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 Saturday.
TCU: 11 #4 Texas Tech 3
What a weekend for the TCU Horned Frogs. After dropping back-to-back series, TCU bounces back and completes a full sweep over a top five Texas Tech team. This game was never really close as TCU got off to a 3-0 lead and never looked back. Reed Spenrath had a good game, but Elijah Nunez was on fire driving in a whopping five runs on the afternoon. Of course, starting pitcher Brett Walker pitched well in his six innings on the mound. Overall, it was a great weekend for TCU who now have put themselves back into the Big 12 title race. As for Texas Tech, they need to refocus and get back to work.
#7 Texas: 4 Kansas State: 2
After dropping the first two games and the series, the Longhorns needed to get a win on Saturday to avoid the sweep and they managed to do that. Texas was down 1-0 before Mitchell Daly and Murphy Stehly got them on the board with two runs. Kansas State would tie the game up in the fourth inning, but Texas took the lead in the sixth thanks to Dylan Campbell who hit an RBI double. The Longhorns would add a final insurance in the ninth inning, but they didn’t need it to close out the game. Texas really took one on the chin this weekend as Kansas State shocked the rest of the conference. The Wildcats are a sneaky good team, but they have made a ton of mistakes in tight games. It seemed like Kansas State was able to put some of that behind them as they had a big weekend taking a series against a top ten team.
West Virginia: 5 #5 Oklahoma State: 2
Ben Hampton didn’t have his best game on the mound, but it was enough to get the job done for the Mountaineers. Ben had some help from his teammates at the plate as Nathan Blasick and McGwire Holbrook hit a pair of home runs to give West Virginia an early 3-0 lead. Oklahoma State would put up a run in the fourth and fifth inning, but it wasn’t enough to beat West Virginia. With the win, the series is now tied and the winner of the matchup on Sunday will take the series.
Baylor: 6 Kansas: 5
It was Kansas who got off to a quick start jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, but Baylor answered back in the third inning tying the game after a Tre Richardson single and a throwing error by Kansas. Nolan Metcalf and Cooper McMurray would help Kansas put two more on the board to take the lead back, but Baylor once again responded with a run in the fifth and sixth inning. The Bears would take their first lead of the game in the seventh inning as Jack Pineda and Kyle Nevin hit homers to help give Baylor the series win. It was a much-needed victory for the Bears as they win their first conference series of the season.
Oklahoma: 10 Pacific: 2