We are in the eighth full weekend of conference play as eight Big 12 teams 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.
#9 Texas Tech: 9
#3 Oklahoma State: 3
Move over Oklahoma State because Texas Tech is coming to take the take the top spot in the Big 12. After a nail-biting win on Friday night, the Red Raiders dominated the Cowboys on Saturday evening. Cole Stilwell got things started with a double in the third inning but then Griffin Doersching hit yet another homerun for Oklahoma State to tie the game at one. But then the Red Raiders went crazy in the fifth inning scoring seven runs. Hudson White hit a home run to get things going before Owen Washburn capped off the inning with a grand slam. With their 8-1 lead, Texas Tech never looked back and took game two to take the series.
West Virginia: 9
If you enjoy a lot of offense, then this was the game for you on Saturday afternoon. The Mountaineers got off to a quick 2-0 jump but Oklahoma’s Tanner Tredaway hit a three-run shot to give the Sooners the lead in the third inning. West Virginia would recapture the lead just an inning later as Braden Barry and McGwire Holbrook helped their team go up 6-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. But the Sooners kept creeping closer and closer with every West Virginia run. Peyton Graham hit a two-run blast to pull within a run, but Braden Barry came up big yet again hitting his own two-run homer to give his team a three-run lead going into the final frame. Oklahoma would end up scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to make the comeback. With West Virginia’s win, this series will now be decided on Sunday afternoon.
Kansas State: 7
On Friday night, it was Baylor who struck first but this time it was Kansas State who started off hot. The Wildcats started the game scoring two runs in the first inning before Justin Mitchell hit a solo blast to make it a 3-0 game, but the scoring didn’t stop there. After Mitchell’s home run, Jeff Heinrich knocked in a pair of runs to make it a 5-0 ballgame. Baylor would eventually get on the board thanks to Jared McKenzie and even tied the game at five after Tre Richardson’s three-run bomb. However, Kansas State had the last laugh as Justin Mitchell came up with a big hit in the seventh inning to help seal the deal. These two will play one more time on Sunday to determine the series winner.
After beating up on Kansas Friday night, TCU decided to deliver yet another knockout blow to the Jayhawks on Saturday. The Horned Frogs scored a whopping thirty runs on the day and had a 7-0 lead after the first inning. TCU kept their foot on the gas the entire game and Porter Brown was unstoppable. Brown went deep twice and one of them was a grand slam. He finished the game with an eye popping ten RBIs. Behind him was Gray Rodgers who knocked in seven runs of his own. Kansas had no answer for the bats of TCU and to be honest this looked like a college team playing against a little league team.