Big 12 baseball: Big 12 donates $200,000 to tornado relief

by Ryan Aber and John Helsley and Anthony Slater Published: May 22, 2013
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Big 12 officials are looking into possible alternative sites at area colleges and junior colleges, should the need arise to move some games and get back on schedule.

TWEAKED PITCHING ROTATIONS

The tournament's altered format allows coaches an opportunity to alter their strategies and pitching rotations.

West Virginia, for instance, will throw ace and Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Harrison Musgrave on Friday instead of Thursday, no longer worried about the potential of a drop into the loser's bracket.

It gives Musgrave an extra day of rest and a matchup with a TCU team he already beat earlier this season, the only win WVU had in a three-game series against the Horned Frogs.

Across the board, coaches and mix and match pitchers to teams in their pool, now knowing they're scheduled for three games.

TOURNAMENT NEWCOMERS

For TCU and West Virginia, this year marks their first appearance in the Big 12 Tournament.

TCU has been excellent of late in conference tournaments, winning six titles in the last nine years.

The Horned Frogs have also done it at several different places, winning tournaments at Houston, Southern Miss, UNLV (twice), TCU and San Diego State.

West Virginia hasn't fared as well. The Mountaineers haven't won a conference tournament since 1996 and haven't won their first game in one since 2006.

by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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