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Big 12 Championship: May 23rd Preview & Open Thread

It’s day 1 of the Big 12 Championship.

Details

Dates: Thursday, May 23rd
Location: Bricktown Ballpark | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Game Notes: Preview | PDF
TV/Stream: FCS
Radio/Stream: Broadcast Affiliates
Live Stats: SideArm Stats

Schedule

Wednesday, May 23
Session One
Game 1: No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 5 Baylor – 9:00 a.m. (FCS)
Game 2: No. 1 Texas vs. No. 8 Kansas – 12:30 p.m. (FCS)

Session Two
Game 3: No. 2 Oklahoma State vs. No. 7 West Virginia – 4:00 p.m. (FCS)
Game 4: No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 6 TCU – 7:30 p.m. (FCS)

You can find the Big 12 Championship Bracket right there (it’s a PDF). Texas Tech is in session two, so they’ll be grouped with those three other teams, Oklahoma State, West Virginia and TCU. This is essentially a double-elimination tournament, so if you lose, you’ve got a chance to get back in it.

News, News, News, News

As you’ll note, from looking at the game notes, there is no starting pitcher listed for Texas Tech and it doesn’t surprise me that Tadlock wants to keep things close to the vest for the time being.

The Big 12 announced their 2018 All-Big 12 Baseball Awards and let’s get to the good stuff first. Gabe Holt was named as the Freshman of the Year. Josh Jung, Gabe Holt, Grant Little, Zach Rheams and Caleb Kilian were all named to the first team, while there were no second team players and no honorable mention. Texas’ Kody Clemens was named the Player of the Year and I think that a very good argument could be made that both Grant Little and Josh Jung were better than Clemens. Don’t get me wrong, Clemens had a very good year, his biggest advantage was slugging percentage and had 19 home runs, but Jung was probably more dominant overall and with 8 less home runs was only 30 points less in slugging percentage than Clemens (.703 to .671). Jung had a better average, .389 to .344, and better on-base percentage, .488 to .437, by decent margins. And if you are curious about Grant Little, he hit .374 for average, had an on-base percentage of .473, and had a slugging percentage of .682.

NewsOK’s Ryan Aber got some quotes from Big 12 coaches on what recently deceased former Texas head coach Augie Garrido meant to them:

Tim Tadlock, Texas Tech coach

“I didn’t coach the spring of 2006. I was unemployed and I threw the tent in the back of the pickup truck and went and visited about 15 schools. … He didn’t know who I was but I went up to him after one of their practices and he kind of took me under his wing and sat in his office and talked baseball for a couple hours. For him to do that for a kid that he didn’t know much about, he always had a special place in my heart.”

Also from NewsOK’s Ryan Aber and Nathan Ruiz take a look at each of the Big 12 teams.

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