Kansas, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech have earned bids to the 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship field. The Cowboys and Horned Frogs will serve as regional site hosts with TCU as a top eight national seed in the event (No. 7). Regional play begins on Friday, May 30, and runs through Monday, June 2 (if necessary).
The Big 12 finished the regular season with the second-best conference RPI in the nation, all nine of its teams in the NCAA RPI top 100 and six squads in the NCAA RPI top 40. The conference has earned five or more NCAA berths in all but three years since the league’s inception in 1997.
The Big 12’s five selections ties for the third-most by one conference in this year’s event. Overall, the Big 12 has totaled 95 NCAA appearances and is 185-138 in Regional games, including an 18-8 mark over the last two years. The Big 12 has sent multiple teams to Super Regional action in 12 years, including each of the past four seasons. Additionally, the league has had 15 teams advance to the College World Series.
Regular season champion Oklahoma State (45-16, 18-6 Big 12) will serve as the host site for this weekend’s Stillwater Regional. OSU is making its 40th NCAA Tournament appearance, a total that ranks as the fourth highest all time. Oklahoma State has 27 comeback wins on the year and has achieved the program’s highest win total since the 1999 team won 45 games. The Cowboys open against Binghamton (25-25) at 6 p.m. CT with Cal State Fullerton (32-22) and Nebraska (40-19) also in the Stillwater Regional.
Big 12 postseason champion TCU (42-15, 17-7) hosts its fourth regional and is making its 10th appearance in the NCAA postseason in the last 11 years. The Horned Frogs are 27-3 in their last 30 games and lead the Big 12 with a 2.26 ERA. TCU went 15-1 in the month of April and have set the Big 12 single-season record for shutouts at 14. TCU opens against Siena (26-31) at 7 p.m. with Sam Houston State facing Dallas Baptist to complete the Fort Worth Regional field.
The Jayhawks (34-24, 15-9) will be making their first appearance since 2009, third as a member of the Big 12 and fifth in program history. KU, which ended its conference season with nine straight wins over league opponents, will travel to Louisville and meet Kentucky (35-23) at 1 p.m. on Friday. Host Louisville (45-15) faces Kent State (36-21).
Texas Tech (40-18, 14-10) finished the regular season at fourth place in the Big 12 standings, the first time to finish within the top four since 2004. TTU is making its first NCAA appearance in 10 years and eighth as a member of the Big 12, opening against Columbia on Friday at 1 p.m. Host Miami (Fla.) (41-17) will meet Bethune Cookman (26-31).
Texas (38-19, 13-11) meets former Big 12 rival Texas A&M (33-24) on Friday at 3 p.m. in the Houston Regional, hosted by Rice. The Owls open against George Mason (34-20). This marks Texas’ 56th overall appearance in the NCAA postseason field. The Longhorns lead all Big 12 teams with eight super regional appearances and claimed the national championship in 2002 and 2005.
Each of the 16 regionals features four teams, playing a double-elimination format. The regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, May 30, to Monday, June 2 (if necessary). Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced on www.NCAA.com/cws, Monday, June 2 at approximately 10 p.m. CT. The 68th Men’s College World Series begins play Saturday, June 14, at the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska.
Friday, May 30 (Times CT)
Coral Gables Regional hosted by Miami (Fla.)
#2 Texas Tech (40-18) vs. #3 Columbia (29-18), 1 p.m., ESPN3
#1 Miami (Fla.) (41-17) vs. #4 Bethune Cookman (26-31), 6 p.m., ESPN3
Fort Worth Regional hosted by TCU
#2 Sam Houston State (41-17) vs. #3 Dallas Baptist (40-19), 2:30 p.m., ESPN3
#1 TCU (42-15) vs. #4 Siena (26-31), 7 p.m., ESPN3
Houston Regional hosted by Rice
#2 Texas (38-18) vs. #3 Texas A&M (33-24), 3 p.m., ESPNU
#1 Rice (41-18) vs. #4 George Mason (34-20), 7 p.m., ESPN3
Louisville Regional hosted by Louisville
#2 Kentucky (35-23) vs. #3 Kansas (34-24), 1 p.m., ESPN3
#1 Louisville (45-15) vs. #4 Kent State (36-21), 5 p.m., ESPN3
Stillwater Regional hosted by Oklahoma State
#2 Nebraska (40-19) vs. #3 Cal State Fullerton (32-22), Noon, ESPNU
#1 Oklahoma State (45-16) vs. #4 Binghamton, (25-25), 6 p.m., ESPN3