Baseball : NCAA Tournament Tcu's Success Representative of Solid Big 12

By Stevenson, Stefan | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), June 8, 2014 | Go to article overview

Baseball : NCAA Tournament Tcu's Success Representative of Solid Big 12


Stevenson, Stefan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Texas and Oklahoma State hosted super regionals beginning Friday, while TCU and Texas Tech began hosting Saturday.

The last time TCU made it to the NCAA Super Regionals, the Horned Frogs were playing their final games as a member of the Mountain West Conference.

It was June 2012 and TCU was swept by UCLA in Los Angeles.

That same year, two Big 12 Conference teams were still playing -- Baylor hosted Arkansas and Oklahoma was at South Carolina. Both failed to advance.

A year ago, only three Big 12 teams made the postseason (Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma), a down year for the conference by all accounts, especially considering that eight teams were in the field in 2009.

The Big 12 hasn't sent a team to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., since 2011 when Texas and Texas A&M advanced.That is likely to change in 2014.

A record four league teams hosted super regionals this weekend, beginning at 3 p.m. Friday with Texas hosting Houston in the Austin Super Regional and Oklahoma State hosting UC Irvine in the Stillwater Super Regional.

On Saturday, TCU hosted Pepperdine and Texas Tech hosted College of Charleston in the openers of best-of-three series.

When the super regionals conclude Monday, the Big 12 could field half the teams in the CWS, which begins June 14.

"The type of baseball that's being played in the conference is next to none," TCU third baseman Derek Odell said. …

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