Notes from the Big 12 Tournament, which opened Wednesday with four games and runs through Sunday at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.


Notes from the Big 12 Tournament, which opened Wednesday with four games and runs through Sunday at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.
There wasn’t any real reason for Oklahoma to fret when it trailed Texas Tech 2-0 in the fourth inning of its tournament opener.
The Sooners, in their first 56 games, hadn’t been shut out. Only three times had OU been limited to one run — in setbacks to Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
So it wasn’t surprising when OU established a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning en route to a 5-2 victory over the Red Raiders. The Sooners brought their record to 33-0 when leading after five innings.
Oklahoma, the tourney’s second seed behind Texas, is 15-8 when opponents score first. The Sooners are 20-2 when scoring five-plus runs and 28-13 against right-handed starters.
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Of Oklahoma’s 36-player roster, only eight are native Oklahomans. Just one Sooner Stater, Chris Ellison of Norman North, started Wednesday night. There are six other Oklahomans — two apiece from Missouri, Kansas and Texas A&M — playing in the tourney.
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Should Oklahoma capture the Big 12 Tournament crown, it will likely be a dead-pipe cinch to host a regional tournament. Should OU emerge as a regional champion, it would certainly be a prime candidate to entertain a Super Regional.
Regional tournaments will be formatted two ways. Some of the regionals will be run from Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, while the remainder will be scheduled from Saturday, May 31 through Monday, June 2.
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Go figure. Entering the tournament, Baylor had lost 10 consecutive conference games, including decisions of 12-4, 19-11 and 3-1 to Texas. The Bears then knocked off Texas 14-9 in the tourney’s first round.
Texas then did an about-face. After failing to defeat Kansas during the regular conference season, the Longhorns upended the Jayhawks 9-3 Thursday.
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Oklahoma will continue pool play tonight at 7:30 against Texas A&M, the tournament’s No. 6 seed. The Sooners swept the Aggies in the final regular-season series at Norman. On Saturday, Oklahoma will conclude pool play at 4 p.m. against Missouri. Oklahoma went 2-1 against Missouri in the regular season.
The tourney championship game is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday.
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Entering the tournament, Oklahoma was ranked 11th in USA Today/ESPN Top 25 and Baseball America Top 25. The Sooners were ranked 10th in Collegiate Baseball.