We are in the seventh 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 night.
#6 Oklahoma State: 12 Kansas State: 9
Forget about the pitchers because this game was all about offense. Kansas State tied the game at two thanks to a Dylan Phillips home run in the fourth inning but then the Cowboys went on a scoring spree scoring a whopping ten runs in the next two innings. A lot of those runs were scored due to walks and mistakes by the Wildcats. Kansas State would make a late push in the sixth and seventh inning, but it was too little too late for the Wildcats as Oklahoma State took game one.
#7 Texas Tech: 8 Kansas: 2
Believe it or not, Kansas had a 2-1 lead going into the seventh inning. But once Texas Tech woke up, they couldn’t be stopped. Jace Jung hit a three-run blast in the seventh inning to push Texas Tech ahead and they never looked back. Cole Stilwell homered in the ninth and Kurt Wilson added two more as well to give the Red Raiders some insurance runs late in the game.
#8 Texas: 7 Oklahoma: 1
Both teams used their best pitchers in this one and it was just a matter of Texas having the better lineup. Oklahoma’s Jake Bennett had a rough time on the mound while Pete Hanson struck out twelve batters and allowed just one run in eight full innings. This game was never really in doubt for Texas as the bats were hot throughout the evening.
West Virginia: 3 #12 TCU: 2
Without a doubt, this was the best game to watch on Friday night. Before I get into it, I must give credit to the two starting pitchers in this game who were phenomenal. West Virginia’s Jacob Waters and TCU’s Riley Cornelio controlled almost the entire game. TCU would score a run early and their 1-0 lead lasted until the sixth inning as a wild pitch helped West Virginia tie the game. However, the Frogs would recapture the lead thanks to a passed ball to put them back on top. Then things got whacky in the final inning. West Virginia’s Ben Abernathy stole home and thanks to an error on that play by TCU, Braden Barry was also able to come around and score giving West Virginia a 3-2 lead.
TCU still had a chance to win the game, but West Virginia’s Trey Braithwaite struck out David Bishop on a very interesting strike three call with the bases loaded.
Baylor: 15 ETSU: 1