Big 12 newcomer West Virginia, picked last in the preseason baseball coaches poll, is the No. 3 seed in the league tournament, which begins Wednesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. The Mountaineers (31-25, 13-11) open with sixth-seeded Kansas (31-22, 12-12) at 5 p.m. in the first game of Wednesday's second session. WVU swept the Jayhawks in a three-game series in Beckley last month.
The Mountaineers concluded their regular season Saturday with a 5-4 win at Oklahoma State. The victory snapped a five-game losing skid for WVU, which briefly shared the Big 12 lead two weeks ago.
Big 12 regular season champion Kansas State is the tournament's top overall seed for the first time. The Wildcats open with No. 8 Texas Tech on Wednesday. The No. 2 seed is Oklahoma State, which plays TCU in Wednesday's final game of the day.
No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Baylor will get play started Wednesday at 10 a.m.
The Championship is played under a two-division, doubleelimination format. The eight teams with the best league records (based on winning percentage) in regular season competition qualify for the event and are divided into two division with seeds 1, 4, 5 and 8 in division one and seeds 2, 3, 6 and 7 in division two. There is no cross-division play until two teams reach the championship game on Sunday.
FOX Sports Media Group is televising the entire championship to a national audience for the first time. FOX Sports Networks (FSN) will televise the championship final. All games leading up to the final will air on FOX College Sports (FCS).
The winner of the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship earns the league's automatic bid into the 2013 Division I NCAA Baseball Championship. The Road to Omaha Selection Show will air on Monday, May 27 at noon on ESPNU.
Single-session tickets will be available on Monday, May 20. All-session tickets are available from $87 for terrace reserved to $117 for box seating to $202 for club-level seats. A limited number of weekend passes are also available starting at $67. Allsession tickets include all games, including the if-necessary games, totaling 15 games. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Oklahoma City RedHawks Box Office at (405) 218-1000 or by visiting Big12Sports.com The postseason crown has been won by seven different league squads. Past postseason champions include Kansas (2006), Missouri (2012), Nebraska (1999-2001, '05), Oklahoma (1997), Oklahoma State (2004), Texas (2002, '03, '08'09), Texas A&M (2007, '10-11) and Texas Tech (1998).