Big 12 weekend roundup

While the Aggies picked up a solid series win over Dallas Baptist this weekend, some teams in the Big 12 weren't so lucky. As teams continue to jockey for postseason positioning, Aggie Websider takes a look at the rest of the league.

Louisiana Lafayette at NebraskaAfter Friday's first game was rained out, Nebraska used an 8th and 14th inning rally to earn a Satuday doubleheader sweep of the Cajuns. The two 4-3 wins improve the Huskers to 36-8-1 and Monday RPI projections show them returning to the Top 8. Nebraska hosts A&M in a huge Big 12 series this weekend, with A&M leading the 2nd place Huskers by 2.5 games. Regardless of the future outcomes, Nebraska can finish no worse than 3rd in the league.

Utah Valley State at Oklahoma StateOSU was dominant in winning the first three contests against the bottom 50 RPI club, but a combination of OSU's inconsistent play and UVSU holding their Friday starter until Sunday kept the Cowboys from a four game sweep. While just playing the previously 8-25 Wolverines hurt OSU's RPI (and compelling national seed resume), the loss sent them into a freefall, with early Monday projections showing the Cowboys dropping from #5 (entering the weekend) all the way down a ranking between 10-12. The 35-12 Cowboys can earn back some RPI goodwill by beating Rice in Houston on Wednesday night, before hosting last place Texas Tech this weekend. At 14-7 in the league, OSU must win out and get some help from Nebraska against A&M to have a shot at the league crown, but are locked into no worse than a third place conference finish.

Oklahoma at KansasWith their Big 12 tournament qualification in peril, the Jayhawks busted out for 39 runs in a three-game sweep of the Sooners. At 29-20-1, the Sooners hopes of an at-large NCAA bid are all but finished and they sit one-half game out of qualifying for the league tournament at 6-14-1. Kansas improved their conference record to 8-13 and drastically improved their own chances at the league tourney, as they now sit in 7th place. The Jayhawks will need to win the conference tournament to make the NCAAs.

Kansas State at Missouri The Tigers returned to their winning ways against the Wildcats, but a late Sunday KSU rally kept Missouri from sweeping this series. The Tigers sit alone in 4th place in the league at 11-10, and their 31-16 overall record needs just a handful of wins to lock up an NCAA tournament bid. Kansas State is clinging to the eighth spot in the league at 7-14, and their 22-25 record demands that the ‘Cats win the Big 12 tournament crown to see further postseason action.

Texas vs BaylorThe Longhorns used great starting pitching from Chance Ruffian and Ken Kasparek to win the sandwich games of the weekend series, while Baylor earned the middle game in Austin . Both teams find themselves in some peril with the NCAA selection committee, even after the weekend results. At 29-19 and 12-12 in the league, the Longhorns are in the tournament if it all ended today, but have a pair of contests vs lowly Alabama A&M which will not help their RPI, plus the final weekend series with A&M that could cement their positive regional status. The Bears have no such luck, and at 28-22 (10-14), the Bears desperately need to sweep Texas Tech and their mid-week games, plus get some wins in Oklahoma City to go back to the regionals.

If it all ended today – Big 12 tournament seeds and divisions –

Division I – 1. Texas A&M, 4. Missouri , 5. Texas , 8. Kansas State

Division II – 2. Nebraska , 3. Oklahoma State , 6. Baylor, 7. Kansas




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