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Josh Holliday's teams solid in Big 12 Tournament

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OU's Tanner Tredaway (10) slides safely to second as Baylor's Nick Loftin (2) waits for the ball in the third inning Wednesday at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]
OU's Tanner Tredaway (10) slides safely to second as Baylor's Nick Loftin (2) waits for the ball in the third inning Wednesday at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

Third-seeded Oklahoma State opened play in its 21st Big 12 tournament Wednesday night, taking a 25-37 tournament record into its late game against sixth-seeded TCU.

Despite the lopsided overall record in tournament play, the Cowboys have been trending upwards in coach Josh Holliday’s seven seasons. Holliday’s teams hold a 12-10 record, along with one of OSU’s two Big 12 tournament titles.

Under Holliday, OSU has reached the title game three times, in 2014, 2015 and 2017, winning the latter as the No. 8 seed.

Holliday's Cowboys played TCU late Wednesday.

Witt Jr. will play in Norman — this weekend

Bobby Witt Jr. has signed with Oklahoma but there’s almost no chance he ever suits up for the Sooners.

The shortstop from Colleyville (Texas) Heritage, the son of former Sooner and MLB pitcher Bobby Witt Sr., is widely projected to be the No. 2 overall pick in next month’s Major League Baseball Draft.

But Witt will play at L. Dale Mitchell Park after all.

Colleyville Heritage is paired up with Amarillo in the Class 5A Region I semifinals and the schools landed on OU’s field as a neutral site.

Witt’s Heritage squad will take on Amarillo at 7 p.m. Thursday in the first game of a best-of-three series, with the second game scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday. A deciding third game would be played 90 minutes after the second game ends.

Early week weather alters travel plans

The weather in Oklahoma on Monday night and into Tuesday morning made it difficult for some teams to arrive in Oklahoma City until late Tuesday.

“Pretty much a show-and-go today,” Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock said after his team’s 7-4 win over Kansas State. “We hit a little bit in the cage, walked out, stretched, played catch and came out and played really good baseball.

“Maybe we should be doing that a little more every now and then.”

At Monday’s luncheon for the coaches, only Oklahoma, Baylor and West Virginia were present.

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<strong>OU's Tanner Tredaway (10) makes a catch to end the third inning against Baylor in the Big 12 baseball tournament Wednesday at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</strong>

OU's Tanner Tredaway (10) makes a catch to end the third inning against Baylor in the Big 12 baseball tournament Wednesday at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

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