With the MLB lockout still in effect, why not take in some college baseball? We are in the third 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 Saturday.
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UCLA: 13 Oklahoma: 3
After losing a nail-biter to LSU in extra innings on Friday night, Saturday ended much worse for the Sooners. Oklahoma found themselves in hole early on as the Bruins scored six runs in the first inning. Things continued to go downhill from there because by the time the third inning was over, UCLA had a 12-0 lead. Jackson Nicklaus would get Oklahoma on the board in the fourth inning along with Cade Horton. Unfortunately, the Sooners never could get into this game as UCLA cruised to an easy victory. Overall, it was a dreadful day for Oklahoma and a difficult day for pitcher Braden Carmichael.
#17 Tennessee: 10 Baylor: 5
Thanks to a big first inning, the Bears actually got off to a hot start as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead. However, that lead didn’t last long because starter Jake Jackson struggled giving up eight earned runs in less than three innings. Tennessee would coast on that big lead throughout the game and go on to get the win. It was a promising started that ended up turning sour.
#1 Texas: 6 #7 LSU: 1
Texas got the party started early as they scored a run on an error before Douglas Hodo III hit a three-run blast deep into left field to put the Horns up 4-0 in the second inning. From there, Tristan Stevens took over as he had a dominant performance on the mound pitching seven scoreless innings striking out seven batters. Texas would add a pair of insurance runs later in the game thanks to Eric Kennedy and Murphy Stehly’s solo home run. But once again, pitching was the key here for Texas as Luke Harrison helped secure the win. Also, how about the atmosphere here? It felt like a postseason game!
Gonzaga: 2 #4 Oklahoma State: 1
This game was a great pitching battle and Oklahoma State came out on the wrong end of it. Justin Campbell took the mound for the Cowboys and after allowing a solo homer in the first inning, he settled down and ended up striking out ten batters in a little over seven innings of work. Oklahoma State scored their first and only run of the game in the seventh inning thanks to a Jake Thompson RBI. In extra innings, Gonzaga had the last laugh as Cade McGee hit a solo shot to put Gonzaga on top. Much like Oklahoma, it was a rough day because with the loss, Oklahoma State drops the series, but they will get one more crack at the Zags on Sunday.
#16 TCU at Kentucky
Game 1: Kentucky: 5 TCU: 1
Game 2: TCU: 12 Kentucky: 8
After dropping Friday’s game, TCU needed to win both games of the doubleheader on Saturday to take the series and they couldn’t pull it off. In game one on Saturday, the Horned Frogs couldn’t find the offense as they scored just one run due to an Elijah Nunez RBI. Starting pitcher Riley Cornelio struggled as her gave up five runs in just four innings.
Game two went differently for the Horned Frogs and they were lucky to get the win. TCU jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning due to an error and Tommy Sacco driving in a couple of runs. From there Boyers, Rodgers, and Bishop would help TCU put three more on the board and by the time of the seventh inning, the Frogs were up 7-0. Up until then, pitcher Brett Walker was doing simply fine striking out eight Wildcats but then had to be pulled in the seventh inning. In that crazy inning, Kentucky somehow managed to pull within a run and just an inning later, they tied the game. Fortunately for TCU, they would respond in a big way in the final inning as Luke Boyers, Porter Brown, and Brayden Taylor got some key hits to drive in runs.
#19 Texas Tech vs Merrimack
Game 1: Texas Tech: 21 Merrimack: 5
Game: 2 Texas Tech: 20 Merrimack: 2
Illinois: 6 West Virginia: 2
Kansas State: 10 Loyola Marymount: 5
Minnesota: 8 Kansas: 1