OKLAHOMA State, Oral Roberts to play in NCAA Tournament


Tuesday, May 22nd 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6



For the 20th time in 21 years, Oklahoma State earned a chance Monday to play in the NCAA baseball tournament.

Third-seeded Oklahoma State will play No. 2 seed Mississippi (38-21-1) in the New Orleans Regional Friday afternoon.

Nebraska beat Oklahoma State 10-5 in the Big 12 Conference tournament on Saturday, eliminating the Cowboys. OSU, Nebraska, Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech will all be making the NCAA trip.

It will be the 32nd appearance for Oklahoma State (40-20). The Cowboys have advanced to the College World Series 19 times in a row, but did not receive a bid last season.

Head coach Tom Holliday will be making his fourth NCAA trip in five seasons with OSU, which has an all-time record of 121-69.

The Cowboys are 1-0 against Mississippi, winning 4-3 in the teams' last meeting in 1993.

Tulane University, which finished with the nation's best record at 50-10, will be the No. 1 seed and will face No. 4 seed Southern (40-13) Friday evening. The double elimination tournament will be played at Turchin Stadium on the Tulane campus.

For the fourth straight time, Oral Roberts' baseball team has advanced to postseason play.

The Golden Eagles (48-11) will face Southern California (39-17) in the first game of the Los Angeles Regional on Friday.

Oral Roberts beat Southern Utah 13-7 to win the Mid-Continent baseball tournament title.