Big 12 Baseball: Texas’ Nail-biter vs. Alabama, WVU’s Comeback and Baylor Back on Track
With the MLB lockout still in effect, why not take in some college baseball? We are in the second full weekend of the season as all nine Big 12 teams (sorry Iowa State) are back in action on the diamond this weekend. There are several big-time matchups around the conference and here is what happened in the Big 12 on Friday.
West Virginia: 5 Charlotte: 4
How about the comeback kids from Morgantown? After being down 4-1 going into the seventh inning, West Virginia mounted a huge come from behind victory. After Evan Smith’s sac-fly in the seventh inning, Dayne Leonard had a big two RBI single in the eighth to even the game at four. Then in the ninth inning, Victor Scott laid down a bunt to bring in the final run as the Mountaineers took game one of the series. Due to weather issues, West Virginia and Charlotte will play a double header on Saturday. But before we move on, how about this web gem from Victor Scott II?
Baylor: 4 #23 Duke: 2
The Bears needs to start their weekend off with a win and they did just that thanks to the arm of Tyler Thomas who threw six scoreless innings. Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo and Harrsion Caley had a good day at the plate driving in runs and Baylor was also able to capitalize on a wild pitch for another run. Overall, it was a great opening game for the Baylor in this series and they just need to win one more to take it.
#1 Texas: 1 Alabama: 0
If you like a high scoring game, then this wasn’t the game for you. This game turned into a pitching battle between Pete Hanson in Garrett McMillan and luckily the Longhorns came out on top. Hanson struck out eight batters in five innings of work and was dominate on the mound. Meanwhile Alabama’s Garrett McMillan was no slouch either allowing just three hits through six innings. I should also give credit to Aaron Nixon who closed out the game with the bases loaded.
#17 TCU: 4 Nebraska: 1
TCU should have been in Fort Worth this weekend but thanks to some wild weather, they were in Globe Life Field playing ball. Austin Krobb took the mound for the Frogs and was excellent allowing just two hits through six full innings. Offensively Tommy Sacco hit a solo shot to get TCU on the board in the third inning before David Bishop knocked in two more runs in the fifth. No complaints here as TCU played great defense and got it done at the plate.
Northwestern State: 4 Oklahoma: 2
New Orleans: 4 Kansas: 3
CSU Bakersfield: 4 Kansas State: 3
Due to some harsh weather coming in the Texas Tech/Kent State game was cancelled and will be played on Sunday in a doubleheader. Also, Saturday’s game between Oklahoma State and Wright State was also cancelled due to weather concerns.