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June 11, 2012

NEW: New Cowboy baseball coach hires ORU coach Rob Walton as pitching coach

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State has hired Rob Walton as its pitching coach, Cowboy head coach Josh Holliday announced Monday.

The 49-year old Walton spent the last 14 years at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa and was the Golden Eagles’ head coach for the past nine. He was a four-year letterwinner as a pitcher at OSU from 1983-86.

“This is a really special opportunity for me and my family,” Walton said. “My wife and I went to school there, and it’s a chance to come back to our alma mater and help Coach Holliday get the program going in the right direction. Hopefully we can bring it back to prominence.

“I’ve known Josh (Holliday) for a long time. He has a passion for OSU baseball and so do I, and so we’re going to team up and do the best job that we can do to put the program back where it needs to be.”

In his nine seasons at the helm of ORU, Walton compiled a 365-167 (.686) record and was named the Summit League Coach of the Year five times. Under his direction, the Golden Eagles were an NCAA Tournament team each year and produced five seasons with 40 or more wins, including a 50-win campaign in 2004.

In his 14 seasons in Tulsa, Walton helped ORU produce 16 All-Americans, 14 conference player or co-players of the year and 12 conference pitchers of the year. Additionally, the Golden Eagles had 45 players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft over that span.

In four seasons as a pitcher at OSU, Walton compiled a 20-3 record and 3.74 ERA in 54 appearances. In 204.2 career innings, he collected 147 strikeouts and tossed 10 complete games.

As a senior, Walton led the Cowboys in wins and was 13-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 19 appearances. He also tossed nine complete games, the fourth most in a single season in OSU history.

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