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 were several big-time matchups around the conference and here is what happened in the Big 12 on Sunday to wrap up the weekend.
#17 TCU: 5 Nebraska: 3
After winning the first two games of the series in Arlington, the Horned Frogs completed the full three game sweep over Nebraska on Sunday. Brett Walker took the mound for TCU and completed seven full innings allowing just two runs. After getting a 2-1 lead, TCU found some offense in the fifth inning scoring three runs thanks to Luke Boyers and Gray Rodgers. The Huskers would score a run in the eighth inning, but River Ridings got the save to complete the sweep. It was a great weekend for TCU who could jump up a few spots in the next rankings.
#1 Texas: 6 Alabama: 1
How about these Longhorns? They stay red hot and undefeated after completing the sweep over the Crimson Tide. Much like the other games, it was a pitching duel, but Tanner Witt won the battle striking out nine batters on the afternoon. Texas got their offensive boost in the sixth inning as Trey Faltine broke the 1-1 tie with a big two RBI single followed by a Dylan Campbell RBI. The Longhorns would score two more in the eighth and then Aaron Nixon closed the game shut.
Baylor vs #23 Duke
Game 2: Baylor 12 #23 Duke: 3
Game 3: #23 Duke: 4 Baylor: 2
The Bears didn’t need to worry much about game three of the series because they ended up taking the first two games to win the series. Jake Jackson was phenomenal on the mound pitching seven full innings and allowed just one run on four hits. Baylor really took control of the first game on Sunday in the sixth inning where they scored a whopping seven runs. Jack Pineda and Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo each had 3 RBIs in the first game leading the Bears.
#20 Texas Tech vs Kent State
Game 2: #20 Texas Tech: 8 Kent State: 1
Game 3: #20 Texas Tech: 7 Kent State: 5
Bring out the brooms because the Red Raiders won the doubleheader on Sunday. In game one on Sunday, Tech started the game with a bang as Dillon Carter went yard in the first inning. From there Texas Tech jumped out to a 4-1 lead before breaking the game open scoring three more runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth inning. Meanwhile starting pitcher Brandon Birdsell went five innings striking out seven batters on the day.
In the second game of the afternoon, Tech started it like the previous game as Jace Jung and Ty Coleman went deep but due to some pitching issues, the Red Raiders were down by two runs going into the sixth inning. But thanks to Ty Coleman’s three run home run, Tech took the lead and never looked back.
New Orleans: 5 Kansas: 2
After winning games two of the series with ease, the Jayhawks dropped game three on Sunday and dropped the series. New Orleans came into the weekend with a hot offense and while they didn’t score a ton of runs in the series, they did enough to take two games. I didn’t think Kansas would win the series, but they should still come away with their heads up high. New Orleans is a good team and there is still plenty of season left for Kansas.
Kansas State: 8 CSU Bakersfield: 2
Kansas State didn’t win the series, but they managed to get their first win of the season on Sunday. Bakersfield jumped out to a 2-0 lead early on before the Wildcats scored eight unanswered runs to end the game. Dylan Phillips went yard twice in the game and had a team high four RBIs on the day. It was an odd weekend for Kansas State out in California. Pitching was a big issue coming in, but they pitched fine in their three games. It was a lack of offense that was the problem and of course some errors.
#3 Oklahoma State vs Wright State
Game 1: #3 Oklahoma State: 26 Wright State 3
Game 2: #3 Oklahoma State 7, Wright State 6
It was a long wait for the Oklahoma State home opener as Saturday’s game was cancelled and they decided to do a doubleheader on Sunday. The first game speaks for itself as the Cowboys put a 26-3 beatdown on Wright State. Pitcher Justin Campbell struck out nine batters in six innings and the offense produced nine runs in the first inning before adding another twelve in the seventh inning. The game was never in doubt after the first inning.
The second game was a bit of a different story as the Cowboys found themselves down 6-2 going into the ninth inning. Somehow the rally hats worked because Oklahoma State made a comeback to remember scoring five runs in the final frame to win the game. Garrett Martin started the rally with a three-run blast and the final run came in due to an error as John Bay scored the winning run.
Oklahoma: 5 Northwestern State: 1
After dropping game one on Friday, Oklahoma bounced back on Saturday to get the win and did the same on Sunday to clinch the series in Arlington. Jackson Nicklaus started the game with a two-run homer in the second inning and then Peyton Graham did his thing with a solo shot in the fifth to give Oklahoma a 4-0 lead. The Sooners would add another in the seventh due to a sac-fly and I must give credit to starting pitcher Chazz Martinez who pitched seven shutout frames allowing only three hits and striking out 14 batters.