It’s that time of the year where Big 12 baseball teams gather in Oklahoma City with hopes of capturing the Big 12 Tournament Championship title after the end of the regular season and the College World Series in Omaha on the horizon.
The Oklahoma Sooners, under Head Coach Skip Johnson, are back after finishing the regular season at 33-21, 11-13 in Big 12 play, and will face the Baylor Bears in the opening round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament held in the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, home to the OKC Dodgers.
The Sooners tied with the TCU Horned Frogs for sixth in the conference and come in as the No. 7 seed, while Baylor landed the No. 2 seed in the Tournament. The Baylor Bears, under Head Coach Steve Rodriguez, finished the season 33-15, 14-8 in Big 12 play.
The Sooners faced the Bears back in April in Waco where they won the first matchup 7-5, but would go on to drop the final two games and lose the series at 3-7 on April 13 and 3-2 in 12 innings on April 14.
The Sooners have won three out of the five matchups against Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament Championship, and the two teams came face-to-face last year in the tournament in the opening round and again in the semifinals with Oklahoma being the No. 4 seed and Baylor as the No. 5 seed.
Coaches, media members, and players gathered at Mickey Mantles Steakhouse in Bricktown on Tuesday afternoon for a luncheon introducing player and coach achievements, as well as giving coaches the opportunity to make opening statements for this team as the start of the tournament commenced.
“I think we’ve been playing really well lately,” Skip Johnson said. “We fought through some confidence issues, and of lately we’ve played really well. The Big 12 is a special place for baseball, and these guys are ready to go.”
The Sooners kick things off on Thursday, May 22, with the first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. against Baylor. If the Sooners find victory in their opening game, they’ll move into the winners bracket to face the winner of Oklahoma State vs. TCU at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. If the Sooners fall, they will face elimination and will play at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Watch below for Skip Johnson’s comments on the tournament following the media luncheon: