K-State falls to TCU in Big 12 Championship semifinal, awaits possible at-large NCAA bid

Head coach Pete Hughes walks back to the dugout after mound meeting at the March 31, 2019 game against Texas Tech, where the Wildcats won 5-4. (Archive photo by Dalton Wainscott | Collegian Media Group) Photo credit: Dalton Wainscott

After a four-run seventh inning, Kansas State found itself down 10-7 against TCU. The Wildcats needed three more outs for a chance at tying the game in the top of the ninth inning.

Instead, TCU put the game away with seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, ending the game by run-rule 17-7.

The Wildcats now await the NCAA tournament committee selection to know if they will receive an at-large bid.

“I am very proud of our kids and [their] effort,” head coach Pete Hughes said in the post-game press conference. “No Kansas State team has gone this far in the Big 12 championship tournament. There is a lot to be proud of. I asked our guys to do a lot in the losers bracket, and they knew what they needed to do to get into postseason play. We put ourselves in a position to do that.”

“Our team deserves to be in the conversation for the national tournament,” Hughes said in yesterday’s post-game press conference after defeating Texas Tech and stuck by his words today.

“I have been the coach of at-large teams before. This is an at-large team,” Hughes said. “The only thing that is missing is the historical brand name across our chest of college baseball. If we had a historical name across our chest, there would not even be a conversation — there would not be a doubt. I have coached at Oklahoma and Virginia Tech — we would not be in the conversation.”

TCU takes on Oklahoma State at 5 p.m. on Sunday to determine the winner of the Big 12 Championship and will be broadcasted on ESPN2.