We are in the fifth 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.
#21 TCU: 6
#3 Oklahoma State: 4
After getting blown out on Friday night, the Horned Frogs responded with a much-needed win on Saturday. Tommy Sacco continued his hot streak going deep in the first inning to put TCU up early, but Oklahoma State would tie the game up in the same inning. In the next two innings, Elijah Nunez would put a run up before Luke Boyers opened the game up for TCU going yard as he hit a three-run blast to put his team on top 6-1. From there, the Frogs never looked back as the Cowboys tried to play catch up for the entire game. Now with the series tied, these two will battle it out on Sunday.
#10 Texas: 13
After Jared McKenzie’s homer run, Baylor had a 3-1 lead on the Longhorns. But it didn’t last long because Texas responded quickly and had a 6-3 lead after an Ivan Melendez bomb. Texas would continue to pour on the runs throughout the game as Silas Ardoin and Douglas Hodo would hit home runs late in the game. Neither starting pitcher was great on Saturday but thanks to the powerful offense of Texas, they were able to take the series in the first two games as they look to complete the sweep on Sunday.
#9 Texas Tech: 7
West Virginia: 5
Easton Murrell got the series started off with a bang hitting a solo jack to put Tech up 1-0 but the Mountaineers came storming back scoring a total of five runs in the second and third inning. Two of those runs came by throwing errors from Texas Tech but it didn’t matter because Texas Tech woke up immediately with their own rally in the third inning. In that inning Tech scored four runs which was highlighted by Kurt Wilson’s three-run homer. While he did struggle a bit early on, Texas Tech starting pitcher Andrew Morris was able to pitch a full game and didn’t allow a single run in his last six innings on the mound.
#9 Texas Tech: 12
West Virginia: 2
Game two of the doubleheader was supposed to be a pitching battle between Ben Hampton (West Virginia) and Brandon Birdsell (Texas Tech). That didn’t happen as the Red Raiders crushed Hampton as he lasted just three innings on the mound. Kurt Wilson and Owen Washburn each hit a homer as Texas Tech won this game with ease in just eight innings due to a run rule. While Ben Hampton was struggling for West Virginia, Brandon Birdsell did his thing pitching all eight innings as he struck out nine batters on the day. Saturday ended up being a great day for the Red Raiders as they took the series in the first two games.
After blowing out Kansas in game one, the Sooners needed to come from behind to win this one. David Sandlin took the mound for Oklahoma was pulled in the fourth inning due to the fact that Kansas was able to get a 5-1 lead. Once Sandlin left, Oklahoma shut down the Kansas offensive attack and had their own offense surge in the ninth inning as they were able to tie the game at six due to an error. This game would finally end in the fourteenth inning as Tanner Tredaway hit a sac-fly to put the Sooners on top. It was a close call, but Oklahoma was able to win a series on the road for the first time in conference play this season.
UC Irvine: 16
Kansas State: 7