We are in the eighth 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.
#4 Texas Tech: 6 Kansas State: 3
Texas Tech’s Cole Stilwel started the game with a solo homer run to put the Red Raiders on the board first. Kansas State finally responded in the sixth inning with three runs of their own thanks to Nick Goodwin and Josh Nicoloff. But Texas Tech would quickly answer in the same inning recapturing the lead with key hits from Owen Washburn and Dalton Porter. Kurt Wilson would also add an insurance run in the seventh inning as the Red Raiders never looked back.
Oklahoma: 8 #6 Oklahoma State: 7
This was a great back and forth type of game on Friday night. These two teams would trade runs up until the fifth inning where the Cowboys found themselves on top 7-4. But this gritty Sooners team fought back in a big way. In the seventh inning, Jimmy Crooks and Jackson Nicklaus helped put a couple of runs on the board before Blake Robertson tied the game in the ninth inning. Just moments after that, Sebastian Orduno broke the tie with an RBI single to give Oklahoma the lead and the game one win. Both Jake Bennett (Oklahoma) and Justin Campbell (Oklahoma State) struggled in this game, and it is going to be interesting to see how the rest of the pitchers do over the next two games.
#7 Texas: 2 #23 TCU: 0
It was a rough night for TCU as Texas starting pitcher Pete Hanson dominated the Horned Frogs. Hanson pitched a complete shutout game striking out twelve TCU batters while allowing just two hits. Pete was excellent and played a huge part obviously in Texas taking game one of the series. The two runs from the Longhorns came in the fourth and seventh inning where Silas Ardoin and Mitchell Daly each drove in a run.
West Virginia: 7 Baylor: 6
The Mountaineers jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the game, but Baylor answered with a big third and fourth inning. The Bears scored five out of their six runs in those two innings. West Virginia would bring in a run in the fourth, but Baylor found themselves with a 6-4 lead after Chase Neumann’s hit. Then came the Mountaineers. In the eighth inning, J.J. Wetherholt knocked in a run and then a bases loaded walk help tie the game at six and believe it or not, another bases loaded walk in the ninth help West Virginia take game one of the series.
Kansas: 13 Illinois State: 9