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Six Big 12 Baseball Programs Selected To NCAA Championship


IRVING, Tex. – Six Big 12 programs were selected to compete in the 2023 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. It is the highest number of selections for the Conference since 2017 and the 66.7% of schools selected are the second-most among all conferences.

No. 11 Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech and West Virginia were selected to the field of 64. Regional play begins Friday, June 2 in a double-elimination format. This marks the 20th time in 26 seasons that the Big 12 has at least five teams participating in regionals.

TCU (37-22) earned the Conference’s automatic bid after winning the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship and takes its six-game win streak to Fayetteville (Ark.). The Horned Frogs take on regional 3-seed Arizona at 8 p.m. Friday on ESPNU, with its second game against Arkansas or Santa Clara.

Oklahoma (31-26) is back in the field of 64 after reaching the National Championship series in Omaha a season ago. The Sooners head to the Charlottesville (Va.) Regional, where a matchup with East Carolina awaits (6 p.m. Friday, ESPN2). Virginia and Army West Point complete the Charlottesville Region.

Oklahoma State (41-18) hosts a regional for the second consecutive year, as the Cowboys earned the No. 11 national seed after sharing the Big 12 regular season title. O’Brate Stadium hosts No. 2 seed Dallas Baptist, No. 3 seed Washington and No. 4 seed Oral Roberts. OSU, who has the third-longest active streak with 10 consecutive regional selections, opens with Oral Roberts at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Texas (38-20) faces Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday at 1 p.m. on Longhorn Network, as the Big 12 regular season co-champions look for a third consecutive trip to the College World Series. The Longhorns, making their 62nd overall NCAA Tournament appearance, are the No. 2 seed in the Coral Gables (Fla.) Regional, paired with Miami (Fla.) and Maine.

Texas Tech (39-21) was picked for the Gainesville (Fla.) Regional, where it will open against Connecticut (11 a.m. Friday, ESPNU). It is the seventh consecutive at-large selection for the Red Raiders, who will contend with Florida and Florida A&M while in Gainesville.

West Virginia (39-18) returns to NCAA play for the first time since 2019 at the Lexington (Ky.) Regional. The Mountaineers, who nabbed a share of the Big 12 regular season title for the first time in program history, open with Indiana at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, with the winner set to face the winner of Kentucky and Ball State.

Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced on, Tuesday, June 6 at 9 a.m. CT. The Men’s College World Series begins play Friday, June 16, at Charles Schwab Field Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska.

Friday, June 2
Gainesville Regional hosted by No. 2 Florida – plays winner of Columbia Regional
#2 UConn (43-15) vs. #3 Texas Tech (39-21), 11 a.m. CT, ESPNU
#1 Florida (44-14) vs. #4 Florida A&M (29-28), 4:30 p.m. CT, ESPN+

Fayetteville Regional hosted by No. 3 Arkansas – plays winner of Terre Haute Regional
#1 Arkansas (41-16) vs. #4 Santa Clara (35-18), 2 p.m. CT, ESPN+
#2 TCU (37-22) vs. #3 Arizona (33-24), 8 p.m. CT, ESPNU

Charlottesville Regional hosted by No. 7 Virginia – plays winner of Conway Regional
#1 Virginia (45-12) vs. #4 Army West Point (38-16), 11 a.m. CT, ESPN+
#2 East Carolina (45-17) vs. #3 Oklahoma (31-26), 6 p.m. CT, ESPN2

Coral Gables Regional hosted by No. 9 Miami – plays winner of Stanford Regional
#2 Texas (38-20) vs. #3 Louisiana-Lafayette (40-22), 1 p.m. CT, LHN
#1 Miami (Fla.) (40-19) vs. #4 Maine (32-19), 6 p.m. CT, ESPN+

Stillwater Regional hosted by No. 11 Oklahoma State – plays winner of Nashville Regional
#2 DBU (45-14) vs. #3 Washington (34-18), 12 p.m. CT, ESPN+
#1 Oklahoma St. (41-18) vs. #4 Oral Roberts (46-11), 6 p.m. CT, ESPN+

Lexington Regional hosted by No. 12 Kentucky – plays winner of Baton Rouge Regional
#1 Kentucky (36-18) vs. #4 Ball St. (36-21), Noon ET/11 a.m. CT, SECN
#2 West Virginia (39-18) vs. #3 Indiana (41-18), 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT, ESPN+