We are in the fourth full weekend of conference play 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 Thursday night. Keep in mind, the Oklahoma State/West Virginia series will start on Friday.
TCU: 7 #4 Texas Tech: 4
This game started out as a great pitching duel between Riley Cornelio (TCU) and Andrew Morris (Texas Tech). Both pitchers kept the other team scoreless until Texas Tech got on the board first in the fourth inning as Owen Washburn and Parker Kelly drove in a pair of runs. TCU would answer in the next inning thanks to Hunter Teplanszky, but it was the sixth inning that gave TCU their first lead. In that inning, Tommy Sacco went yard to tie the game before Kurtis Byrne and Luke Boyers were able to bring in some runs. But the craziness didn’t stop there because Texas Tech’s Easton Murrell blasted a two-run shot to tie the game at four in the seventh inning.
While Easton’s homer would be the final runs scored for Texas Tech, TCU didn’t back down answering with their own scores in the bottom of the seventh inning. Brayden Taylor and Reed Spenrath put two more runs up for the Horned Frogs and then Gray Rodgers added a final insurance run in the eighth as he went deep. This was a great game and when both starting pitchers broke down, TCU’s bullpen stepped up and their bats stayed hot. With the win, the Frogs take game one of the series and just need one more to take it.
Kansas State: 8 #7 Texas: 5
This game was all Texas in the first few innings as Silas Ardoin homered to help get Texas a 2-0 lead early on. Kansas State’s Dylan Phillips would respond with a home run of his own, but Texas would top that with two more dingers in the next inning thanks to Dylan Campbell and Douglas Hodo to give the Longhorns a 5-1 lead. But then Texas pitcher Pete Hanson started struggling as Kansas State went on an offensive attack.
Dylan Phillips would go on to hit his second home run of the game before Cole Johnson added another run in the sixth inning as well. That helped Kansas State pull within two runs, but that Texas lead wouldn’t last much longer. Jeff Heinrich would go yard with a solo shot and then an error helped the Wildcats tie the game at five. Kansas State would get some late game heroics from Nick Goodwin in the seventh inning as he blasted a three-run bomb to put the Wildcats on top to get the victory. It was a huge Thursday night upset and gives Kansas State just their second conference win of the year.
Kansas: 3 Baylor: 2
What a huge way to start the series for the Jayhawks. They go on the road and take game one against Baylor. Starting pitcher Daniel Hegarty pitched a full game as he allowed just two runs throughout the entire game. He played excellent on Thursday night as Baylor struggled to get runs across the plate. Meanwhile Kansas took the lead in the fifth inning as Chase Jans and Tavian Josenberger led the charge at the plate scoring two runs. Kansas didn’t need a ton of offense on Thursday due to the pitching and now they have two chances to steal a series in Waco on Friday and Saturday.
Oklahoma: 7 Pacific: 3