(Photo Courtesy of West Virginia Athletics)
Heading into the Big 12 Championship, The Big 12 has more than likely 3 confirmed regional seeds in Texas, TCU, and Texas Tech. Amongst those Texas is the only team that has truly solidified its place as a National Seed, while they are guaranteed a national seed they are aiming to be in the top 4 to ensure a good matchup in the super regionals.
No. 2 Texas Baseball dropped its opener in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, 5-1, to West Virginia on Wednesday at Bricktown Ballpark.
Ty Madden pitched 6.2 innings and allowed three runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out five batters but took the loss in the game.
Hudson Byorick put West Virginia into a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the top of the second inning. The Mountaineers made it 3-0 in the fifth with a sacrifice fly by Tyler Doanes to right field to score Alec Burns, and Kevin Brophy would then score on a wild pitch by Ty Madden.
Texas got a run on the board in the sixth inning when Eric Kennedy hit an opposite field solo homer to left field. The solo shot was one of six hits by the Longhorns in the game.
Cole Quintanilla was called on out of the bullpen in the seventh and got the Longhorns out of a jam. Tanner Witt did the same in the eighth, getting a pair of strikeouts to end a jam.
Texas had a great scoring opportunity in the seventh, loading the bases with two outs but the Longhorns were unable to scratch out a run.
Brophy was able to seal the game from there, hitting a triple in the ninth inning to score Burns once again, before scoring on his second wild pitch of the game, this time from Texas pitcher Tanner Witt.
The Mountaineers will play the winner of Oklahoma State and Oklahoma at 7:30 p.m.