Day Two of the Big 12 Baseball Championship is in the books and Oklahoma State is the story of the tournament so far! But there’s still plenty of baseball left to be played. Here’s a rundown of everything that happened on Thursday and what it means moving forward.
Game 5: No. 1 Texas Tech 4 No.5 Baylor 1
Baylor is eliminated.
“I mean we’re talking about surviving and trying to get to the next day. None of the guys really want to have to throw inter-squad innings at this point in the spring. None of the guys really want to go have at-bats inter-squad even though it’s kind of fun watching them sometimes. I say that but some of them really like playing, it doesn’t matter where you are.”
–Tim Tadlock, Texas Tech head coach
Baylor will enter the NCAA Regionals on a four-game losing streak. They gave up 13 runs in their most recent victory. In their past five games, they’ve allowed 44 total runs. It’s been a rough stretch for Baylor, but they’ll have a full week to rest up their bullpen, adjust their plate approaches and figure out how to get out of this funk.
Orlando Garcia pushed the Red Raiders out in front during the second inning with a two-run shot Cody Farhat would blast a solo shot in the seventh. Ryan Long finished 3-for-3, scoring a run and bringing in another.
Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Steven Gingery picked up the win with six shutout innings. He racked up six strikeouts while surrendering seven hits and three walks. Baylor left 12 runners on base.
Baylor is considered a lock in the NCAA Tournament. Projections consistently have them as a two seed. Baseball America shows the Bears traveling to Kentucky. D1Baseball.com projects Baylor to the Baton Rouge Regional.
Game 6: No.2 TCU 9 No.3 Oklahoma 4
Oklahoma is eliminated.
“I felt about the same. Try to take each start like the same always. I was a little more amped up I guess because I was so excited to pitch because I was sitting out for a month. Especially in the Big 12 Tournament with what we did last year it was fun coming back here and doing what we do.”
–Jared Janczak, TCU sophomore RHP
Jared Janczak is slowly building up back to full strength. He is currently on a streak of eight consecutive shutout innings. He struck out eight batters while surrendering just three hits and a walk. He was taken out after 77 pitches. Janczak improved his record to 8-0 this season.
Oklahoma scored all four runs in the ninth inning against Austin Boyles. The Horned Frogs scored all nine of their runs prior to the ninth inning. Three TCU hitters produced multi-hit games. Elliott Barzilli finished the night 3-for-4, scoring a run and bringing in another.
TCU now has 40 victories. Oklahoma is considered a lock for the field of 64. They are consistently projected to be a two seed. Baseball America projects the Sooners just across the eastern border to Arkansas. D1Baseball.com believes they will be sent to the Tucson Regional.
Game 7: No.8 Oklahoma State 8 No.4 West Virginia 4
“It definitely boosts my confidence a lot, but you can’t get too big and high on yourself because it will come back and bite you in your next at bat. Even though you are having a good day, you still have to buckle down and take it one pitch at a time. I knew how they planned on pitching against me, and I was definitely locked in at the plate.”
–Collin Simpson, Oklahoma State sophomore catcher
Despite outhitting Oklahoma State 13-11, West Virginia fell victim to a scorching hot Oklahoma State team. Particularly hot for the Cowboys is Collin Simpson. The sophomore catcher blasted a two-run shot and a three-run shot. He finished the day 4-for-5 and is now 6-for-9 during the tournament.
Oklahoma State is the first No.8 seed since 2011 to win its first two ballgames of the tournament. Missouri went undefeated in 2011 as the No.8 seed, winning all four games it played.
Nine different pitchers performed on the mound during this game. Oklahoma State starter Tyler Buffett lasted the longest. He went 5.1 innings, but still managed to give up 12 hits and two walks.
Oklahoma State receives Friday off. West Virginia will play an elimination game against Texas Tech. The Mountaineers went 1-2 at home this season against the Red Raiders.
Game 8: No.6 Texas 5 No.7 Kansas 4
“I just tried to stay with what I knew and just keep my strike zone. I knew my defense would take care of it. Luckily, my offense took care of a 4-1 lead, so I had a cushion for a while.”
–Nolan Kingham, Texas sophomore RHP
Nolan Kingham tossed over 100 pitches and finished the complete game. He nearly blew it though as the final out came on a fly ball at the warning track. According to Brian Hanni, the voice of the Jayhawks, the wind kept it in the ballpark.