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 Saturday.
#6 Texas Tech: 14 Kansas State: 0
The score here tells the whole story of this game. Texas Tech showed us all the power of their lineup and just took it to Kansas State. Kurt Wilson led the team with four RBIs highlighted by his three-run homer in the first inning. As good as Tech’s bats were on Saturday, Kansas State had a few errors and mistakes that helped the Red Raiders score. While the bats were hot, so was Texas Tech starting pitcher Brandon Birdsell who struck out twelve batters and allowed just a single hit in six innings of work. That type of performance would earn Big 12 pitcher of the week in my book, but I don’t think it will top what Pete Hanson did for Texas on Friday night against TCU. Either way, Texas Tech took this series in the first two games.
#6 Oklahoma State: 8 Oklahoma: 7
On Friday night, it was Oklahoma who made the late comeback and on Saturday night it was Oklahoma State’s turn to do it. While the Cowboys got out to an early 3-0 lead, Oklahoma was able to tie the game in the third inning. Then things got interesting in the seventh inning as the Sooners scored four runs to give them a 7-4 advantage. Although they were down, Oklahoma State was not out as Nolan McLean started the comeback with a solo homer before Caeden Trenkle drove in a run in the eighth inning. In that eighth inning, Roc Riggio hit a two-run blast to tie the game at seven. Then of course in the ninth, another whacky play helped seal the deal as a wild pitch helped the Cowboys get the final run across and the game two victory.
#23 TCU: 7 #7 Texas: 5
It was tough game for Texas pitcher Tristan Stevens. TCU got out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning as an error and a Tommy Sacco RBI got the Frogs on the board early. Then after Brayden Taylor’s three-run bomb, that was pretty much it for Stevens after just two innings. With the Horned Frogs up 6-1, Texas had a big hill to climb although they certainly made things interesting fairly quickly after Dylan Campbell’s home run in the fourth inning. However, Texas would fall short despite another home run by Campbell in the ninth inning. With TCU’s win, the series is now tied at one as the game three winner will take the series on Sunday.
West Virginia: 8 Baylor: 4
West Virginia had a 2-1 lead before Baylor’s Jared McKenzie tied the game in the sixth inning with a solo shot. Then it was time for the Mountaineers to take over scoring six runs in just two innings. Victor Scott led the charge with four RBIs and McGwire Holbrook capped it off with an RBI single to give West Virginia an 8-2 lead. Baylor would end up scoring two runs in the ninth inning, but it was too little too late for the Bears as West Virginia takes the series in just two games.
Kansas: 6 Illinois State: 2