OKLAHOMA CITY — In the wake of this week’s devastating storm in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, the Big 12 has postponed the start of the league baseball tournament.
The championship, originally set to begin today at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in double-elimination format will now begin on Thursday and will utilize a pool-play format.
Top-seeed Kansas State will open the tournament on Thursday against No. 8-seed Texas Tech at 12:30 p.m.
“We debated canceling the tournament in deference to the devastating tragedy in Moore, but were encouraged by Oklahoma City leaders and the Oklahoma City All-Sports Association to go forward,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a release.
“We believe the tournament can serve as a testament to the strong Oklahoma spirit and to the resiliency of the Oklahoma people.”
K-State will now be guaranteed three games in pool play. Following Thursday’s game, the Wildcats will play No. 5-seed Baylor on Friday and No. 4-seed Oklahoma on Saturday — both games beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The winner of each pool will be in the championship on Sunday at 1 p.m.
“We are very appreciative of the consideration by the participating teams and the Big 12 Conference,” Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said. “We encouraged and supported the decision to play the championship in a format comfortable to the Big 12.”
Every game from the Big 12 Championship will be televised to a national audience on Fox College Sports, except for Sunday’s title game that will be shown on FSN.
All K-State postseason game will be aired on the K-State Sports Network and can be heard online for free at http://www.k-statesports.com.