Cowboys survive pitchers’ duel to open regional

Jimmy Gillispie/Stillwater News Press Oklahoma State junior pitcher Jensen Elliott threw seven innings Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Elliott shutout Harvard in seven innings, allowing only three hits as the Cowboys won 2-0 to begin their NCAA Regional. 

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State junior right-handed ace Jensen Elliott announced his decision to leave college and begin his professional career.

Elliott, a Coppell, Texas, native was drafted in the 19th Round (pick No. 558) by the Baltimore Orioles of last week’s MLB Draft.

He made his announcement Monday on Twitter. His tweet said:

“Four summers ago I stepped on campus not knowing what to expect, and now looking back there is no question it has been the best four years of my life. Representing Oklahoma State Baseball wearing the Orange and Black has been nothing short of amazing for me and my family. Josh, Rob, James, Victor, the strength coaches and Eli, my athletic trainer, have always believed in me and encouraged me through the ups and downs. My teammates have become family and I know they will always have my back, as I will have theirs. Thank you all. 

“I also want to thank the Loyal and True fans that have cheered  for me over the years. Your support didn’t go unnoticed.

“With that being said, I am extremely humbled and beyond blessed to have been given the opportunity to pursue my dream of playing professionally with the Baltimore Orioles, but I will always be a COWBOY.”

Elliott became a star his freshman season, during the 2016 run to the College World Series. He was named to a pair of Freshman All-American teams, along with being selected an honorable mention All-Big 12 pitcher.

He made 17 starts in 2016 and was second on the team in innings pitched (87 1/3) while posting a 5-1 record during Big 12 Conference games. 

After four starts in 2017, Elliott’s sophomore season came to an end. He underwent Tommy John surgery and missed most of the 2018 season before returning late to pitch in four games.

This spring, he was the ace on the Cowboys’ squad. He posted a 10-4 record with a 3.56 ERA while throwing 98 2/3 innings – most on the team by 26 innings.

Elliott was an All-Big 12 Second Team selection this year. He tallied three complete games this spring.

He finishes his career with a 22-6 record and 3.52 ERA – ranking 10th in the school’s all-time win list.

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