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June 4, 2014

Comforts of home: OSU elated with host role for Super Regional

STILLWATER — Most of the Oklahoma State baseball team was paying close attention to Monday night’s regional championship game between the overall No. 1 seed Oregon State and UC Irvine. The winner of that game would make the difference between the Cowboys packing their bags to travel or getting ready for one last homestand.

“We didn’t really know what to expect,” Conor Costello said. “We didn’t really care (about the outcome). We’re obviously really excited that the Super Regional is coming to Stillwater this year.”

UC Irvine emerged victorious and will be making the trip to Stillwater for Super Regionals at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

“We get to embrace our fans again and hopefully light this ball park up with bigger crowds and have our kids enjoy the comforts of home,” coach Josh Holliday said. “That’s something rewarding. Secondly, it may seem strange but it keeps the entire unit of people together. You get to postseason and your roster size shrinks from 35 to 27. There are seven or eight guys that don’t get to travel and get to be a part of the next step that have been a part of this team every step of the way. For them to be here every minute of the time with their teammates is important.”

Junior Zach Fish, who received a standing ovation from the crowd after a 2 for 3 performance on Friday, said he is looking forward to having more fan support this weekend.

“These fans and this crowd is one in a million,” Fish said. “I couldn’t ask for a better atmosphere or place to play college baseball. These fans are truly amazing. I’m extremely blessed to be in this situation. We play this game for these fans. ... We play well when we can hear them.”

The series begins at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Game 2 is at 9 p.m. Saturday with the if necessary game being at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets were sold out within 90 minutes of going on sale. A combined total of more than 9,000 fans attended Oklahoma State’s three games in last week’s regional.

“It’s a great thing to see this tradition come back,” Costello said. “People want to come out and support and we want to give our fans something to cheer for and hopefully we can keep this run going.”

If the Cowboys win the series, they will advance to the College World Series for the first time since 1999 and face the Super Regional winner between Texas and Houston.

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