The Texas Longhorns prevailed by just one-half game over the Oklahoma Sooners, although Texas locked up the title during the previous week. UT's Sunday victory over the Aggies—a tight one-run affair—ultimately proved to be the difference in the race.
The '09 regular season had its share of surprises. Both Kansas State and Kansas figure to play in the NCAA Regionals next weekend, and those two clubs combined to go 5-0-1 against the Longhorns.
Texas will see both in this week's Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City.
While there were some fun surprises this season, there were some major disappointments.
Entering Big 12 play, the Oklahoma State Cowboys were ranked 11th in the nation and had swept Arizona on the road before splitting a pair of games against Cal State Fullerton.
Despite being one of the nation's more talented clubs, OSU failed to even qualify for the conference tournament, finishing with a 9-16 league record.
The Baylor Bears were just one-half game better than the Cowboys. After a win against that OSU club, Baylor stood at 25-11 and 10-6 in the league, ranked 12th in the country. The Bears appeared to be in contention for a top 8 national seed.
That would be Baylor's last conference win. They went on to drop their last 10 league games, many of them in blowout fashion.
Baylor plays the ‘Horns on Wednesday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. CST.
4. Kansas State
6. Texas A&M
7. Texas Tech
The Big 12 Tournament's round robin format means the eight clubs will be separated into two brackets. The 1, 4, 5 and 8 seeds will play each other on one side, while 2, 3, 6 and 7 go toe-to-toe on the other.
The Longhorns will play three games within their bracket. The team with the best record after those three games advances to Sunday's championship game. Each team gets one day off during the tournament, and Texas' is on Friday.
Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. CST
Texas: Cole Green, So., RHP (4-2, 2.85 ERA...72.2 IP, 64 H, 21 BB, 50 K)
Baylor: Logan Verrett, Fr., RHP (7-1, 4.50 ERA...52.0 IP, 67 H, 17 BB, 60 K)
Thursday, 3:00 p.m. CST
Texas: Chance Ruffin, So., RHP (8-2, 2.96 ERA...91.1 IP, 79 H, 19 BB, 85 K)
Kansas: T.J. Walz, So., RHP (8-1, 3.50 ERA...74.2 IP, 69 H, 27 BB, 80 K)
Saturday, 12:30 p.m. CST
Texas: Taylor Jungmann, Fr., RHP (6-3, 1.88 ERA...62.1 IP, 44 H, 24 BB, 73 K)
Kansas State: Todd Vogel, Sr., RHP (4-1, 5.20 ERA...45.0 IP, 49 H, 9 BB, 27 K)
During our season preview in February, we picked the conference rankings and All-Big 12 teams. Clearly it was a strange year for the Big 12. While we did predict Texas to win the conference, that was about the only projection that held up [Oklahoma State was third and Baylor fourth while K-State and Kansas placed ninth and tenth, respectively].
So, without further ado, let us present our postseason All-Big 12 team.
Player of the Year: J.T. Wise, Oklahoma
Pitcher of the Year: A.J. Morris, Kansas State
Coach of the Year: Brad Hill, Kansas State
Newcomer of the Year: Joe Patterson, Texas A&M
Freshman of the Year: Taylor Jungmann, Texas