Clemens' 2 home runs lift Texas past Oklahoma 8-4

Posted May 25, 2017

The distinct scent hot dogs and stale beer produce fills the air.

So the Mountaineers had to breathe a sigh of relief after Wednesday morning's Big 12 tournament opener.

That's not the case this year. He's 6-6 in the Big 12 tournament with the Mountaineers and was 4-6 in conference tournaments as the head coach at Charleston Southern and ECU.

West Virginia advanced to play Texas Tech or Oklahoma State on Thursday in the double-elimination tournament.

Led by conference coach of the year Steve Rodriguez, the Bears have the Big 12's second-best team batting average (.299) and fourth-best team ERA (4.13). The Red Raiders will face No. 8 seed Oklahoma State (26-25, 8-14 Big 12), while West Virginia (32-22, 12-12 Big 12) and Baylor (34-19, 12-12 Big 12) will enter as the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds, respectively. They might be the lowest RPI ranking of the four, but seem to have the best case when it comes to ranking the Big 12 squads. He underlined how many teams landed hosting honors from the No. 1 RPI conference the previous five seasons.

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"If I was in the ACC or the SEC, I would have already done that", he answered. No. 8 Oklahoma State - 12:30 p.m.

"The game plan was not to let them hit the ball but sometimes it happens and fly ball outs are outs so we'll take them", he said afterward, adding, "command the zone, throw strikes and get ahead in counts".

"I feel pretty good about where we're sitting right now", he said.

Padding the résumé with some victories over the next five days would help. All Sports Stadium at the fairgrounds hosted the first Big 12 baseball tourney. There won't be any bad losses in Oklahoma City this week.

Texas coach David Pierce had no intention of letting his team slip into the Big 12 Championship's losers' bracket.

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Backs against the wall, but sitting in a familiar ballpark and in a familiar dugout the Oklahoma State Cowboys came out fighting for their postseason lives and looked good doing it, especially on the mound and in the field as Blake Battenfield, Carson Teel, and closer Trey Cobb shut out top seed and 4th-ranked nationally Texas Tech 3-0 on the first day of the 2017 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Tournament.

The Big 12 has been disrespected by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee in recent years.

When he was an assistant at TCU for six seasons, the Horned Frogs won the Mountain West's tournament three times.

If the Sooners are on the road next week, Hughes knows why. The Mountaineers haven't been to a regional since 1996, but Mazey believes his team will be invited during the selection show Monday - if they don't earn the automatic bid that comes with winning the conference tournament. Where teams finish in the conference standings holds tremendous sway. 2015, SEC, four hosts.

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