With college baseball in full swing, there is still some time before conference play starts and what better way to soak in a weekend of baseball with a Big 12/SEC showdown? Well, that’s exactly what’s going on in Minute Maid Park down in Houston for the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic. This year’s tournament features Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma facing off against LSU, Arkansas and Missouri. As I will be making my way over to Houston for the Saturday and Sunday games, I thought I would break out a day one recap of all the action from Friday as the Big 12 won two out of three games.
Baylor Beats Missouri 4-2
Baylor opened the tournament with a big win over former Big 12 foe Missouri. The Tigers got on the board first in the first inning to take a quick 1-0 lead, but it didn’t last very long because Baylor third baseman Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo knocked in a run in the third inning along with short stop Nick Lofton.
Missouri would tie the game up at two in the fifth inning thanks to a Chad McDaniel sac fly but once again, just an inning later the Bears responded when right fielder Mack Mueller went deep in the sixth for a solo shot. However, Mack Mueller wasn’t done as he went yard once more in the eighth for yet another solo shot to give Baylor a 4-2 lead and ultimately the win. Baylor Pitcher Paul Dickens got the start as he struck out six in five innings of work, but it was reliever Logan Freeman who got the win. Baylor will play LSU on Saturday at 3 PM CT.
#22 Oklahoma Beats #6 Arkansas 6-3
In just two games, the Big 12 took day one by storm thanks to the Oklahoma Sooners giving the conference two straight wins and the series win for Friday. The Sooners jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first three inning due to a Trent Brown sac fly and a Brady Lindsly RBI. But of course, the Razorbacks roared back and then some putting together a three run fifth inning due to back to back jacks as Robert More and Jacob Nesbit both went deep. However, the Sooners would get right back in it because Brady Lindsly hit a solo shot to tie the game at three after the sixth inning.
Oklahoma went on two add two more insurance runs in the seventh as Wyatt Olds and Jason Ruffcorn kept Arkansas scoreless in the final four innings. But I do want to add that starting pitcher Cade Cavalli struck out eleven through five innings. Next up, the Sooners will play Missouri at 11 AM for the Saturday opener.
#11 LSU Beats Texas 4-3
This was the lone loss in the Big 12 on Friday as the Longhorns couldn’t hang on for the win. LSU cashed in a nice second inning as Saul Garza hit an RBI triple and Cade Doughty hit his own RBI to give LSU an early 2-0 lead. But just one inning later, Texas would tie things up at two when catcher DJ Petrinsky went deep for a solo home run and a Zach Zubia sac fly. Petrinsky would come up big once again when he got a sac fly to bring in another run to give Texas a 3-2 lead after four innings.
But give credit to LSU. They came up big when it mattered because Daniel Cabrera hit a two-run bomb to give the Tigers the lead back 4-3 and they never looked back. The Tigers needed only two pitchers in this one as starter Cole Henry struck out ten and closer Jaden Hill struck out six and didn’t allow a single hit in the final three innings. On Saturday, Texas will face Arkansas in the prime-time slot at 7 PM CT.
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