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Big 12 Baseball Weekend Preview: Texas vs. Oklahoma Highlights Second Weekend of Conference Play

Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, May 28, 2017

College Baseball is back in full swing as we have just finished with the first few weeks of action. After plenty of non-conference play, Big 12 action is finally here as the race to the conference title starts now.

There are plenty of big-time matchups heading into the weekend so let’s take a look at the upcoming schedule.

Notable Games

#6 Oklahoma State at Kansas State

This is going to be one interesting matchup. Despite Kansas State being ranked eighth in my Big 12 Baseball power rankings, they still are a sneaky team. Going into the TCU series, they were one of the hottest teams in the Big 12. The duo of Blake Adams and Connor McCullough have been good on the mound however both struggled against TCU. The good news for the Wildcats is that Oklahoma State doesn’t have the offense TCU possesses. However, the Cowboys are better on the mound than the Frogs which should make for an exciting series due to the fact that Kansas State has been swinging the bats well as of late. The matchup to watch here is going to be the arms of Oklahoma State going against the likes of Dominic Johnson, Dylan Phillips, and Cole Johnson.

 

#7 Texas Tech at Kansas

Traveling to Lawrence, Kansas is always odd but this three-game set for the Red Raiders shouldn’t be an issue. Kansas has the worst pitching staff in the conference, and they are about the meet the best offense in all of college baseball. Texas Tech has five players in their lineup batting over the .300 mark (Jace Jung, Ty Coleman, Owen Washburn, Parker Kelly, and Kurt Wilson) and Cole Stilwell is almost there as well. The other thing is that the Jayhawks haven’t been able to score a bunch of runs this season, so I want to see those Tech starting pitchers dominate the weekend.

#8 Texas vs Oklahoma

Just like in football, these two rivals will meet up in the DFW area. Except for the fact that instead of the Cotton Bowl, they will be playing indoors inside Globe Life Field in Arlington. Texas needs a bounce back weekend after a disappointing one in Lubbock last weekend. The offense was hot, but their downfall was pitching. It’s a little crazy considering the fact that the Longhorns have the best pitching rotation in the Big 12. Can they get back on track? They should because Oklahoma isn’t Texas Tech, but they did surprisingly rock Baylor last weekend. When it comes to this particular series, I believe Texas has the better offense and the better arms. Outside of Jake Bennett for Oklahoma, everyone else has been a bit shaky on the mound for the Sooners. Texas should be able to use their offense to take the series in this one.

 

West Virginia at #12 TCU

There are a few things I know about these teams, but I still am a little confused about West Virginia. Some games, they look like they belong in the top half of the Big 12 and others they look completely out of place. Their bats are spotty, but Ben Hampton has been an absolute stud on the mound for the Mountaineers. He gives West Virginia a chance to at least take a game in this one. However, I don’t see them taking down these bats of TCU. Much like Texas Tech, the Frogs have an excellent offense with four starters batting over .300 (Tommy Sacco, Brayden Taylor, David Bishop, and Elijah Nunez.). And just like West Virginia, TCU also has a great pitcher in Riley Cornelio. When it all boils down, I have a tough time seeing West Virginia slow down the bats of TCU.

Other Games

ETSU at Baylor

After last weekend, the Bears need to be careful in this series. Neither one of these teams have a powerful offense but both sides can pitch. Well, in Baylor’s case it has been Tyler Thomas who has been one of the best pitchers in the Big 12. Meanwhile ETSU has a solid one-two punch with Hunter Loyd and Zach Kirby on the mound. I know people may sleep on this ETSU, but I wouldn’t. They are capable of beating the Bears if they don’t break this weekend slump they have had over the last two series.

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