May 24, 2016
OKLAHOMA CITY – The West Virginia University baseball team begins postseason play at the 2016 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship on Wednesday, May 25, at 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. CT.
The annual event returns to Oklahoma City and Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark from May 25-29.
West Virginia enters the postseason with a 33-21 record and a 12-11 mark in Big 12 play. WVU has won 14 of their last 17 games, including a stretch of 10 in a row. The Mountaineers are coming off a series at No. 5 Texas Tech, where they posted an 8-7 upset win in the finale.
Oklahoma is 28-25-1 and 11-13 in the Big 12. The Sooners are coming off a series win at Austin Peay. OU took the season series against WVU, 2-1, in Norman, Oklahoma.
The winner of the WVU-OU contest will play the winner between No. 1 Texas Tech and No. 8 Kansas State on Thursday, May 26, at 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT. In the double-elimination tournament, the losers of the WVU-OU and TTU-KSU games on Wednesday will face off on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET.
Texas Tech, the regular-season Big 12 champions, enter the postseason with a 40-14 record and a 19-5 mark in conference play. WVU went 1-2 against the Red Raiders, including an 8-7 upset win at then-fifth-ranked TTU last weekend.
Kansas State begins the Big 12 Championship with a 26-29 record and an 8-16 conference record. The Wildcats were swept by No. 11 TCU to close out the regular season. KSU claimed two of the three games against the Mountaineers this season in Morgantown.
On the other side of the bracket, second-seeded Oklahoma State will play No. 7 Texas, while No. 3 TCU opens against No. 6 Baylor.
WVU’S BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
WVU has qualified for the Big 12 Championship in each of its four seasons in the conference. West Virginia is 3-5 all-time in Big 12 Championship games.
The Mountaineers’ No. 4 seed is their second-highest at the Big 12 Championship. WVU was seeded third in 2013, its first season in the Big 12, No. 6 in 2014 and No. 7 a year ago.
In its first Championship, in 2013, WVU was seeded third overall and went 2-1. In pool play, the Mountaineers opened with a loss to sixth-seeded Kansas, 6-2. West Virginia answered with a 10-3 win against No. 7 TCU and a 6-5 win vs. No. 2 Oklahoma State. Kansas also finished 2-1 and advanced to the championship game.
WVU earned the No. 6 seed in 2014 and went 1-2. West Virginia opened with a 10-9 win against No. 3 Kansas. In the second game, No. 2 TCU beat WVU, 6-2, before a 9-4 loss to No. 7 Baylor
West Virginia was seeded seventh a year ago and went 0-2. WVU lost to No. 2 Oklahoma State, 3-0, before a 6-1 loss to No. 3 Oklahoma.
STREAKING INTO THE POSTSEASON
The Mountaineers enter the postseason as one of the hottest teams in the country. WVU has won 14 of its last 17 games, a stretch that includes a 10-game winning streak.
West Virginia’s 10 game winning streak, the longest in the country at the time, was WVU’s longest since 2008 (11 games).
In the 17-game stretch, the three losses came in the first game of a doubleheader vs. Baylor, before the 10-game winning streak started, and two losses at No. 5 Texas Tech, to end the winning streak.
The 17-game stretch included wins at Oklahoma, at Pitt, at No. 5 Texas Tech, back-to-back weekend sweeps of Texas and William & Mary and wins over Virginia Tech and Maryland.