We are in the sixth 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.
#17 Texas Tech: 5 #2 Texas: 4
Eric Kennedy started the game with a home run but that was just the start of the dingers that were hit in this game. Easton Murrell, Jace Jung, and Hudson White all hit solo bombs in the game to put Tech up 3-1 before Texas responded with solo homers of their own with Ivan Melendez, Trey Faltine, and Skyler Messinger who gave Texas a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the eighth inning. The Red Raiders would tie the game in the eighth inning due to a fielder’s choice before winning the game in extras as Kurt Wilson stole home.
#9 Oklahoma State: 4 Kansas: 2
The Jayhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning but starting pitcher Justin Campbell settled down as he went nine full innings allowing just two runs while striking out nine batters on the evening. That Kansas lead didn’t last long as Chase Adkison hit a three-run blast in the same inning to give the Cowboys the lead. Later in the game Nolan McLean would help put another run on the board as OSU took game one in a 4-2 victory.
#19 TCU: 7 Kansas State: 5
I thought this was going to be a pitching battle, but it didn’t turn into that. The Frogs got out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but Kansas State battled back as Dylan Phillips doubled driving in two runs in the third inning. Later in that same inning, Kurtis Byrne knocked in a run to extend TCU’s lead. From there TCU would add two more in the seventh inning as Kansas State’s comeback fell short in the ninth inning for the Horned Frogs to take game one of the series.
Oklahoma: 5 Baylor: 3
Despite getting down 2-0, the Sooners bounced back as Trent Brown and Max McGwire hit solo blasts to tie the game. Diego Muniz would give Oklahoma the lead in the third inning with a single before a passed ball and sac-fly gave the Sooners a 5-2 lead. Baylor would add a run in the eighth inning, but it was too little too late for the Bears as the Sooners took game one. Tyler Thomas wasn’t perfect on the mound for Baylor but give credit to Oklahoma pitcher Jake Bennett who pitched a little over seven innings.
West Virginia: 9 Youngstown State: 3