Kansas State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will represent the Big 12 Conference in the 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship field. The Wildcats will serve as a regional host for the first time in school history. Action begins on Friday, May 31, and will conclude on Monday, June 3 (if necessary).
The Big 12’s three selections ties for the fifth-most by one conference in this year’s event. Overall, the Big 12 has totaled 90 NCAA appearances and is 176-131 in Regional games. The Big 12 has sent multiple teams to Super Regional action in 11 years, including each of the past three seasons. Additionally, the league has had 15 teams advance to the College World Series.
Regular season champion K-State (41-17) opens play with in-state foe Wichita State (39-26) on Friday in Manhattan. K-State won both its games against the Shockers this season, including a comeback victory at Tointon Family Stadium. Bryant (44-16-1) and Arkansas (37-20) are also in the Manhattan Regional. The Wildcats are making just their fourth appearance in the NCAA postseason in school history. Kansas State’s other three appearances all came in the past four years (2009-’11).
Big 12 postseason champion Oklahoma (40-19) will travel to the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., to open play as a No. 2 seed against Coastal Carolina (37-21). The host Hokies (38-20) will face UConn (34-36) on the other side of the regional. This marks the Sooners’ sixth straight regional appearance and 13th as members of the league. Overall, OU has appeared in the NCAA postseason on 35 occasions with a record of 80-70. Oklahoma has advanced to a super regional two of the past three years.
Oklahoma State (39-17), which finished the season in second place in the league standings, will face Miami (Fla.) (36-23) in the Louisville Regional. The host Cardinals (46-12) take on Bowling Green (24-29). OSU (39-17) is making its 39th appearance all-time and sixth in the past eight years.
Each regional field features four teams, playing in a double-elimination format. The 16 Regional site winners advance to a two-team Super Regional, which features a best-of-three series to send eight teams to the College World Series. The 2013 Super Regional host sites will be announced on www.NCAA.com/cws, Monday, June 3 at approximately 11 p.m. (ET). The 67th Men’s College World Series begins play Saturday, June 15, at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Neb.
Friday, May 31 (Times in CT)
Blacksburg Regional hosted by Virginia Tech
#1 Virginia Tech (38-20) vs. #4 Connecticut (34-26), 4:30 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Oklahoma (40-19) vs. Coastal Caro. (37-21), Noon, ESPN3
Louisville Regional hosted by Louisville
#1 Louisville (46-12) vs. #4 Bowling Green (24-29), 5 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Miami (FL) (36-23) vs. #3 Oklahoma St. (39-17), 1 p.m., ESPN3
Manhattan Regional hosted by Kansas State
#1 Kansas St. (41-17) vs. #4 Wichita St. (39-26), 2 p.m., ESPNU/ ESPN3
#2 Arkansas (37-20) vs. #3 Bryant (44-16-1), 7 p.m., ESPN3