News and Notes from around the Big 12

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

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Courtesy big12sports.com
Big 12 Baseball Championship in Tulsa this week
The 19th annual Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship will make its debut at ONEOK Field in Tulsa this week. It marks just the third time the event has been hosted away from Oklahoma City. The 2002 and 2004 championships took place in Arlington, Texas. OKC had hosted the event for 10 straight years until this season.
TCU enters the field as the top seed after becoming the ninth team to win the conference regular season title the year after winning the postseason crown.
The Frogs aim to repeat as postseason champions which has occurred five times in conference history with the last Texas A&M in 2010 and 2011.
The league’s regular season champion has advanced to win the postseason championship in the same year on five occasions (2011 – Texas A&M, 2009 – Texas, 2005 – Nebraska, 2002 – Texas and 2001 – Nebraska).
The regular season title winner has also advanced to the championship finale 11 times with Oklahoma State in 2014 the most recent.
The No. 1 seed has not won the championship since 2009 and has only claimed the event crown four times (2001, ‘02, ‘05 and 2009). The fourth seed has also won the postseason title four times.
With TCU’s regular season championship, a different league team has won the regular season each of the past four years (2011-15).
Of the current members, Texas has the most postseason titles with four, while Baylor has the most championship game appearances with six (last in 2010).
Baylor and Oklahoma have advanced to the league’s championship each year since the event began in 1997 (19 straight appearances).
Of the 35 conference series played this season, only eight (23 percent) have resulted in three-game sweeps with TCU the only team with multiple sweeps on the year (vs. Baylor, vs. Texas, at West Virginia, at Oklahoma).
Of the 105 conference games played, 62 have been determined by three runs or less (59 percent). Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas each had one-third of their conference contests decided by one run (eight total for each team).

Five Big 12 Teams Advance to NCAA Championship

Following the final day of regional competition, five Big 12 men’s golf programs have earned their way to the NCAA Men’s Golf Final site to compete for the 2015 Men’s Golf Championship.
No. 2 Texas Men’s Golf shot a third-round 275 to win the NCAA Lubbock Regional and advance to the NCAA Championship on Saturday at the Rawls Course. Sophomore Gavin Hall posted his second-consecutive top-three finish after carding a 68 after a 69 in the first two rounds to finish third.
For the 11th time in school history, the ninth-ranked Texas Tech men’s golf team has advanced to the NCAA Championships following a second-place finish in regional play. Senior Clement Sordet clinched his second tournament victory of the season carding a 2-under 69 in the final round to share the individual medalist honor alongside Houston’s Blair Hamilton at 8-under for the 54 holes.
The TCU men’s golf team finished fourth at the NCAA Washington Regional to advance to the NCAA Championship. The Horned Frogs entered the final round as the tournament leader and carded a 2-over 290 to book their 18th overall trip to the NCAA Championship, which is held at The Concession Club. Sophomore Giulio Castagnara entered the final round in second overall and never flinched on Saturday, posting his third-straight sub-par round with a 1-under 71 for his highest-career finish of fifth.
The Baylor men’s golf team finished in sixth place at the NCAA Bremerton Regional after shooting 1-over-par 289 in Saturday’s final round. The sixth-place finish was one spot shy of the cut to make the NCAA Championships, ending the Bears season.
The No. 43 Iowa State men’s golf team finished eighth in the regional. The Cyclones ended the tournament with a three-round 869 total.
Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team fired an 8-under 272 during its final round at the NCAA New Haven Regional on Saturday to finish in third place at The Course at Yale. The Cowboys finished at 2-over 842 for the event to wrap up their nation-leading 68th NCAA Championship berth in the 69-year history of the program.
With a season-low 843 (-21), the No. 14
Oklahoma men’s rolled to a 20-stroke, wire-to-wire victory at the NCAA San Diego Regional to advance to its fifth straight NCAA Championships.
The three-day, 54-hole tournament was played at the 6,947-yard, par-72 The Farms Golf Club in San Diego, Calif. OU has now won four regionals in its program history, with the others coming in 1989, 1995 and 2001.
The 30-team NCAA Championships will be held May 29-June 3 at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla

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