A Big 12 record four teams have advanced to the Super Regionals in the 2014 NCAA Baseball Championship, and all four will serve as host sites for this weekend’s action, which will whittle down the tournament field from 16 to a final eight.
The eight Super Regional champions will advance to the ultimate stage in college baseball: the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
Big 12 regular-season champion Oklahoma State and TCU, the winner of the postseason conference tournament, along with Texas and Texas Tech all won their regional championships over the weekend. All four schools are just two wins away from playing their way into the College World Series.
This is first time that the Big 12 has advanced as many as four teams to the Super Regional round in the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Only one other conference has sent that many teams to the Super Regionals in the same year. The Atlantic Coast Conference had four Super Regional teams last season.
The previous high number for Big 12 teams in NCAA baseball’s version of the Sweet 16 was three (in 1999 and 2005). It is also the first time the Big 12 has had more than two teams host a Super Regional in the same season. On three different occasions previously (1999, 2002 and 2005), two conference teams have hosted a Super Regional in the same year.
Interestingly, the home record this season for Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech is a combined 102-29 (.779).
Five Big 12 teams qualified for the 2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament. That tied for the third most from any one conference this season. Eighty percent of the Big 12 teams that qualified for the championship won their regional this past weekend and are advancing to the round of 16 (the Super Regionals).
The Big 12 is the only conference that had more than 40 percent of its 2014 tournament entrees advance out of the this season’s opening regional round, and is the only conference with more than two teams still in the hunt.
Oklahoma State and TCU were hosts for last weekend’s regional tournaments, their No, 1 seeds as a host site held true to form. Texas and Texas A&M, on the other hand, had to travel away from home: Texas defeated Texas A&M for the championship in the Houston Regional, and Texas Tech knocked off top-seed Miami in the Coral Gables Regional.
Kansas was the fifth Big 12 team to qualify for the NCAA Baseball Championship this season. The Big 12′s third-place team in the regular season, the Jayhawks won their opening game in the Louisville Regional, but came up short in their next two games and were sent packing to wait for another year.
The Big 12 teams are 13-4 after the first round in this year’s NCAA Tournament. That’s a winning percentage of .765, the second best mark in Big 12 history. The league went 8-2 a year ago for an .800 winning percentage.
As far as the baseball Super Regionals, the Big 12 has made 33 appearances in the round of 16 since the first season for the Super Regional format in 1999. The combined record of conference teams that have made it into the Super Regional round is an even-.500 38 wins and 38 losses.
Current Big 12 teams have won nine College World Series national championships, but that has happened only twice in the Big 12 era (Texas in 2002 and again in 2005). Of the four teams still in the hunt in this year’s NCAA Championship, Texas and Oklahoma State are the only two that have a CWS title to their credit.
Big 12 Baseball Super Regional Schedule
Stillwater Super Regional (Friday thru Sunday)
Oklahoma State (48-16) vs. UC Irvine (38-23)
Austin Super Regional (Friday thru Sunday)
Texas (41-19) vs. University of Houston (48-16)
Ft. Worth Super Regional (Saturday thru Monday)
TCU (45-15) vs. Pepperdine (42-16)
Lubbock Super Regional (Saturday thru Monday)
Texas Tech (43-19) vs. College of Charleston (44-17)