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Baseball Weekly Notes Package
June 11, 2014
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• The Big 12 sends three teams to the NCAA Baseball Championship’s College World Series field for just the second time in conference history (2005 - Baylor, Nebraska, Texas). In 2005, the league went 8-4 in the CWS, playing each other on two occasions. The Longhorns claimed the national championship that season. This is the 12th time a conference has sent three or more teams to the CWS field in the same year.
 
• After a two-year drought with no teams advancing to Omaha, the Big 12 will be sending multiple members for the fifth time (1999, 2002, 05, 11) and has now totaled 18 CWS teams with a 22-26 record in CWS games.
 
• The Big 12 advanced 80 percent of its NCAA postseason teams to the Super Regional field and will now be represented in the CWS with one-third of its baseball-playing institutions. Sixty percent of its NCAA tournament teams have advanced to Omaha (3-of-5).
 
• Big 12 teams are 19-7 in NCAA postseason play this season. The league went 6-3 in Super Regional action - the most wins since the 2005 season (6-2). This year’s .765 (13-4) winning percentage in regional contests is the second-best mark all-time for the league, which went 8-2 (.800) in the opening round in 2013.
 
• For the first time in league history, the conference sent four teams to the Super Regional field. The league has never had more than three teams in the same year, with a trio appearing at once only in 2005 and 1999 - the first year of Super Regional play in the NCAA postseason.
 
• All four Super Regional teams served as hosts with the Big 12 comprising one-fourth of the field of 16. Since the format began in 1999, it marked just the second time that one conference has had four teams serve as Super Regional hosts in the same year. The ACC also had four teams in 2013.
 
• Collectively, the Big 12’s three CWS teams have a 1.16 ERA this postseason (23 earned runs). All three teams have posted ERAs under 1.60 this postseason (TTU - 0.65, UT - 1.15 and TCU 1.59).
 
• 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 advanced more than 30 percent of its qualifiers to Super Regionals and is the only league that will have more than two teams representing (Big 12 4 of 5 - 80%, ACC 2 of 7 - 29%, Big West 1 of 4 - 25%, SEC 2 of 10 - 20%, Pac-12 1 of 5 - 20%).
 
• 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.
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