With three-quarters of the country buried in snow and frigid temperatures, there aren’t many temperate locations to play baseball in the monthy of February, especially in the Midwestern part of the country where Big 12 Country resides. That’s why you schedule games this time of year as part of tournaments in warmer climates.
The weekend slate in Big 12 baseball, which is in its second week of the 2014 season, features four different away tournaments. Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Texas are the only schools in the conference with scheduled home series this weekend against the same team.
Defending conference champion Kansas State hopes to turn its luck around in its second weekend on the West Coast as its plays in the Gael Invitational in Moraga, Calif. The Wildcats are still seeking their first win of the new season after five straight losses to open the season.
Kansas, the choice of the Big 12 coaches in their annual preseason poll to finish last in the conference in 2014, takes its perfect 4-0 record to Florida this weekend, where the Jayhawks are taking part over four days in the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte. Oklahoma (4-1) plays in the UCF Tournament in Orlando along with The Citadel, which lost to West Virginia last Sunday, St. Bonaventure and Ohio State. Twenty-first-ranked TCU, 3-1 after the first week of play, is at the Kieberg Bank College Classic in Corpus Christi.
Texas Tech is hosting Oral Roberts this weekend in the Brooks Wallace Memorial Tournament this weekend in Lubbock. Texas (3-2), which lost two of three last weekend at California, is a t home this weekend to take on another Pac-12 team in Stanford, ranked 21st this week in the USA Today/ ESPN poll. Oakland (Mich.) is at No. 18 Oklahoma State (5-0), and Baylor entertains Austin Peay in Waco. West Virginia (1-2) completes the weekend schedule with three games at San Diego State, where former major-leaguer and Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is the head coach