We are in the final weekend of conference play as all 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 Friday night.
#5 Texas Tech: 6
Forget about the records and the rankings because the hottest Big 12 baseball team hails from Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners had a big night on Thursday to start the series and they continued that momentum on Friday. Blake Robertson hit a two-run bomb to get on the board first. Wallace Clark and Peyton Graham would also help the Sooners get out to a 4-0 lead. Ty Coleman would finally get Texas Tech on the scoreboard, but Oklahoma just kept on scoring runs. Peyton Graham and Kendall Pettis had a pair of key hits and thanks to a throwing error, the Sooners had a 9-2 lead after five innings and never looked back. With the win, Oklahoma wins their fifth straight series, and it would be huge to complete a sweep as they have a chance to clinch a share of a Big 12 title.
#8 Oklahoma State: 11
So far this has been a high scoring series and that trend continued on Friday night. With the game tied at one, both teams had a monster fifth inning as each team scored four runs. The difference was that Oklahoma State didn’t stop scoring after the fifth inning. Caeden Trenkle broke the tie with his RBI double before Jake Thompson drove in another run. Marcus Brown and David Mendham would also provide some insurance runs to seal the deal for the Cowboys. Now with the series tied at one, these two will face off on Saturday for the series.
West Virginia: 15
Kansas State: 4
Talk about déjà vu because the Mountaineers won by the exact same score on Thursday. Braden Barry got the party going with two-run blast and then West Virginia had a huge fourth inning scoring a whopping eight runs. With that big lead, the Mountaineers never looked back and took the game. Also, Ben Hampton was solid on the mound for West Virginia as he struck out eight batters on the evening. With the win, the Mountaineers have taken the series in just two games as they look to complete a sweep on Saturday.
#22 Texas: 8
Much like the matchup on Thursday night, the Texas Longhorns took it to the Kansas Jayhawks. Texas jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead as Eric Kennedy and Ivan Melendez hit homers to start things off. For Melendez, it was his 28th home run of the season which ties him for the most in school history in a single season. As Melendez continues to crush baseballs at an absurd rate his teammates were also raking on Friday night. Kennedy would end up hitting his second home run of the game and then Austin Todd joined the party as well. It was another easy victory for the Longhorns as they look for the sweep on Saturday. While this may not be the most exciting matchup, I will be interested to see if Ivan Melendez can break the single season home run record.
#24 TCU: 10
Santa Clara: 3