WVU prepping for Big 12 tourney

MORGANTOWN — The No. 17-ranked West Virginia University baseball team has earned the No. 4 seed in the 2019 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship and will begin postseason play against fifth-seeded Kansas in the opening round at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

The annual event will once again be held at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark from May 22-26. Every game will be broadcast on FOX College Sports, with the exception of Sunday’s championship game, which will be televised on FOX Sports Networks.

The Mountaineers open postseason play with a 34-18 record and a 13-11 mark in the Big 12, tied for their best league record since joining the conference prior to the 2013 season, and WVU’s fourth-place finish is tied for its second-highest. The Mountaineers have advanced to the Big 12 Championship semifinals in each of the last three seasons, with a championship game appearance in 2016.

The winner of Wednesday’s WVU-KU game will play the winner between No. 1 Texas Tech (36-15, 16-8), the regular-season champions, and No. 8 Kansas State (25-31, 8-16) at 5 p.m. Thursday. In the double-elimination tournament, the losers of the two games on Wednesday will face off at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

On the other side of the bracket on Wednesday, No. 2 Baylor (33-15, 14-8) faces No. 7 Oklahoma (33-21, 11-13) at 5 p.m. ET, while No. 3 Oklahoma State (32-17, 14-9) meets No. 6 TCU (29-24, 11-13) in the nightcap, at 8:30 p.m.

Big 12 Conference tourney pairings

Wednesday-Saturday’s games

Game 1: No. 4 West Virginia vs. No. 5 Kansas, 10 a.m.

Game 2: No. 1 Texas Tech vs. No. 8 Kansas State, 1:30 p.m.

Game 3: No. Baylor vs. No. 7 Oklahoma, 5 p.m.

Game 4: No. 3 Oklahoma State vs. No. 6 TCU, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday

Game 5: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser, 10 a.m.

Game 6: Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Loser, 1:30 p.m.

Game 7: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 5 p.m.

Game 8: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, 8:30 p.m.

Friday

Game 9: Game 7 Loser vs. Game 5 Winner – 4:15 p.m.

Game 10: Game 8 Loser vs. Game 6 Winner – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday

Game 11: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner , 10 a.m.

Game 12: Game 8 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 1:30 p.m.

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