The Big 12 posted a 10-6 record in NCAA Regional play last week as Baylor and Oklahoma went 4-1 to claim regional wins. Both the Bears and Sooners dropped the opening contest of their respective regional before going on to win four-straight games. This marks the third-straight season the Big 12 has sent multiple league teams to Super Regional play.
The Big 12 has tallied 27 Super Regional appearances since the format was established in 1999, including multiple representatives in 11 years. The Conference is 34-31 in Super Regional contests and improved to 176-131 in NCAA Regional play after this weekend's games. The Big 12 has sent at least one team to the College World Series field of eight in three consecutive years and has totaled 15 appearances overall.
Baylor clinched the Waco Regional to earn a Super Regional spot for the first time since 2005 and fourth time overall. The Bears also made appearances in 1999 and 2003 with the ‘05 season resulting in a College World Series appearance. The Bears (48-15) will host Arkansas (42-19) in Waco this weekend. Baylor becomes the 12th league team to host a Super Regional. BU also hosted in 1999 and 2005 and is 3-3 when serving as a host site. Overall, Baylor is 4-5 in Super Regional play. BU improved to 42-37 in NCAA postseason play, including 36-26 in regional action.
For the Bears, Dan Evatt and Josh Ludy posted nine hits each. Evatt batted .474 with two triples, a home run and 16 total bases. Ludy smashed two home runs, batted .409 and tallied 17 total bases. Jake Miller also hit over .400, going 7-for-15 for a .467 average. Baylor received huge pitching performances from Austin Stone, Dillon Newman and Crayton Bare, who combined to allow seven hits and two runs in 16.1 innings.
Oklahoma took the Charlottesville Regional and will be making its third Super Regional appearance after advancing in 2006 and 2010. OU knocked out host Virginia on Sunday before sweeping Appalachian State in two games on Monday. The Sooners last trip to Charlottesville resulted in a College World Series appearance when they defeated Virginia in a Super Regional in 2010. The Sooners (42-23) will visit Columbia, S.C., to take on the two-time defending national champion South Carolina Gamecocks (43-17). OU is 3-3 in Super Regional play and improved to 80-68 in NCAA action - the third most NCAA wins among active Big 12 teams.
In the Charlottesville Regional, OU was led by Matt Oberste (.467, 7 hits, 6 RBI, 12 total bases) and Caleb Bushyhead (.389, 7 hits, 5 runs). Cody Reine also tallied six RBI, while Jack Mayfield led the Sooners with eight. On the mound, Jordan John pitched 10 innings with a 1.80 ERA, while Steven Okert appeared in two games, earning a save and a win.
In the opening round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Big 12 recorded four picks, including three in the top 31. Andrew Heaney (OSU) was selected ninth overall by Miami, while Tyler Naquin (TAMU) went 15th overall to Cleveland and Michael Wacha (TAMU) was selected 19th by St. Louis. Barrett Barnes was the 45th pick as part of the supplemental round, taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates.