Texas Earns 2009 Big 12 Baseball Regular Season Title

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IRVING, Texas — Texas has won its fifth Big 12 regular season championship, the conference office announced. The defending postseason champion will be the top seed at the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship scheduled for May 20-24 at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. It marks the 11th time the championship has been played at this venue.

UT finished league play with a 17-9-1 (.648) record, and has earned three of the last four regular season crowns. The Longhorns also claimed the Big 12 title in 2002, ‘04, ‘06 and ‘07.

The eight teams with the best league records (based on winning percentage) in regular season competition have qualified for the Championship. Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Texas Tech will join UT in the 2009 field. The event is in a two-division, pool play format, in which each of the squads competing is guaranteed a minimum of three games. The tournament winner receives the Big 12’s automatic berth into the NCAA Baseball Championship.

Past postseason championship winners include Kansas (2006), Nebraska (1999-2001, ‘05), Oklahoma (1997), Oklahoma State (2004), Texas (2002, ‘03, ‘08), Texas A&M (2007) and Texas Tech (1998).

Live pre-game, game and post-game action from the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship will be video streamed for free on the Big 12 Conference’s official Web site Big12Sports.com. Audio from the webcast will also be broadcast on Sirius XM Radio (Sirius 214(Best of XM)/XM 231), a Big 12 corporate partner.

Single-session tickets for the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 18. Prices range from $13-44, while all-session tickets are available from $92-232. All tickets for the event can be purchased by calling the Oklahoma City RedHawks Box Office at (405) 218-1000, or online at ticketreturn.com.

2009 PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Wed., May 20
Game 1: No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 5 Kansas 9 a.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Texas vs. No. 8 Baylor 12:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 3 Missouri vs. No. 6 Texas A&M 4 p.m.
Game 4: No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 Texas Tech 7:30 p.m.

Thu., May 21
Game 5: No. 1 Texas vs. No. 5 Kansas 3 p.m.
Game 6: No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 8 Baylor 7:30 p.m.

Fri., May 22
Game 7: No. 3 Missouri vs. No. 7 Texas Tech 3 p.m.
Game 8: No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 Texas A&M 7:30 p.m.

Sat., May 23
Game 9: No. 5 Kansas vs. No. 8 Baylor 9 a.m.
Game 10: No. 1 Texas vs. No. 4 Kansas State 12:30 p.m.
Game 11: No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Missouri 4 p.m.
Game 12: No. 6 Texas A&M vs. No. 7 Texas Tech 7:30 p.m.

Sun., May 24
Game 13: Division 1 Champion vs. Division 2 Champion {FSN} 1 p.m.

Pool 1 Pool 2
No. 1: Texas No. 2: Oklahoma
No. 4: Kansas State No. 3: Missouri
No. 5: Kansas No. 6: Texas A&M
No. 8: Baylor No. 7: Texas Tech