Where: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City, Ok.
When: Wednesday, May 25th, 7:30 P.M.
Where to watch: Fox Sports Southwest
Oklahoma State begins their run at a Big 12 Championship tonight against the Texas Longhorns. The 7-seed Longhorns have had a disappointing season by their standards, posting a 22-30 record on the season, and a 10-14 conference record.
Oklahoma State comes in as the 2-seed in the tournament, and is the top seed in the division 2 bracket. The Cowboys posted a 35-18 record, coupled with a 16-8 conference record. Check out the full tournament bracket here:
Big 12 Conference Tournament Bracket pic.twitter.com/d98RAxPTGP— #RoadToOmaha (@RoadToOmaha_) May 24, 2016
As a team, the Longhorns are batting .261 on the season, which could be an advantage for the Pokes. OSU has relied on quality pitching over the course of the season with a league-best 3.19 team ERA. It's important that the pitching shows up for the Cowboys throughout the tournament, as the Cowboys come in with a league-worst team batting average of .259. If OSU is going to make a run at the tournament championship, and Omaha, it's going to be on the back of the defense.
The Longhorns may have caught a break, however. They won't be facing Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, Thomas Hatch. Instead, they'll see Trey Cobb on the mound for the Pokes. Cobb brings along a 4-7 record with a 3.39 ERA. While his record isn't flashy, Cobb has struck out 80 batters this year, only to be outdone by Thomas Hatch and his 83 strikeouts.
Expect this to be a defensive battle, as neither team brings much offensive firepower to the table. In the end, I expect Oklahoma State to do just enough on offense to top the wobbling Longhorns.
Prediction: OSU 5, Texas 3