Big 12 Baseball Report – Week 14

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, May 20th, 2017

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By big12sports.com

League Reaches End of Regular Season Play

The league enters the final weekend of regular season play with
four conference series and the possibility of another regular season
champion. Here are the notes for week 14 of baseball:
* Last weekend: TCU clinched a share of the regular season title
on Friday, Baylor swept Oklahoma State, and OU and KU won their
respective series at home.
* For the first time since 2011 and third time overall in league
play, Big 12 baseball could have regular season co-champions after
this weekend. If Texas Tech sweeps Kansas in Lubbock, the Red Raiders
would match the Horned Frogs with a 16-8 conference record to claim a
share of the title.
* The 2017 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship bracket will
be announced after the conclusion of Sunday’s Texas vs. West Virginia
matchup. With one weekend to go in league play, no team has been
eliminated from earning a spot in the eight-team tournament.
* This is the third-straight week that all league teams have a
.500 or better overall record.
* The 2017 Academic All-Big 12 Baseball Team honors 89
student-athletes, including Matt Wilson (OSU) and Ryan Long (TTU) with
perfect 4.0 GPAs. The team is comprised of 54 first team members and
25 second team honorees.
* Austin O’Brien (OU) and Ryan Long (TTU) are three-time Academic
All-Big 12 first team honorees.
* Through Sunday’s games, the league has 67 percent of its teams
in the RPI top 25, the most among all conferences. The RPI is as
follows:
4. Texas Tech
6. TCU
13. Baylor
17. Oklahoma
20. West Virginia
23. Texas
58. Kansas
67. Oklahoma State
98. Kansas State
* Oklahoma’s Austin O’Brien recorded Big 12 Player of the Week
honors while Baylor’s Troy Montemayor and K-State’s Kasey Ford were
named Co-Pitchers of the Week and Shea Langeliers of Baylor earned
Newcomer of the Week for their first career honors.
* The league holds a 186-75 (.713) record over non-conference
opponents this season.
* The league holds a 37-26 (.587) record over Power 5 Conference
teams, having 13 wins over Pac-12 opponents and 11 wins against the
SEC.
* Six of the league’s teams are receiving votes in at least one
poll nationally, including six in the NCBWA poll. Texas Tech leads
with four No. 4 rankings. TCU is also ranked in the top eight in all
five polls.

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