OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The start of the Big 12 baseball tournament will be pushed back to Thursday following the massive and deadly tornado that leveled the suburb of Moore. The double-elimination format was scrapped in favor of three days of pool play, with winners of two four-team divisions squaring off in a championship game now slated for Sunday.

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The Big 12 baseball tournament in Oklahoma City was scheduled to begin Wednesday.

The tournament was scheduled to begin Wednesday with four games, including West Virginia (31-25) vs. Kansas (31-24). But Monday’s catastrophic storm led conference officials to consider options ranging from modifying the schedule to canceling the tournament.

Even as teams arrived Tuesday morning for workouts at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark — which sits about 10 miles from where an F4 tornado killed dozens the previous day — coaches and athletics directors were meeting onsite and via teleconference.

The revised format will place Kansas State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Baylor in one pool, opposite Oklahoma State, West Virginia, TCU and Kansas in the other. Each team will be guaranteed three games and the team with the best record in each pool will advance to the championship game.

In the case of a multiple-team tie, the higher-seeded team will advance.

The revised schedule (all start times Eastern):

Thursday

Pool 1

No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 5 Baylor, 10 a.m.

No. 1 K-State vs. No. 8 Texas Tech, 1:30 p.m.

Pool 2

No. 3 West Virginia vs. No. 6 Kansas, 5 p.m.

No. 2 Oklahoma State vs. No. 7 TCU, 8:30 p.m.

 

Friday

Pool 1

No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 8 Texas Tech, 10 a.m.

No. 1 K-State vs. No. 5 Baylor, 1:30 p.m.

Pool 2

No. 3 West Virginia vs. No. 7 TCU, 5 p.m.

No. 2 Oklahoma State vs. No. 6 Kansas, 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday

Pool 1

No. 5 Baylor vs. No. 8 Texas Tech, 10 a.m.

No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 K-State, 1:30 p.m.

Pool 2

No. 3 West Virginia vs. No. 2 Oklahoma State, 5 p.m.

No. 6 Kansas vs. No. 7 TCU, 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday

Championship: Winner Pool 1 vs. Winner Pool 2, 2 p.m.

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Comments

  • JB in Morgantown

    I'm okay with them playing. It will give some sense of normalcy to the area. The WVU team did a donation shopping trip. Go Mountaineers.

  • Lee

    A sporting event such as this can be used to help heal a community... especially with stories like the WVU baseball team giving aid and assistance

  • CaptainQ

    I have mixed feelings about this.

    On the one hand, a tragedy of THIS scale would be enough reason to cancel the tourney. On the other hand, the tourney could be played in HONOR of those who perished in Moore.

    Tough call for the Big 12 to make.

    • DWM

      I look at the positives for the area, probably a needed diversion from the difficulties they face and additional revenue for an area that may badly need it.

  • cutty77

    I'm very suprised that they are even playing it at this Time.