Oklahoma State’s baseball team will be the #1 seed when they host an NCAA regional in Stillwater this weekend.
The Cowboys will face #4 seed Binghamton at 6:00 on Friday at Reynolds Stadium.
The first game will match #2 seed Nebraska against #3 seed Cal State-Fullerton at 2:00.
“We’re thrilled to get to host a Regional here in Stillwater, and we anticipate a tremendous tournament after seeing the pairings with some outstanding ballclubs coming to town in what should be an awesome Regional,” OSU head coach Josh Holliday said. “You look at a Nebraska team that’s played exceptionally well as of late and been right at the top of the Big 10 standings. Cal State Fullerton coming into the season was a preseason number one pick in the country. And then a Binghamton squad that we’ll learn much more about today.
“You’re talking about ballclubs that have done something not only this year but certainly in the past. There’s a championship-caliber heritage that exists in all these programs and certainly one that exists right here in Stillwater. We’re looking forward to a challenging tournament. If you want to get to the top, you have to beat a number of challenging opponents along the road, and this is the first journey that our team has to get through in the postseason.
“We’re really glad to get to do it here in Stillwater, and I hope our fans turn out and make sure that Oklahoma State is represented powerfully throughout the stadium throughout the tournament.”
“Hosting is a big deal – we’re very excited to be hosting here in Stillwater because it hasn’t been done in a long time,” said OSU outfielder and Big 12 Player of the Year Zach Fish. “It’s great not only for us but for the fans and the University. We’re excited that we were able to have such and good year and be able to host.
“We’re going in against some great teams. Cal State Fullerton is a very decorated program and Nebraska is too, and Binghamton did some good things to be able to get into the tournament. Any team that makes it to the tournament has a great opportunity, and we’re just excited about ours and ready to continue playing good baseball.”
OSU is 45-16 on the season, their most wins since 1999, which was their last trip to the College World Series.
The Cowboys are hosting a regional for the 11th time, and the first time since 2008.
The last time OSU won a home regional was 1993.
The regional is a double-elimination format, with the winner advancing to the super regional the next weekend.