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 Sunday.
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#17 Tennessee: 8 Oklahoma: 0
It was another tough outing for the Sooners to end their weekend against a top 25 Tennessee squad. Chazz Martinez took mound and after being the Big 12 pitcher of the week, he certainly didn’t look like it on Sunday. Martinez gave up five earned runs against the Vols in three innings before being replaced. From there Tennessee would cruise to an easy win as the Sooners were shutout. After a close game against a top ten LSU team, this Oklahoma team completely shutdown as they were beatdown against UCLA on Saturday and got beat easily on Sunday against Tennessee. Entering the weekend, I was optimistic about Oklahoma, but I don’t feel the same after the weekend.
UCLA: 5 #1 Texas: 1
The streak is over for the Texas Longhorns as they suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday afternoon. Tanner Witt was scheduled to be the starter but due to some precautionary reasons, he was pulled in favor of Lucas Gordon. Without Witt on the mound, Texas struggled a little bit allowing the highest run total of the season against the Bruins. While the offense was cold throughout the game, Ivan Melendez did go yard on Sunday. Despite the loss, Texas still was impressive throughout the weekend and still are the number one team in my book.
Baylor: 9 #7 LSU: 6
Despite some lackluster pitching, Baylor found some new life on Sunday night after falling to Tennessee on Saturday. While Will Rigney had a rough go of it, the Bears managed to get the bats going after being down 2-0. Kyle Nevin and Antonio Valdez had some key hits, but it was Jack Pineda who broke the 5-5 tie in the sixth inning with a big two run homer. From there, Baylor grew their lead and never looked back. Outside of the Saturday game, this team managed to bounce back in a big way and had one of best weekends in the conference.
#19 Texas Tech: 12 Merrimack: 4
Texas Tech completed the easy four game sweep of Merrimack on Sunday as they once again dominated. Over the last four games Tech outscored their opponent 60-12 in a lopsided affair. At no point was any game ever in doubt but the Red Raiders will get a nice test against a top ten team in Mississippi State on Tuesday.
Kansas: 10 Illinois: 7
Although Kansas had a rough two days in Minneapolis, the Jayhawks rallied on Sunday to get their lone win of the weekend. Unfortunately, Kansas got beat badly on Friday and Saturday, but they did manage to beat a familiar foe in Illinois who they beat twice earlier in the year.
Loyola Marymount: 14 Kansas State: 7
Kansas State may have dropped the third game of the series, but they did manage to take the first two games of the weekend. Loyola Marymount isn’t a very good team, but the Wildcats need all the help they can get after a tough start to the year.
Michigan State: 9 West Virginia: 3
It was one tough weekend for the Mountaineers up in Minneapolis. After looking good for the first few games of the season, they went up to Minnesota and struggled this past weekend. While they managed to get a win on Friday against Minnesota, West Virginia lost two straight games to end their weekend.
Oklahoma State was scheduled to take on Gonzaga for their third game of the series on Sunday evening but due to weather they decided to push the game back to Monday afternoon.