OSU captured the Big 12 regular season crown with an 18-6 mark, then went on to win the NCAA Stillwater Regional championship and advance to the NCAA Stillwater Super Regional, its first Super Regional appearance since 2007.
OSU was ranked in the national polls throughout the 2014 campaign and finished the year ranked 10th in each of the final national polls, its first top 10 final ranking since 1999.
Holliday began laying a foundation for success immediately and that culminated with the Cowboys returning to Omaha and the College World Series in 2016.
OSU’s impressive ’16 run saw the Pokes make their 20th College World Series appearance, and Holliday became one of only 17 people in NCAA history to reach the CWS as both a player and head coach after playing for OSU teams in 19 that advanced to Omaha.
Other 2015 highlights included: • OSU finished second in the Big 12 Conference regular season standings, marking the third consecutive year the Cowboys finished in the top two of the league. 17 in the final national polls, earning that ranking from D1Baseball. • Michael Freeman became the 23rd player in OSU history to be named a first-team All-American and the second to earn Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year honors. Their 2.84 ERA was the lowest by an OSU pitching staff since 1973.
I hope that plan of attack and approach is going to train our players with an approach that will stay with them the rest of their lives.” Holliday’s hire has paid huge and immediate dividends as he has led the OSU program back to national prominence in his first five seasons at the helm.
Since taking over the reins, Holliday has guided the Cowboys to five-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, a pair of Big 12 Conference championships, including the program’s first-ever regular season title, two NCAA Super Regional berths and a return to the College World Series for the first time since his playing days in 1999.
That total marked the third most of any Division I program in 2016.
OSU’s magical 2016 season continued a winning trend that Holliday established immediately in his first season in 2013 when he led the Cowboys to a 41-19 record and the finals of the NCAA Louisville Regional.