Big 12 Tournament News and Notes - Day 1

It seems unlikely that A&M will be able to win its second consecutive Big 12 tournament, but as the Aggies have seen before this season, anything can happen in this conference. Websider's Lanny Hayes takes a look at what is in store for day one of the tourney.

Today's Schedule

The sixth seeded Texas A&M baeball team will take the field at Bricktown Ballpark near 4 PM today. A&M will be the visiting team, while third seeded Missouri will take the home dugout. Kansas versus Kansas State (9 AM) and Texas versus Baylor (12:30 PM) will both finish before the Aggie game begins. In A&M's pool, Oklahoma will take on Texas Tech tonight at approximately 7:30 pm.

The Matchup

Texas A&M went 1-2 against the Tigers this year, dropping the first two games 3-2 and 6-2, before winning Sunday's finale 6-5. Missouri is slated to throw Kyle Gibson, who threw a complete game five-hitter and struck out 16 against the Aggies in that series opener. Gibson last threw this past Sunday, tossing a single inning of no-hit ball. A&M is scheduled to counter with Clayton Ehlert, who earned the win against Texas State last Tuesday night.

What's at Stake

Some believe that A&M is still fighting for a regional host spot, but most analysts and those close to the program do not believe that this is likely. If it's even a possibility, A&M absolutely must win their first two games - both against teams who are in the NCAA field and won the season series with A&M. The Aggies are also looking to win their second Big 12 tournament championship, which would serve well to add momentum heading into the NCAA tournament.

Easiest Path to the Title Game

The Big 12 began a round-robin system of tournament play in 2007, and the champion of each pool advances to the title game. Ties are broken first by head-to-head results, and then by seeding. A&M's easiest path would be to defeat both Missouri and Oklahoma, plus have Texas Tech lose both of their first two games. If this result occurred, A&M would clinch a championship game berth before Saturday's play begins. Should Missouri defeat the Aggies, any additional Tiger win would eliminate A&M from championship consideration.

All Big-12 Teams Announced

The Big 12 league office announced that three Aggies had earned first or second team All-Big 12 accolades. Brooks Raley (7-2, 3.09 ERA, 92 Ks) earned first team honors as a utility player, thanks to his dual-threat presence for the Ags, while Brodie Greene (.352-11-33) earned first team infielder honors. Joe Patterson (.364-10-43 in just 118 ABs) was named to the second team as a designated hitter. Luke Anders, Kyle Colligan, Kevin Gonzalez, Ross Hales, and Alex Wilson earned honorable mention status.




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