Open Game Thread: Big 12 Baseball Championship, Day 3

Sunny Galloway knew the Wildcats didn't have to win yesterday. He also knows they're ready for today. - Kyle Laferriere-US PRESSWIRE

Five teams are still alive. Three will die today, and at least four will be playing their final game of 2013. K-State is not one of those four, regardless of today's outcome.

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Who: #5 Baylor (0-2) vs #8 Texas Tech (0-2); #1 K-State (2-0) vs. #4 Oklahoma (2-0); #2 Oklahoma State (0-2) vs. #3 West Virginia (1-1); #6 Kansas (2-0) vs #7 Texas Christian (1-1)

What: Big 12 Baseball Championship

When: May 24, 2013 | 9:00 a.m./12:30 p.m/4:00 p.m/7:00 p.m. CDT

Where: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (13,066)

Media: (K-State game) 1350 KMAN/K-State Sports Network | (all games) Fox College Sports Central

Yesterday was... well. Crazy all around. Oklahoma records their second straight shutout. The BatCats score five in the ninth to win. TCU commits nine errors. And Kansas upsets a top-three seed for the second night in a row. Can't ask for much more excitement than all of that.

Pool play concludes today, with three relevant games and one season-ending exhibition. Baylor and Texas Tech meet with nothing on the line but pride to open the session. Kansas State and Oklahoma will then take the field, the winner heading to Sunday's championship game.

Over in Pool Two, things are far, far more interesting. Only Oklahoma State has been knocked out of the party, and the Big 12 can only hope they didn't cost themselves a trip to a regional in the process. (Not likely, as they were widely deemed to be safely in the field last weekend.) The afternoon game pits the Cowboys against West Virginia, and the result is critical to sorting out Pool Two. Should Oklahoma State win, West Virginia is eliminated, and the nightcap becomes a simple semifinal contest between Kansas and TCU. If West Virginia wins, however, TCU will be eliminated by virtue of the three-way tiebreaker, which would favor the Mountaineers. Kansas would still claim the pool with a win, but a loss would send West Virginia to the final.

Remember that games after the opener may be delayed if weather or extra innings get in the way, so the K-State game may start later than 12:30. KEEP CALM AND WABASH. As for radio coverage, if you are in or close to Oklahoma, the OU and OSU games may -- MAY -- be on one of the Sports Animal stations. They aren't showing the game as being on radio, but I can tell you this doesn't actually mean it's not. The TCU/Jayhawk game will probably be on some station downriver, I'm sure. Baylor/Tech? You're out of luck, pal.

One more win for the Wildcats. That's the mantra every day now. One more win.

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