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Texas baseball captures Big 12 title following wild final day of regular season

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As TCU headed into the bottom of the 9th against Kansas State holding a 8-4 lead, Texas was in cruise control against West Virginia in the 6th inning as the Longhorns held a 10-1 lead. It likely wasn't going to matter though, as the Horned Frogs were 3 outs away from clinching the outright Big 12 title and finishing a full game ahead of Texas in the standings. Everything changed though in a span of about 15 minutes. The Wildcats exploded against TCU's best reliever, Haylen Green, eventually ending the game on a 3-run walk-off home run by Chris Ceballos. The comeback win was met with a huge cheer at Disch-Falk Field and gave Texas the Big 12 title. Here are some thoughts and takeaways from a wild final day of the regular season:

  • While it was technically a "shared" Big 12 title with the Horned Frogs, the Longhorns were certainly treated as the winners of the conference. David Pierce and his team received a trophy following the run-rule victory over the Mountaineers and will be the #1 seed in the Big 12 tournament since Texas owned the tiebreaker over TCU. It is Pierce's 2nd conference title in his 5 years at the helm.
  • The conference title certainly puts the cherry on top of Texas' already impressive resume heading into postseason play. The Longhorns were pretty much a lock for a national seed regardless of what happened in Manhattan, but the Horned Frogs collapse should leave no doubt.
  • Texas will now head to OKC for the Big 12 tournament. Their first game will be Wednesday against the winner of the Kansas/West Virginia play-in game (4 PM CST on Big 12 Now). The tournament format is split up into two 4-team double elimination brackets, with the winners of each bracket meeting for the championship game (the championship game will be a single game, winner-take-all, regardless if one of the teams enter with no losses in the tournament). 
  • To be honest, the Longhorns do not have much to prove in OKC. While it would be nice to win some games, the main focus will be getting arms fresh and ready for the regional the following weekend. The 2018 Texas team that went to Omaha went 0-2 in OKC and it has been proven in the past that success in the conference tournament does not always translate to the NCAA tournament. 
  • This brings us to a few things that Texas will be looking to accomplish over the next week: 
  • If Texas hopes to go far in the NCAA tournament, 4th starter Kolby Kubichek will likely be needed at some point. Kubichek served as the Sunday starter for much of the season before giving way to Pete Hansen. David Pierce hinted last week that Kubichek would likely start game 1 of the conference tournament, and a strong performance from the right-hander will have the Texas coaching staff feeling really good heading into regional play.
  • This is the most exciting time of the year in college baseball. The Longhorns will be a top 5 overall seed next Monday when the field is announced and their road to Omaha will not require them to leave the friendly confines of Disch-Falk Field. 
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