2016 Big 12 Tournament Bracket - Division 1
Game Day Vitals
- #4 West Virginia Mountaineers (33-21, 12-11, 1-0) vs. #1 Texas Tech Red Raiders (41-14, 19-5, 1-0)
- Location: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- West Virginia went 1-2 against the Red Raiders this year. All three games were played in Lubbock, Texas.
- Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016 5 PM Eastern / 4 PM Central
- Live Streaming: FoxSports Go & Big12Sports.com
- Radio Affiliates: WVUSports.com Powered by leanStream
The Mountaineers finished off the 2016 Big 12 baseball season with three games against the nationally ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders. Each game was close as the Mountaineers lost 2-1 and 4-2 before prevailing in an offensive final game 8-7.
Chad Donato is expected to take the mound for the Mountaineers in today's contest. Donato had a quality start against the Red Raiders on May 20 but suffered a 4-2 defeat. Chad went 6 innings with three earned runs while only allowing 4 hits.
Texas Tech feature the Big 12 Player of the Year Eric Guiterrez who hit .347/.467/.627 with 12 homeruns and 53 RBI. The Red Raiders have five regular players who are hitting over .320 and have over 100 total bases.
West Virginia received a scare in the first game of the Big 12 Tournament as pitcher Michael Groves suffered what appeared to be a torn ACL when he fielded a bunt and stepped on first base for the first out of the game. Groves was down on the field for several minutes before being helped up. He attempted to pitch again but after 10 warm up pitches, he finally made the decision he could not continue.
WVU brought in senior Ross Vance in relief. Vance was nothing short of magical as he one-hit the Sooners over 8-2/3 innings. The Mountaineers bats woke up in the fourth inning as they scored three runs off of a Kyle Davis monster blast to centerfield. The runs would be all that Vance needed as he finished with 7 strikeouts.
The Red Raiders in the second game of the Big 12 Tournament found themselves down 5-1 to the 8th seeded Kansas State Wildcats after 4.5 innings. Texas Tech came roaring back as they scored one run in the fourth inning, 3 more in the fifth, 2 in the sixth to build a 7-5 lead. The Red Raiders would add an insurance run in the 8th inning as they finished off the Wildcats 8-5.