OSU baseball: On the Super Regional stage, Joe Lienhard can help the Cowboys with his arm and his emotion

By Scott WrightStaff Writerswright@oklahoman.comSTILLWATER — Oklahoma State starting pitcher Joe Lienhard was in the middle of a gem of a pitching performance that helped the Cowboys claim a regional championship Monday night when the ESPNU broadcast cut to an old video.
It was grainy tape from the mid-1980s showing former Cowboy Steve Lienhard, Joe’s father, pitching in the College World Series at Omaha’s old Rosenblatt Stadium.
Quite a lot has changed about baseball, the Cowboys and the College World Series since that video, but one image was unmistakable: the Lienhard smile.
Joe’s smile hides behind his beard a little more than his dad’s did on a clean-shaven face, but it’s clearly the same one that has been a staple in the Cowboy dugout since Joe arrived in the fall of 2015.
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OSU pitcher Gragg is first state player taken

By Ryan AberStaff writerraber@oklahoman.comIt took awhile for an in-state pick to come off the board in the Major League Baseball draft, with Oklahoma State right-hander Logan Gragg the first to come off the board with the No.Read more on NewsOK.com

OSU baseball: Cowboys are a different team than the one that got swept in Lubbock in April

By Scott WrightStaff writerswright@oklahoman.comThe series was played on the final weekend of April, but it feels like a season has passed since the Oklahoma State baseball team was last in Lubbock, Texas.
Beginning Friday, the ninth-seeded Cowboys play a best-of-three NCAA super regional at Texas Tech, returning to Rip Griffin Park, where their last visit resulted in a series sweep at the hands of the Red Raiders.
It damaged OSU’s run at the Big 12 regular-season title with five losses in a span of eight conference games.
But the Cowboys are 14-3 since that Lubbock series, and in some ways, because of it.
“We’re a different team than we were when we were there,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said.Read more on NewsOK.com

OSU softball: Samantha Show signs with Scrap Yard Fast Pitch

By Scott WrightOklahoma State softball star Samantha Show is set to begin her professional playing career this summer after signing with Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, an independent professional team based in Conroe, Texas, on Monday.Show was tabbed 'Queen of Bat Flips' for her fiery home run celebrations, most notably with a thunderous bat flip at the Women's College World Series last week after she hit her second home run off Florida ace Kelly Barnhill to seal the Cowgirls' first WCWS victory since 1998.She became just the second pitcher to hit two home run in a World Series game, joining UCLA's Megan Langenfeld in 2010."While some say Sam is polarizing, I was impressed by how she ignored the critics and just played the game, especially in the WCWS where her performance silenced a lot of the critics," Scrap Yard general manager Connie May said in the team's announcement."I guess it's kind of hard to talk with your jaw dropped open.Read more on NewsOK.com

Garcia gives OSU’s offense a spark

By Hallie HartStaff writerHHart@oklahoman.comWith a blast into the bullpen, Alix Garcia reminded the crowd of the Oklahoma State baseball team’s familiar power-hitting ways.
Garcia’s home run laid the foundation for the Cowboys’ 3-1 victory against UConn in the NCAA regional final on Monday night in the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.Read more on NewsOK.com

OSU baseball: Cowboys win regional behind Carson McCusker’s big plays

By Scott WrightOklahoma State’s Carson McCusker disappeared from the view of most of the fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark as he made a leaping catch on a foul ball in the left field corner in the first inning Monday night.It was the best play he made in the win-or-go-home regional final, but nowhere near the biggest.The 6-foot-8 junior made another leaping catch against the left field wall in the fourth inning, then dove to snag a sinking line drive in the top of the sixth — all before he ripped a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth that sent the No.Read more on NewsOK.com

OSU softball: Samantha Show wants to come back to help Cowgirls next season

By Scott WrightStaff writerswright@oklahoman.comOklahoma State softball player Samantha Show sat in a row with her coach and a few of her teammates Saturday night, tear-stained eyes across the board.
The pain of the Cowgirls’ season-ending loss to Washington at the Women’s College World Series was still fresh.
The glow of OSU’s WCWS victory over Florida two days earlier was distant, and the Cowgirls’ accomplishments of the entire season were hard to draw into focus.
Yet Show composed herself to offer deep reflection about her one season with the Cowgirls after transferring from Texas A&M.
It’s hard to measure what she meant to OSU, and vice versa.
“The big thing for me that I've grown as a person here,” she said.Read more on NewsOK.com