(STILLWATER, Okla. July 5, 2016) – Oklahoma State finished the 2016 season with its highest ranking in the final national polls since 1993 as the Cowboys were ranked No. 4 by five different outlets.
OSU ended 2016 ranked fourth by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, USA Today (coaches poll), the NCBWA and Perfect Game. The Cowboys finished fifth in the final D1Baseball.com poll.
The No. 4 finish marks the 20th time in program history OSU has been ranked in the top 10 of the final national polls and the second time under current head coach Josh Holliday, who led the Cowboys to a No. 10 final ranking in 2014.
With its spot in the final rankings, OSU also extends its streak of being ranked in at least one national poll to 70 consecutive weeks dating back to 2013.
OSU finished the ’16 season with a 43-22 record and made its first College World Series appearance since 1999. The Cowboys won two games at the CWS, which marked the first time they had won in Omaha since 1993, and OSU was one of the final four teams remaining in the CWS field.
After entering the NCAA Tournament with a 36-20 record, which included finishing second in the Big 12 Conference with a 16-8 league mark, OSU swept three games at the NCAA Clemson Regional to advance to the fourth Super Regional in program history. The Cowboys continued their perfect run in the Supers, knocking off South Carolina on its home field to advance to the College World Series.
OSU opened the College World Series with consecutive 1-0 wins, marking the first time in history a team has recorded back-to-back 1-0 shutouts at the CWS. The Cowboys also never trailed in their first seven NCAA tourney games.