holliday said. “... We are playing at home but we are playing a ball club that just won a tournament. They have a lot to bring too.”
In Friday’s 8:30 p.m. opener at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium the Cowboys will face left hander Elliott Surrey (7-4, 2.13 ERA) who defeated Oregon State on Saturday and pitched the last inning of Monday’s victory to earn the save. On Saturday, he pitched seven innings and gave up two runs on three hits, walked three and struck out eight. Holliday said he is very skilled.
“He pitches to his strength and knows who he is and they obviously have a lot of trust in him because they brought him in to get the final out in the championship game,” Holliday said. “He's a confident young man with a lot of know how, we respect him, we've seen pitchers like him and we'll prepare for him like we have everyone all year. There's certain things that he does that makes him tough.”
Facing solid pitching is nothing new for Oklahoma State. In last weekend’s regional the Cowboys put up 19 runs on a Cal State Fullerton pitching staff that entered the tournament with a team ERA of 2.01. Junior outfielder Gage Green said they have confidence they can hit against tough arms.