Big 12 Baseball Tournament Seeding Scenarios 2024: Exploring Team Standings, Potential Matchups, and Tournament Predictions

From left to right: Oklahoma State
From left to right: Oklahoma State's Nolan Schubart and Oklahoma's Bryce Madron

The Big 12 Baseball Tournament is just two days away, and 10 teams survived the grueling regular-season competition to qualify. They will now compete for an automatic bid in the college baseball tournament.

The teams who made the Big 12 Tournament are Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Kansas State, Kansas, UCF, TCU and Texas Tech. The top two seeds — Oklahoma and Oklahoma State — secured a bye in the first round and are scheduled to play on the second day.

Unlike the previous seasons where a double-elimination format is being followed until the championship rounds, the games will be played in a win-or-go-home style beginning in the semifinals on Friday.

Games will pit a team that's unbeaten during the tournament against a team with one loss. The winners of the semifinal matchups, regardless of the win-loss record, will advance to the final.

Let's take a look at the teams that are in contention for the Big 12 Tournament.

Big 12 Baseball Tournament 2024 Seeding Scenarios

Bryce Madron led Oklahoma in home runs this season with 11 homers.
Bryce Madron led Oklahoma in home runs this season with 11 homers.

Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma (34-18) secured the top seed in the Big 12 Tournament due to their 23-7 conference record. The Sooners' rampage this season is attributed to their amazing offense, averaging 8.5 runs per game.

The trio of Easton Carmichael, Michael Snyder, Bryce Madron are leading the offensive attack for Oklahoma, as they combined for 27 home runs and 160 runs batted in.

Regular starters Kyson Witherspoon and Braden Davis combined for 15 wins and 146.2 innings during the season.

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Oklahoma State (36-16) claimed the second seed in the tournament, as they went 19-9 in the conference.

Nolan Schubart and Carson Benge are the main offensive weapons for the Cowboys this season, with 17 and 15 homers, respectively, while combining for 110 RBIs. Colin Brueggerman and Zach Ehrhard are the other big producers for the team with 14 and 11 HRs, respectively.

Starting pitchers Sam Garcia and Brian Holiday lead the pitching rotation with a combined 11-6 record and 213 strikeouts during the season. Holiday leads the team in innings pitched with 95.1 IPs.

Texas Longhorns

Texas (35-20) placed third in the conference with a 20-10 record and they have done so by averaging 7.29 runs and surrendering 5.36.

The Longhorns offense is balanced all season long with Jalin Flores, Max Belyeu, Jared Thomas and Will Gasparino smacking at least 12 HRs. The quartet have combined for 186 of the team's 377 RBIs this season.

In terms of pitching, Max Grubbs, Ace Whitehead and Lebarron Johnson Jr have combined for 33 starts, winning 12. Johnson leads the team in strikeouts with 75.

West Virginia Mountaineers

West Virginia (33-20) came in fourth with a 19-11 conference mark, and they made it through the tournament, thanks to a balanced lineup that had five batters hitting at least 35 RBIs.

Reed Chumley leads the team in home runs and RBIs with 15 and 45, respectively. Derek Clark leads the pitching corps with a 7-2 record and 3.05 ERA in 79 2/3 innings.

Cincinnati Bearcats

Cincinnati (31-23) finished fifth with a 17-13 record in the regular season.

The trio of Josh Kross, Tommy O'Connor and Kerrington Cross have carried the team's offense this year, combining for 41 homers and 158 RBIs.

Pitcher Nathan Taylor has led the team in wins with an 8-2 record, despite recording an ERA of 5.45 this season. Relief pitcher Christian Mitchelle has been excellent down the stretch with six saves.

Kansas State Wildcats

Kansas State (31-22) ranked sixth in the Big 12 with a 15-15 record, and they did it without anyone recording at least 10 home runs. Kaelen Culpepper, Chuck Ingram and Raphael Pelletier have smacked nine homers each.

Brady Day and Culpepper have slugged 51 and 47 RBIs, respectively. Owen Boerema led the team in wins with a 5-3 record and 5.01 ERA. Jackson Wentworth led the team in saves with six.

Kansas Jayhawks

Kansas (29-21) placed seventh in the conference with a 15-15 mark. Jake English led the team in home runs with 13, and Ben Hartl was the other player in double-figure homers with 10.

English had 47 RBIs to lead the team while Kodey Shojinaga and Collier Cranford have slugged 43 and 42 RBIs, respectively. Dominic Voegele led the team in pitching with a 7-2 record and 3.32 ERA. Reese Dutton had a 7-4 mark and 3.59 ERA.

UCF Knights

UCF (33-18) came in eighth in the conference with a 14-15 record. Jack Zyska spearheaded the squad's offense with 10 HRs and 43 RBIs. Lex Boedicker is second in RBIs with 41.

Relievers Kyle Kramer and Dominic Castellano led the team in wins with seven and five, respectively. Chase Centala is the best reliever with seven saves.

TCU Horned Frogs

TCU (31-19) finished ninth in Big 12 with a 14-16 conference mark. Kurtis Byrne (37), Karson Bowen (34) and Anthony Silva (33) have smacked at least 30 RBIs this season.

Silva leads the team in stolen bases with 12, while Luke Boyers and Peyton Chatagnier had 11 SBs each. Peyton Tolle leads the pitching crew with a 7-3 win-loss record and 2.96 ERA. Tolle has 116 strikeouts in 76 innings.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

Texas Tech (31-24) ended up getting the final Big 12 ticket with a 12-17 mark. They are coming into the tournament with an eight-game losing skid.

Cade McGee and Gavin Kash led the Red Raiders in home runs with 14 round-trippers each. At least six Texas Tech players recorded at least 42 RBIs, and they would be needing this in the tournament to take the Big 12 Tournament title.

Pitcher Kyle Robinson has appeared in 14 games and started all of them. He has a record of 4-7 with a 4.97 ERA.

The Big 12 Baseball Tournament begins on Tuesday at 10 am ET with No. 6 seed Kansas State facing seventh-ranked Kansas. Next is the showdown between No. 4 seed West Virginia and No. 9-ranked TCU at 1:30pm ET.

No. 5 seed Cincinnati plays No. 8-ranked UCF at 5pm ET while No. 3-ranked Texas and 10th-seed Texas Tech face each other at 8:30pm ET. All games are covered by Big 12 Now on ESPN+. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will play on Wednesday.

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