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 Sunday.
#21 TCU: 7
Oklahoma State: 6
Both teams went into Sunday with a win a piece so Sunday’s matchup would determine the series winner. Oklahoma State scored first but TCU responded with two home runs in the third inning thanks to Luke Boyers and Tommy Sacco. That gave TCU a 3-1 lead, but it didn’t last long. In the fourth inning, Nolan McLean and Caeden Trenkle brought in a pair of runs and a walk also helped the Cowboys recapture the lead. TCU’s Luke Boyers would tie the game at four in the sixth inning before Gray Rodgers drove in a run to put TCU back on top. Rodgers would once again have a key hit later in the ballgame to extend his team’s lead by three in the ninth inning.
Of course, there had to be drama in game three due to the fact the Oklahoma State was able to score two runs in the final frame and even had the winning run on base. However, TCU’s Garrett Wright shut the door with a strikeout to end the game. It was a huge win for TCU, and they now have put themselves in a great spot to take control of the Big 12.
#10 Texas: 13
Another game against Baylor meant another offensive firework show for the Texas Longhorns. In the first two innings, Texas hit three bombs as Murphy Stehly, Austin Todd, and Ivan Melendez all went deep. For Melendez, it was his 20th home run of the season which is something that only three other players in program history have done. Texas wouldn’t let up either and in the fifth inning, Skyler Messinger hit a two-run blast to put Texas on top 9-2. But of course, this game wouldn’t have been complete without one more thing which was ANOTHER IVAN MELENDEZ home run. After a disappointing effort against Kansas State last weekend, Texas comes back to Austin and takes care of business by sweeping the Baylor Bears.
West Virginia: 15
#9 Texas Tech: 4
It was a late effort, but West Virginia managed to avoid getting swept down in Lubbock. The Mountaineers were up by just a single run going into the ninth inning before they got hot scoring a whopping ten runs in the ninth inning. Despite the loss, Texas Tech still took care of business on Saturday taking the first two games however they appear to have some pitching issues as of late. They really need to find some more arms because they have the offense to beat anyone in the country. As for West Virginia, they drop their second straight series and will need to bounce back against Kansas next weekend.
The score of this game sums up the entire series that took place in Lawrence, Kansas this weekend. The Sooners absolutely crushed the Jayhawks and took them to the cleaners on Sunday afternoon. Jimmy Crooks hit a home run and so did Blake Robertson who had a monster weekend with eleven hits in the series. With the win, Oklahoma completed the sweep over Kansas and Sunday’s game provided a few interesting stats for the Oklahoma baseball program.
Kansas State: 5
UC Irvine: 3
After falling apart on Saturday, Kansas State was able to bounce back and take the series against UC Irvine on Sunday afternoon. It was nice to see the Wildcats continue their momentum after beating Texas a week ago. Next weekend they will travel to Norman, Oklahoma to face the Sooners.