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Were are entering the third weekend of Big 12 play, and the conference has begun to sort itself out throughout the first two weekends of action.

This week, Texas will sit out from conference play and get a full week to prepare for the Red River Series next week against Oklahoma.

As for the conference matchups, the Sooners will head to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech, Iowa State prepares to host Oklahoma State, and Baylor will visit Kansas.

Right now, the conference looks like a three-team race, but there is still plenty of time for the other teams to make up some ground and avoid the seven-seed in the Big 12 Tournament.

 

#1 OKLAHOMA; 33-0 (3-0)

Oklahoma has officially matched its best start in school history with a 33-0 record through the first week in April. Jocelyn Alo (.513) and Taylon Snow (.508) are second and fourth nationally in batting average, while the Sooners rank first as a team with .383. The Sooners are still ranked first in team ERA by a good margin, with .67 as a team and Hope Trautwein (.13), Jordyn Bahl (.80), and Nicole May (.95) are all ranked in the Top 11 nationally in ERA. The Sooners are a runaway freight train right now, and Texas Tech will be tasked with derailing the top team in the country this weekend.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
Texas TechApr 8 (Fri)5:00 p.m. CTLubbock, TXTV: ESPN+
Texas TechApr 9 (Sat)2:00 p.m. CTLubbock, TXTV: ESPN+
Texas TechApr 10 (Sun)12:00 p.m. CTLubbock, TXTV: ESPN+

#7 OKLAHOMA STATE; 29-6 (6-0)

The trio of Kelly Maxwell, Miranda Elish, and Morgan Day is finding its groove, and so are the bats for Oklahoma State and that should terrify the rest of the Big 12. When those three are dealing and the Cowgirls lineup is playing like it has recently, Oklahoma State is one of the best teams in the country. OSU is currently 18th in team ERA (1.95) and 25th in team batting average (.316), but where they shine is fielding percentage (.983), ranked third nationally. Now, Oklahoma State hits the road for the second weekend in a row and heads to Ames to take on the struggling Cyclones.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
Iowa StateApr 8 (Fri)4:00 p.m. CTAmes, IATV: ESPN+
Iowa StateApr 9 (Sat)1:00 p.m. CTAmes, IATV: ESPN+
Iowa StateApr 10 (Sun)12:00 p.m. CTAmes, IATV: ESPN+

#19 TEXAS; 30-10-1 (6-0)

Texas is off this weekend and will start preparing to host Oklahoma next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Then, the following weekend, Texas will head to Stillwater to take on OSU. The Longhorns’ season hangs heavily on the results of the next two weekends. Going .500 in their next six games could determine whether they host a regional when the postseason gets underway, or be forced to be on the road throughout tournament play.

 

IOWA STATE; 19-17 (0-3)

The Cyclones continue to spiral out of control after a bad, bad loss to Northern Iowa on Wednesday. losing 12-4 in five innings to the Panthers. That now makes seven losses in a row, and will likely make it a 10-game streak if they don’t change something in a big way this weekend. Oklahoma State is on it’s way to Ames and brings a 12-game winning streak with it. This looks like a bad time to be running into the meat of their schedule, but that’s exactly what’s happening for the Cyclones. They need to dig deep and find a way to steal one this weekend; if they don’t, they’ll be on the wrong side of .500 for the first time all year.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
#7 Oklahoma StateApr 8 (Fri)4:00 p.m. CTAmes, IATV: ESPN+
#7 Oklahoma StateApr 9 (Sat)1:00 p.m. CTAmes, IATV: ESPN+
#7 Oklahoma StateApr 10 (Sun)12:00 p.m. CTAmes, IATV: ESPN+
 

TEXAS TECH; 19-16 (2-4)

The Red Raiders were able to grab a couple of confernece wins over Kansas last weekend but lost 4-10 in the final game of the series and now have a record of 19-16. This week, the competition gets stiffer as OU comes to town riding a winning streak that dates back to last year’s National Championship series with Florida State. Texas Tech has played some close games with good teams this season so they should be able to stay competitive with the Sooners. However, if TTU makes mistakes, Oklahoma will make them pay.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
#1 OklahomaApr 8 (Fri)5:00 p.m. CTLubbock, TXTV: ESPN+
#1 OklahomaApr 9 (Sat)2:00 p.m. CTLubbock, TXTV: ESPN+
#1 OklahomaApr 10 (Sun)12:00 p.m. CTLubbock, TXTV: ESPN+

BAYLOR; 18-17 (0-6)

Baylor got a much-needed win over Lamar on Wednesday night, breaking the seven-game skid that dated back to March 25th. Now, the Bears will look to get their first conference win of the season when they head to Lawrence to face Kansas. Baylor’s offense fell silent against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State (as most have), but they should be able to get on the board against Kansas. A series win would go a long way for this team right now, and they should get that done this weekend.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
KansasApr 8 (Fri)6:00 p.m. CTLawrence, KSTV:
KansasApr 9 (Sat)2:00 p.m. CTLawrence, KSTV:
KansasApr 10 (Sun)12:00 p.m. CTLawrence, KSTV:

KANSAS; 12-20 (1-5)

The Jayhawks got a conference win in Game 3 of their series with Texas Tech, something that Baylor has yet to do this year. However, Baylor has played the top two teams in the league and their schedule will be easier from here on out. KU needs to stack wins right now if they hope to avoid the seven seed in the Big 12 Tournament, because the series with OSU, OU, and Iowa State will prove tough to end the season. Getting at least one win and staying in the race for sixth place should be an attainable goal this weekend.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
KansasApr 8 (Fri)6:00 p.m. CTLawrence, KSTV:
KansasApr 9 (Sat)2:00 p.m. CTLawrence, KSTV:
KansasApr 10 (Sun)12:00 p.m. CTLawrence, KSTV:
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