Three weeks ago Oklahoma's chances of playing the Big 12 Baseball Tournament at the Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City looked bleak. But Sunday in Columbia, the Sooners' improbable comeback had a happy ending.
With their backs against the wall needing a win in the final regular season game, junior lefthander Buddy Blair delivered for the Sooners. Blair pitched eight shutout innings as the Sooners clinched the No. 7 seed in this weeks Big 12 Tournament with a 7-0 win over Missouri.
The Sooners finished the 2003 season at 22-29 overall and 10-17 in Big 12 play. They will play second-seeded Texas A&M in the opening round of the conference tournament on Wednesday at 1 p.m. See below for the complete pairings.
2003 PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 CONFERENCE BASEBALL TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS
Tentative schedule * (45-minute minimum between games - all times CDT)
Wed., May 21
Game 1: #3 Texas (38-16) vs. #6 Oklahoma State (32-22 prior to May 19), 10 a.m.
Game 2: #2 Texas A&M (41-15) vs. #7 Oklahoma (22-29), 1 p.m.
Game 3: #4 Missouri (34-18) vs. #5 Baylor (37-19), 5 p.m.
Game 4: #1 Nebraska (42-14) vs. #8 Kansas (35-26), 8 p.m.
Thu., May 22
Game 5: Losers Games 1 and 2, 10 a.m.
Game 6: Losers Games 3 and 4, 1 p.m.
Game 7: Winners Games 1 and 2, 5 p.m.
Game 8: Winners Games 3 and 4, 8 p.m.
Fri., May 23
Game 9: Opponents TBD, 4 p.m.
Game 10: Opponents TBD, 7 p.m.
Sat., May 24
Game 11: Opponents TBD, 10 a.m. (Fox Sports Net)
Game 12: Opponents TBD, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
Game 13: (If necessary), 5 p.m.
Game 14: (If necessary), 7 or 8 p.m.
Sun., May 25
Game 13, 14 or 15: Tournament championship, 1 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
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