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Five Thoughts From Day Two of The Big 12 Conference Baseball Tournament

NCAA Baseball: Big 12 Conference Baseball Championship

What a day it was up in Arlington for the Big 12 Conference Baseball Tournament. We saw a total of four Big 12 games on Thursday and it was non-stop jam-packed action from morning until the late-night hours.

As we continue to make our way through the tourney, I have a few thoughts from the second full day of Big 12 baseball action. Here were the final scores from yesterday’s games.

#4 Oklahoma State Defeats #8 Baylor 11-1

#7 Kansas State defeats #6 West Virginia 8-5

#5 Texas defeats #1 TCU 5-3

#3 Oklahoma defeats #2 Texas Tech 6-3

 

1. The Oklahoma State Bats Woke Up

After being dominated by Texas pitcher Pete Hansen on Wednesday morning, the Cowboys offense found some life against Baylor on Thursday morning. It was a tie game until Griffin Doersching blasted a three-run bomb to give Oklahoma State the lead. Roc Riggio would add a solo blast later in the game and then the Cowboys would go on to score even more runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Speaking of seven innings, that is all it took to beat Baylor due to the run rule. Of course, I can’t forget about ace pitcher Justin Campbell who had ten strikeouts on the day.

2. Kansas State Stays Alive

In a 3-3 ballgame going into the fifth inning, Kansas State caught fire at the plate. Justin Mitchell drove in a run to give the Wildcats the lead before Dominic Johnson went yard. Dylan Phillips would also dive in a run to help Kansas State pull away even further. With the win, Kansas State will face Texas Tech in an elimination game. Keep in mind, the Wildcats lost to the Red Raiders on Wednesday.

 

3. The Texas Pitchers Are on Fire

On Wednesday Pete Hansen put on a show against a good Oklahoma State team and Lucas Gordon had a good day as well on Thursday against TCU. Gordon pitched almost eight full innings and allowed just two hits against the Horned Frogs. So far through eighteen innings in this tournament, the Longhorns pitching staff has allowed just a total of seven hits. That’s pretty impressive considering the two teams they have played so far this week.

4. Can Anyone Beat Oklahoma?

I said before the week even started that Oklahoma was my favorite to win the Big 12 tournament. They are playing the best baseball out of any team in the conference and have won five straight series coming in. They took care of business on Wednesday night against West Virginia and handily beat a top ten Texas Tech team on Thursday evening. Jake Bennett was excellent on the mound against a great Texas Tech lineup. Bennett went nearly eight full innings and had a career high twelve strikeouts on the evening. It’s not very often someone shuts down Texas Tech, but Jake was able to do that which was pretty incredible. It also helps when offense can help good pitching and that is exactly what he got as Jackson Nicklaus hit a three-run blast in the second inning. Of course, Peyton Graham was able to get a few runs across as well with his two-run single in the seventh inning.

 

5. Good-Bye Baylor and West Virginia

After Thursday’s games we saw two teams go home with Baylor and West Virginia. The good news for West Virginia is that they will be playing in the postseason but unfortunately for Baylor, their season is done.

Friday’s Schedule

Elimination Games

#1 TCU vs #3 Oklahoma State (3:15 p.m. CT)

#2 Texas Tech vs #7 Kansas State (7:00 p.m. CT)

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