Big 12 Record Four Teams Advance to NCAA Baseball Super Regionals
With regional wins on Monday by Texas and Texas Tech, the Big 12 sends four teams to NCAA Baseball Championship Super Regional action for the first time in conference history and will comprise one-fourth of the Super Regional field as the Longhorns and Red Raiders join Oklahoma State and TCU in the field of 16.
Tech claimed the Coral Gables Regional with a shutout of host Miami (Fla.), while Texas defeated Texas A&M to win the Houston Regional.
Eighty percent of the league’s 2014 postseason participants are advancing to Super Regionals (4-of-5 teams). The Big 12’s five postseason qualifiers was tied for the third-most by one conference this season with the league one of five conferences with more than two teams appearing in the field of 64. Of those five conferences, the Big 12 is the only one that will advance more than 40 percent of its qualifiers to Super Regionals and is the only league that will have more than two teams representing.
The league has never sent more than three teams to Super Regionals in the same year, with a trio appearing only in 2005 and 1999 - the first year of Super Regional play in the NCAA postseason. With Monday’s outcomes, Big 12 teams moved to 13-4 in NCAA postseason play and are 31-12 in regional action over the past three years. This year’s .765 winning percentage is the second-best mark in regional contests all-time for the league, which went 8-2 (.800) in the opening round in 2013.
The Big 12 has 33 all-time Super Regional appearances since the NCAA established the format in 1999 with a 38-38 record. The Conference moves to 197-142 in NCAA action overall.
The Big 12 has also never had more than a pair of teams host Super Regionals during the same year (1999, 2002, 2005). TCU, as the No. 7 national seed, will host its first Super Regional this weekend in Fort Worth, facing Pepperdine. Texas and Texas Tech are also likely to serve as hosts with the Red Raiders taking on College of Charleston and the Horns meeting Houston. The NCAA will finalize Super Regional sites and schedules on Tuesday morning. Oklahoma State will either travel to Corvallis to face the top national seed in Oregon State or stay in Stillwater to host UC Irvine. The Beavers and Anteaters are currently competing in the Corvallis regional championship.
No. 23 Texas Tech shutout No. 3 Miami (Fla.) 4-0 to win the NCAA Coral Gables Regional Tournament championship game behind a complete-game shutout by junior left-handed pitcher Cameron Smith on Monday afternoon at Alex Rodriguez Park – Mark Light Field.
Texas Tech (43-19) wins its first NCAA Regional while advancing to the program’s first NCAA Super Regional. Tech will face College of Charleston in the Super Regional following the Cougars Gainesville Regional title.
Smith struck out three and allowed three hits and five walks while posting Tech’s first complete game of the season. Junior shortstop Tim Proudfoot led Tech offensively going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Sophomore outfielder Zach Davis also added two RBI.
Tech plated the first runs of the game in the seventh inning as a throwing error by Miami catcher Garrett Kennedy allowed Devon Conley to reach base on a sacrifice bunt while freshman third baseman Ryan Long, who walked to lead off the inning, came around to score from second base. Later that inning, sophomore pinch hitter Alex Humphreys scored Tech’s second run with a sacrifice fly to left field. Davis singled to center field in the top of the ninth inning to add two insurance runs for the Red Raiders.
(2) No. 20 Texas 4, (3) Texas A&M 1
Chad Hollingsworth pitched a two-hitter, C.J Hinojosa had three hits and Texas beat Texas A&M 4-1 Monday night to win the Houston Regional.
Hollingsworth (3-0), making his first start this season, struck out three to send the Longhorns (41-19) to their first Super Regional since 2011.
Madison Carter, who had singled to start the fourth, scored on an error to give the Longhorns a 2-1 lead. Hinojosa extended Texas’ lead to 3-1 with an RBI double in the seventh, and Collin Shaw followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Carter. UT senior Mark Payton also extended his Big 12 record reached base streak to 99 games.
Sunday’s Results (June 1)
(2) No. 22 Kentucky 8, (3) Kansas 6
(1) No. 7 Oklahoma State 6, (3) No. 22 Cal State Fullerton 4
(1) No. 9 TCU 6, (2) No. 25 Sam Houston State 1
(3) Texas A&M 3, (2) No. 20 Texas 2
Saturday’s Results (May 31)
(1) No. 8 Louisville 6, (3) Kansas 3
(2) No. 23 Texas Tech 3, (1) No. 3 Miami (Fla.) 0
(2) No. 20 Texas 3, (1) No. 12 Rice 2 (11)
(1) No. 7 Oklahoma State 13, (3) No. 22 Cal State Fullerton 7
(1) No. 9 TCU 3, (2) No. 25 Sam Houston State 2 (22)
Friday’s Results (May 30)
(2) No. 23 Texas Tech 3, (3) Columbia 2 | Coral Gables Regional, hosted by Miami (Fla.)