OKLAHOMA CITY -- Texas A&M coach Rob Childress today joked Tuesday that the Aggies arrival for the Big 12 baseball tournament
in Oklahoma City -- had been slowed.
Childress says they "limped all the way" -- in reference to his team's six-game losing streak.
Despite that skid, the Aggies still won the league's regular-season title, but that won't necessarily be enough to land Texas A&M one of the coveted eight national number one seeds.
Four national polls have Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Nebraska
- which finished 1-2-3 in the Big 12 - ranked in the top ten.
Of the three top teams, Oklahoma State (40-15) will enter
tomorrow's tournament on the biggest roll.
After losing six of their first 10 league games, the Cowboys
went 14-2 thereafter and would have shared the title with Texas A&M
except for a loss to Oklahoma on Sunday, the final day of the
Oklahoma State won two of three games against Texas A&M and
Nebraska and also claimed series wins against Missouri, Texas and
Oklahoma State hasn't won a Big 12 tournament game since 2005.
Both Texas A&M (42-14) and Nebraska (39-12-1) ended the season
on the wrong end of sweeps - the Aggies falling at home to Texas,
with Nebraska dropping three straight at Missouri.
Childress, who was named today as the league's coach of the
year, said the season has been cyclical for Texas A&M.
The Aggies won 16 straight league games in one stretch before
dropping its last five.
Baylor coach Steve Smith said the Bears (31-24) likely need to
win the tournament to make the NCAA field. The same also is the
case for Kansas State (27-27) and Oklahoma (32-23-1), although the
Sooners might have a slim chance at receiving an at-large berth
with a strong showing in the tournament.
The tournament's round-robin format guarantees at least three
games for all eight teams, which are divided into two pools. One
pool includes Texas A&M, Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma, while the
other has Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Baylor and Kansas State.
The winners of the two pools will play Sunday for the title.
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