With the MLB still on hold, why not take in some college baseball? We are in the fourth 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.
#1 Texas at South Carolina
Game 1: South Carolina won 4-2
Game 2: South Carolina won 9-4
After winning game one of the series on Saturday, Texas had a bad Sunday dropping both games of their doubleheader. In game one on Sunday, Tristan Stevens didn’t have his best day, but the offense was a bit of a letdown scoring just a pair of runs. Game two was even more of a letdown. While Ivan Melendez went deep once again, starting pitcher Lucas Gordon melted down in the fourth inning. While South Carolina went on to score five runs in the fourth inning, Texas had just one hit in the first eight innings of the game. With the loss, Texas drops their first series of the season and will likely get moved down in the rankings.
#21 TCU: 5 Army: 2
TCU won both of their games on Saturday in walk off fashion, but Sunday afternoon went a bit smoother. Sure, the Frogs were down 2-0 early but thanks to a couple of walks in the second inning, TCU tied the game up quickly. From there TCU added a few more runs thanks to Gray Rodgers and Logan Maxell. With the win on Sunday, the Horned Frogs swept Army and will have a good test next week as they start off conference play against Baylor.
#17 Texas Tech: 7 Rice: 4
The Red Raiders found themselves in a hole in the fourth inning down 4-1 but their bats woke up in the next inning. Cole Stilwell and Jace Jung drove in a run a piece to pull within one before Zach Vooletich hit a two-run RBI double to give Tech the lead in the sixth inning. Texas Tech would also add two more runs thanks to a wild pitch and a Hudson White RBI. It was a great weekend down in Houston for this team as they completed the sweep over Rice.
Baylor: 4 Columbia: 3
How about these Baylor Bears? After winning two games last weekend in the Shriners Tournament, they came back this weekend to beat Columbia in extra innings. With the bases loaded in the tenth inning, star outfielder Jared McKenzie drove in the winning run to give Baylor the win to clinch the series.
Oklahoma vs UTSA
Game 1: Oklahoma won 8-3
Game 2: Oklahoma won 9-5
Game one of the doubleheader wasn’t even close. Oklahoma dominated UTSA from the jump as they scored five runs in the first three innings. Jackson Nicklaus went deep in the game and Oklahoma was on top 8-0 going into the final frame. Along with the superb hitting, pitcher David Sandlin pitched eight scoreless innings.
Just like in game one, the Sooners had hot bats once again in game two on Sunday. Oklahoma scored five runs in the first three innings and starting pitcher Chazz Martinez played well as he gave up just one run in seven innings of work. After struggling a week ago, this team has now won four games in a row.
Kansas State vs Central Connecticut
Game 1: Kansas State won 5-3
Game: 2 Kansas State won 5-2
The first game was very interesting as Kansas State was down 3-2 before Justin Mitchell tied the game in the fourth inning with a key hit. After that, Kaelen Culpepper broke the tie with a double before Justin Mitchell put a bow on game one with a solo blast.
Game two was a little easier for Kansas State thanks to Dominic Johnson who put the Wildcats up 2-0 early after his two-run homer. From there it was all Kansas State as they finished the sweep over the Blue Devils.
Kansas: 13 Michigan State: 7
Kansas went back to work on Sunday after getting their game on Saturday cancelled due to weather. Both pitchers struggled in this game that was dominated by offense. The star of this game was shortstop Maui Ahuna who had a whopping five RBIs on the day. I said going into this last weekend that Kansas needed to win two games and they did.