BEVO BEAT

Big 12 baseball tourney: UT will start Schiraldi

Posted May 21st, 2014

Advertisement

UPDATE: 5 p.m. — Are you up for some late-night baseball, Longhorn fans?

Texas’ opener today in the Big 12 tournament against Texas Tech probably won’t start before 8:15 p.m. It is being televised by Fox Sports Plus and the Fox College Sports network.

There are four games stacked up today, with No. 5 seed Texas vs. No. 4 seed Tech the last one, and the first two ran late.

Advertisement

No. 6 seed West Virginia beat No. 3 seed Kansas 10-9 in the day’s first game, a slugfest that included 29 hits and plenty of pitching changes.

Then No. 2 seed TCU built an 8-0 early lead on No. 7 Baylor before hanging on for an 8-5 victory that also ran a bit late.

That backed up the start time for No. 1 Oklahoma State vs. No. 8 Oklahoma from 4 p.m. until 4:50 p.m.

Texas vs. Tech was originally scheduled to start at 7:30.

West Virginia’s win was significant because the Mountaineers are an NCAA bubble team and need all the qualities victories they can get in the double-elimination tournament.

The Mountaineers will now take on the Horned Frogs on Thursday afternoon in a winners bracket game. Kansas will play Baylor on Thursday morning in an elimination game.

Texas is holding back its top pitchers tonight, instead starting Lukas Schiraldi (6-3, 4.39), the former St. Michael’s standout. Tech is going with Corey Taylor (5-2, 1.79). Both teams are considered locks for the NCAA tournament. Invitations go out Monday.

EARLIER UPDATES:

It looks like the Longhorns will have a long wait before the first pitch of their Big 12 tournament opener today against Texas Tech in Oklahoma City.

On a day stacked with four games, No. 5-seededd Texas vs. No. 4 Tech is the last one up, scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start. But already the first game went a half-hour long, with West Virginia nipping Kansas 10-9 in a slugfest that included 29 hits.

So the earliest the Longhorns will start is probably 8 p.m. — and it could get later, depending on how the rest of the day goes.

No. 2 seed TCU plays No. 7 Baylor in the next game, scheduled for 12:30 but now backed up to 1 p.m.

No. 1 seed Oklahoma State faces No. 8 Oklahoma at 4 p.m., now likely 4:30 to 5 p.m.

West Virginia’s victory was significant. The sixth-seeded Mountaineers are an NCAA bubble team, so a win over a quality opponent like the third-seeded Jayhawks helps their resume.

The double-elimination Big 12 tournament runs through Sunday. NCAA bids go out Monday.

The Texas game will be televised by the Fox College Sports network and broadcast on radio by KVET-AM (1300).

News on Bevo Beat is free and unlimited. Access to the rest of Hookem.com is included with an Austin American-Statesman subscription in addition to Statesman.com and the ePaper edition. Subscribe today at statesman.com/subscribe.

Comments