Only once before has that happened in the 18-year history of the Big 12. In 2005, Baylor, Nebraska, and Texas all won their Super Regional and advanced to the CWS. Texas defeated Florida 4-2 and 6-2 and won the national championship that year. The Longhorns also place five players on the 2005 CWS All-Tournament Team.
This is the fifth time multiple Big 12 teams have appeared in the CWS in the same year. In addition to 2005, the Big 12 placed two teams in the eight-team CWS field in 1999, 2002 and 2011. The conference has been absent from the CWS since 2011, however.
Eighteen conference teams have advanced to the CWS in the Big 12 era. Those 18 teams have compiled an all-time record of 22-26 in College World Series games.
Five Big 12 teams (TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech and Kansas) made the 64-team field for this year’s NCAA Baseball Championship. Four of those teams won their regional championship and moved on to the Super Regional round of 16, and all four were awarded the opportunity to serve as Super Regional host sites.
Super Regional championship wins by Texas, TCU and Texas Tech marked the first time that three Big 12 teams had won their Super Regionals in the same season – and while serving as a host site – and moved on to compete in the CWS.
All that adds up to 60 percent of the Big 12 teams who began play in the 2014 NCAA Baseball Championship have advanced to the 2014 CWS and will represent 37.5 percent of the World Series field.
The conference record since this year’s NCAA Championship began is a collective 19-7, and the Big 12 went 6-3 in the Super Regionals. That is the most wins by Big 12 teams in the Super Regional round since 2005, when Texas, Baylor and Nebraska went 6-3.
Four Big 12 teams are ranked in the top 25 in three of the four major college baseball polls this week. Collegiate Baseball anks the three conference teams that are CWS bound, plus Oklahoma State, in the top 10 nationally, that is the most of any conference. In the Collegiate Baseball poll, TCU is No. 2, Texas No. 6, Texas Tech No. 7 and Oklahoma State No. 10
Outstanding pitching has been a common denominator among the three Big 12 schools in the 2014 College World Series. Texas Tech, Texas and TCU have all posted staff ERA under 2.00 in postseason play this season (Texas Tech 0.65, Texas 1.15 and TCU 1.59)
Texas Tech (45-19) is making its first-ever appearance in the College World Series, And wouldn’t you know it, the Red Raiders’ opening game will be against fellow Big 12 team TCU (47-16), on Sunday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. If you’re wondering, Texas Tech took two of three games against TCU back in March.
In contrast to its in-state rival from Lubbock, Texas is making its 35 CWS appearance. The Longhorns’ opponent in its first-round game in Omaha is UC Irvine, the school that eliminated Oklahoma State, winning back-to-back games in the Stillwater Regional.