Start of Big 12 Championships pushed to Thursday, format altered to pool play
OKLAHOMA CITY — For once, the discussion around the coaches prior to the start of the Big 12 Conference Championship did not revolve around how many teams needed as many wins as possible to garner attention from the NCAA.
That was the furthest thing from any of the coaches’ minds as they arrived one by one Monday and Tuesday for the tournament. Everybody’s thoughts were with the tornado victims in Moore, just south of Oklahoma City where a reported EF-4 destroyed thousands of homes and killed 24 people.
A numerical look at this week’s Big 12 Baseball Championship, set Wednesday through Sunday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City:
0 The number of times the No. 7 or No. 8 seed has won the conference tournament.
1 The number of championships each by the only four remaining members of the Big 12 to win the tournament — Kansas (2006), Oklahoma (1997), Oklahoma State (2004), Texas Tech (1998).
No. 8 seed Red Raiders will face No. 1 seed Kansas State in first round at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday
The Texas Tech baseball team has played all season as one of the youngest teams in the country in terms of number of newcomers and lack of returning veterans.
That percentage dwindles even further when it comes to members of the Red Raiders with experience playing in the Big 12 Championships in Oklahoma City this week.
Tech now turns focus to Big 12 Championships opener on Wednesday against top seed Kansas State
Already having a Big 12 Conference series win and a berth in the postseason tournament in hand going into Saturday, Texas Tech baseball coach Tim Tadlock wasn’t too upset with his team’s 15-8 loss to Baylor in the series finale.
What he was concerned with, however, was how the loss happened and what it means going into the Big 12 Championships starting Wednesday at Chicasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.
Tech has now won six of last nine heading into Big 12 Championships next week
Texas Tech baseball coach Tim Tadlock has felt all along that if his team could just get into the Big 12 Championships and build some momentum on the way, it could do some damage.
This ought to do the trick.
One night after collecting season highs in runs and hits, the Red Raiders got another solid pitching performance from Jonny Drozd and enough offense to earn their second Big 12 Conference series victory of the year with a 7-1 win over Baylor at Rip Griffin Park.
Poteete, Gutierrez homer to power Tech to best offensive day of season as Tech collects 13 two-out runs
For one of the few times this season, everything both within and beyond the control of the Texas Tech baseball team fell into place.
Needing a win and a Texas loss to qualify for the Big 12 Championships next week in Oklahoma City, the Red Raiders did their part — and a whole lot more. A seven-run fourth inning paved the way to a 17-5 romp over Baylor in the opener of a three-game Big 12 Conference series at Rip Griffin Park.
Loss assures fourth losing record in last six seasons for Tech program
TEMPE, Ariz. — The Texas Tech baseball team jumped out to an early five-run lead, but No. 13 Arizona State scored eight unanswered and held the Red Raiders scoreless form the third inning on for an 8-5 victory Wednesday night at Packard Stadium.
The loss drops the Red Raiders to 23-27 overall and ensures the program’s fourth overall losing record in the past six seasons with just three games to play, beginning Thursday at home against Baylor. Tech has not won fewer than 25 games in a season since 1987 (21-28).