Four Big 12 baseball teams make super regional round


    The Super Regionals are going to have a distinct taste of Big 12 flavor.

    In the final round before the College World Series, a record four members of the Big 12 Conference are still standing: TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech.

    Both the Frogs (45-15, 17-7 Big 12) and Cowboys (48-16, 18-6 Big 12) swept their respective regionals, earning spots in the round Sunday night.

    TCU will host Pepperdine in Fort Worth while the Cowboys will host UC Irvine with the Anteaters’ upset win over No. 1 national seed Oregon State Tuesday morning. 

    The Longhorns (41-19, 13-11 Big 12) and Red Raiders (43-19, 14-10 Big 12), on the other hand, had slightly longer paths.

    Texas, a second-seed in the Houston Regional, won its first two games and had a chance to clinch its spot in the Super Regionals round Sunday night. The Horns couldn’t get past rival Texas A&M though, losing 3-2. 

    Because Texas entered the game in the winners bracket and the Aggies came through the losers bracket, the Longhorns had one more chance in the double-elimination format.

    They would take advantage of a two-hitter performance from pitcher Chad Hollingsworth to beat A&M 4-1 in the final game. Texas will next host the Houston Cougars this week in the Super Regionals round.

    Second-seeded Texas Tech held a 1-0 lead over top-seeded Miami Sunday night entering the bottom of the eighth. Inclement weather in Coral Gables would force the two teams to suspend play and pick up the following day, however.

    Once the game resumed Monday afternoon, the Hurricanes scored two unanswered runs to beat the Red Raiders in extra innings. Like Texas, TTU still had another chance to win its regional though.

    Not to be outdone by the Horns, Tech took advantage of its second chance by shutting out Miami 4-0. With the victory, the Red Raiders will host fourth-seeded College of Charleston.

    Overall, the Big 12 holds a 13-4 record in the tournament so far with Kansas being the only conference team eliminated. No other conference has more than two teams still in it.

    Including TCU’s win over the Oklahoma State in the Big 12 title game, the Frogs are 7-4 against the three other Big 12 teams remaining.

    First pitch from Lupton Stadium for the Frogs’ opening game against Pepperdine is on Saturday at 3 p.m.