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The Mountaineers remain in the hunt for the Big 12 championship

The West Virginia University baseball team is three games back in the standings behind Oklahoma with two Big 12 Conference series remaining.

Oklahoma split from West Virginia this weekend after sweeping into Lubbock and sweeping Texas Tech. The Red Raiders were 9-3 in home conference games prior to the series. Meanwhile, the Mountaineers dropped the series to Cincinnati and allowed Texas and Oklahoma State to catch up in the standings.

West Virginia, Texas and Oklahoma State all have fifteen league wins and are tied with Oklahoma, although all three won two of the Sooners’ three games.

Oklahoma State won the head-to-head tiebreaker over WVU after a pair of wins in Morgantown, while Texas defended its home court against Oklahoma State with a 2-1 win in the series.

West Virginia and Texas do not meet in the regular season and if a tiebreaker is needed, it will amount to the highest common opponent record in the Big 12 standings.

The Mountaineers host Kansas State this weekend and close the regular season at TCU next week. Both Kansas State and TCU will be looking to clinch an NCAA tournament appearance in the final weeks, with both programs ranked in the top 40 of the RPI.

There is an opportunity for West Virginia to make up some ground, and they may have to go 5-1 in the league to get there and create some distance against Texas and Oklahoma State in the process.

Oklahoma welcomes Baylor this weekend. The Bears have lost eight straight conference games. Then the Sooners will hit the road for the season finale against a growing Cincinnati club that has won three straight Big 12 series and has yet to drop a Big 12 home series this season.

Texas will take its 8-4 road record to Orlando against UCF before hosting Kansas State. UCF was 2-7 against Big 12 opponents in April before picking up two wins in Houston last weekend, and Kansas State has won three conference series.

Oklahoma State hosts Texas Tech this weekend, and as good as the Red Raiders have been at home, they have been the complete opposite at 3-9 and have dropped six straight Big 12 games. Next, the Cowboys travel to Houston to take on the Cougars, who have won six conference games this season, only two of which come at home.

Big 12 conference booths

Oklahoma 18-6

Oklahoma State 15-9

Texas 15-9

West Virginia 15-9

Kansas 13-11

Kansas State 12-12

TCU 13-14

UCF 11-12

Texas Tech 12-15

Baylor 9-15

Houston 6-17

BYU 6-18