MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Turns out the Big 12 baseball coaches who puffed their chests over being the No. 2-rated RPI conference were selling themselves short.

No league was so dominant during the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament, where the Big 12 advanced four teams to the super regionals. With Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech moving on, the league landed a quarter of the Sweet 16. The SEC and ACC advanced only two teams, and the Pac-12 has only one team standing.

Texas Tech, one of the nation’s top home teams, carried its magic on the road by twice stunning Miami in Coral Gables.

Texas beat regional host Rice and, even more satisfyingly, took two of three from Texas A&M.

Oklahoma State won its Stillwater regional by holding off Cal State Fullerton, and TCU held serve in Fort Worth, though it needed a 22-inning win over Sam Houston State to do so. That marked the second-longest game in NCAA tournament history.

The only Big 12 team that didn’t survive the weekend was Kansas, which finished third the Louisville regional.

West Virginia, of course, narrowly missed the field of 64. Here’s a look at how the Mountaineers fared this season against teams headed to the super regionals:

Date Opponent Final
Feb. 14
vs. Louisville
L, 7-6 (10)
April 4
at TCU L, 4-3
April 5
at TCU L, 8-0
April 6
at TCU L, 3-1
April 11
vs. Okla State L, 6-0
April 12
vs. Okla State L, 9-2
April 13
vs. Okla State L, 4-7
April 22
vs. Maryland W, 14-2
May 2
vs. Texas W, 5-3
May 3 vs. Texas L, 2-0
May 4
vs. Texas W, 12-6
May 13
at Maryland L, 4-2
May 16
at Texas Tech L, 4-3 (11)
May 17
at Texas Tech L, 3-2
May 18
at Texas Tech L, 4-0

 

Thanks to a spate of upsets, the super regionals lineup finds all four Big 12 teams hosting: Texas vs. Houston, TCU welcoming Pepperdine, Oklahoma State vs. UC-Irvine and Texas Tech against College of Charleston.

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Comments

  • Rick55

    Good story, Allan. Interesting to hear about post- season conference performances.
    What it tells me is that we went down to some real good teams. The TCU and OKState and TT sweeps are largely the source of our frustrations, yet these are all among the last sixteen teams in the country still standing. We beat some really good teams too.
    I agree, Ron, that the final game was an inexcusable disaster.

  • Ron - from Morgantown

    3 and 12 ? 1-9 down the stretch . Horrible loss to Baylor to end the season . That won't get you in any tournament . Truth be told the committee really wanted to invite WV but the collapse was too much to overcome . Who is responsible for the collapse ? Why didn't we play well against the top teams on our schedule ? I noticed in 9 of the games above we scored 2 runs or less . To Mazey's defense we played way too many games on the road . Maybe we put too much emphasis on the Texas series at home . I just know that new ball park will be amazing - weather permitting .

  • rekterx

    Thanks for this piece.

    We won 3 of 15 against these teams. What would have been our rpi if we had gone just 7-8 against these guys?

    We're knockin' on the door. We'll get in.

    • Dave

      What's happened to Metro News Sports? Lots of good stories out there. I agree it's good to see this story make the website news. The BIG12 is a very tough baseball conference. I really thought the Mountaineers were a lock to make the tournament untill they had the unfortunate meltdown at the end. We have a great Coach and a new baseball field next year. I'm hoping for big things to happen. It kind of depends on how many guys come back. Several could get drafted.

      • Ron - from Morgantown

        Its June . What do you want them to cover ? Actually I like the fringe/gossip stuff but this site ( rightfully so ) only deals with the facts .

        • FNP

          This site has lost its mojo

          • Ron from Morgantown

            I like the Sunday night show but the weekly show ( M-F) needs to up their game. More stuff less fluff .

          • Ron from Morgantown

            Ditto Sportsline