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June 6, 2014

Two former Roff baseball players excel at OSU

Stillwater — Oklahoma State’s impressive run in the postseason is no surprise to two of its team members.

Roff High School products and OSU seniors Brendan McCurry and Aaron Cornell have certainly been a critical part of the Cowboys’ success in 2014.

That former Tiger pair will attempt to help the Pokes reach the College World Series by winning perhaps the most important series so far this season – a three-game, winner-take-all NCAA Super Regional, set for this weekend against Cal-Irvine in Stillwater. The winner of the Super Regional advances to Omaha, Nebraska.

“It’s been special. We’re there for one another. We trust one another and care for one another,” said Cornell, a senior outfielder.

The roll by the Pokes actually began after the first Big 12 Conference series of the regular season when OSU dropped two of three games to the Baylor Bears, March 21-23. Since then, the Cowboys have won every three-game conference series, including three sweeps of West Virginia, Kansas and Kansas State, on the way to the team’s first Big 12 regular-season championship with an 18-6 record. It was OSU’s first regular-season conference title since winning the Big 8 in 1996.

Then came the Big 12 Tournament. Though the Cowboys settled for a runner-up finish behind tournament champion TCU, the Pokes’ regular-season success resulted in a host berth for an NCAA Regional last weekend at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

OSU mowed through the competition in impressive fashion, blanking Binghamton, 8-0, in the opener on Friday and securing back-to-back victories over Cal State Fullerton, 13-7 on Saturday and 6-4 on Sunday, en route to the regional crown and a mounting overall record. As a result, the Cowboys are hosting their first Super Regional since it began in 1999.

To say that 13-7 win was impressive is a major understatement. The 13 runs were the most scored against Cal State-Fullerton this season. The Titan pitching staff entered the regional with the lowest combined team earned-run average in the nation.

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