If you’ve been waiting to get into college baseball, now is the time to do it.
Because Oklahoma State is on a roll. Despite losing a close one Tuesday night at Oral Roberts, the Cowboys have won nine of their last 12 games and have only widened their lead on the Big 12 after a 3-game sweep of OU last weekend.
OSU’s postseason projections now include hosting duties thanks to said sweep and current standings atop the Big 12.
D1 Baseball has OSU hosting as the overall 12-seed, opposite 5-seed Oregon State. Joining the Cowboys would be Missouri (2-seed), Houston (3-seed), and Oral Roberts (4-seed).
Baseball America also has OSU as the overall 12-seed, though they are opposite 5-seed Arkansas. BA has the Cowboys welcoming Minnesota (2-seed), Dallas Baptist (3-seed), and Saint Louis (4-seed)
It’s a big jump, going from 2-seed to not only hosting, but as the No. 12 overall seed. But with the way OSU has been playing and its meteoric rise in the RPI, if the Cowboys remain on this path, it would be hard to not see a regional coming to Stillwater.
I asked Teddy Cahill of Baseball America about his confidence level that OSU would win the Big 12 and what they need to do to host a regional this year. Here was his response.
Pretty high. That three-game cushion is significant with just six games to play. They’re six tough games – at Baylor and home to Texas Tech – but the way the Cowboys are playing, they can win both those series. It definitely helps that Texas Tech has to come to Stillwater. The Red Raiders just have not been as good away from Lubbock this season. As for hosting, if Oklahoma State just takes care of business and wins the Big 12, it probably is in good shape. I guess that means winning two of these last three series, if you want me to be a little less vague.
I also talked with Aaron Fitt of D1Baseball, who had this to say about the potential of OSU hosting a regional this year.
It feels like the Big 12 is on course to get two hosts — Texas Tech and probably Oklahoma State, especially if the Cowboys can win the regular-season title. Texas and Oklahoma still have a shot, but they both took steps backward this past weekend, and I don’t love their chances.
At this point, with just nine games left in the regular season, Oklahoma State holds control over their own future.
Before they play to lock up the league, OSU will take a break from Big 12 play this weekend with a trip up north to face Iowa.