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Final Big 12 baseball weekend will be critical

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will have a say in who wins the regular-season crown
by John Helsley Published: May 14, 2013

This Big 12 baseball regular season has been called many things.

Surprising, with newcomer West Virginia staying in the championship hunt after being pegged in the preseason — unanimously — for the basement.

Alarming, with perennial power Texas instead alone in last, without a single conference series win.

Disappointing, as the Big 12 overall has slipped from national prominence.

Soon, by late afternoon Sunday, this Big 12 season could take on another label: historic.

Kansas State sits on the doorstep of the regular-season championship, needing one win to clinch at least a tie for the conference title. The Wildcats would become the first team from Kansas to win a Big 12 championship.

Only Oklahoma, and perhaps Oklahoma State, stand in the 'Cats' way entering a final Big 12 weekend that has the league's top four teams involved in major series that will impact not only their conference finish, but their postseason potential.

The Sooners visit K-State, needing a series sweep to claim the championship for themselves. The Cowboys are at home to face West Virginia, which can claim a share of the title by sweeping OSU while the Wildcats go 1-2.

Under any scenario, the Lone Star State stranglehold on the Big 12 championship will end. In the history of the league, Nebraska is the only non-Texas school to finish atop the regular-season standings.

The Cowboys can't win the championship, yet can finish as high as second … or as low as seventh, in a worst-case scenario.

Clearly, there's much still to sort out.

“We need to take care of what we can take care of,” said OSU third baseman Robbie Rea.

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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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