We are in the sixth 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.
#8 Oklahoma State: 10
#10 Texas: 8
As crazy as it sounds, Texas actually had a 7-0 lead going into the seventh inning. Then Oklahoma State woke up scoring a whopping ten runs in the seventh inning. A walk helped the Cowboys get on the board and then a grand slam by Griffin Doersching highlighted the big inning. Texas would add another run in the next inning when Trey Faltine went deep but it was too little too late for the Longhorns as the Cowboys finished off a clean sweep. It was a very disappointing weekend for Texas and for Oklahoma State, they are sitting in the driver’s seat for the Big 12 title race.
#9 Texas Tech: 7
After taking the first two games of the series, Texas Tech dropped the ball on Sunday. The Red Raiders used four pitchers in Sunday’s game as Baylor was able to score all eleven runs in the first four innings. Texas Tech was never able to catch up with the Bears but despite the loss, they did end up winning the series down in Waco due to winning the first two games. For Baylor, they needed to do whatever they could to avoid being swept and they took care of business in game three.
Kansas State: 8
The Sooners almost completed a three-game sweep over the Wildcats but just fell short on Sunday. Oklahoma had a 6-2 lead after Wallace Clark’s two-run double before the wheels came off. Kansas State was able to take the lead in the eighth inning thanks to a home run by Josh Nicoloff and Dominic Johnson. Even though the Sooners couldn’t complete the sweep, they still were able to take the series which was big. Oklahoma kept their postseason hopes alive with their two wins and they have really been swinging the bat well over the last couple of weeks. As for Kansas State, I think it is safe to say that they aren’t going to be winning a Big 12 title after this weekend.
West Virginia: 10
If you are a fan of pitching, then this game wasn’t for you. Both teams had to use five pitchers to finish the game. West Virginia got on the board first getting out to a 2-0 lead and had some help due to an error by Kansas. But then the Jayhawks were able to get the lead after the fourth inning. The Mountaineers would end up recapturing the lead just an inning later as Braden Barry, Nathan Blasick, and McGwire Holbrook all went yard giving West Virginia a 6-4 lead as they never looked back. This was an important game for the Mountaineers who have been looking for a weekend series win since the beginning of the month.
The TCU/Florida State game was cancelled on Sunday as the Frogs head back to Fort Worth losing both games from the weekend.