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Big 12 Baseball Weekend Preview and Picks: First-Place Cowboys Travel to TCU

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Big 12 baseball is officially in full swing as we are starting to get a feel for how the conference hierarchy is going to play out this season.

It felt like just yesterday opening weekend was here and now we are entering the fourth weekend of conference play.

Let’s take a look at the upcoming weekend for Big 12 baseball. Keep in mind, the majority of the series this week will start on Thursday, due to the Easter Holiday.


#16 Oklahoma State at TCU

I always tell you which series to watch and this is the one for the Big 12. The Cowboys are in first place in the conference standings while the Horned Frogs have lost two series in Big 12 play already. Despite some injuries, Oklahoma State has been impressive. Their offense continues to produce with Roc Riggio, Nolan Schubart, Carson Benge, Chase Adkison, and David Mendham. That lineup is good enough to compete with anybody. Even with TCU’s pitching with Cam Brown and Kole Klecker, I still like the Cowboys offense.

As for TCU’s offense, it has looked a lot better over the last two weeks. Brayden Taylor, Austin Davis, and Cole Fontenelle have combined for 24 home runs so far this season and Tre Richardson has been extremely consistent as well. That is good news considering how good Juaron Watts-Brown has been on the mound for Oklahoma State. Plus, I really like some of the arms the Cowboys have coming out of the bullpen with Isaac Stebens and Drew Blake. This will be a close series, but I think Oklahoma State is just a little bit better right now than TCU.

My Pick: Oklahoma State

Kansas State at #21 Texas

This is probably the second-best series of the weekend. Texas is still in a good spot despite dropping a series to Oklahoma State last weekend. They have already played Texas Tech and Oklahoma State so arguably their two toughest series are behind them. Texas had looked good over the past few weeks especially with Lucas Gordon pitching and the offense is still finding its groove with Eric Kennedy, Peyton Powell, and Porter Brown. However, I would like to see some of their other bats step up.

As for Kansas State, this is a series they could really use to boost up that resume. The Wildcats are on the outside looking in when it comes to the postseason in my opinion and a win here would be huge. Owen Boerema has been their go to man on the mound, but they could use some other help there. Also, their bats are streaky. While they are second in the Big 12 when it comes to home runs, they have the second worst batting average in the conference as well. Give me Texas at home in this one.

My Pick: Texas


North Dakota State at #22 Texas Tech

The Red Raiders take a break from Big 12 action as they will host a bad North Dakota State team, in a series that has been pushed back from a Thursday to a Friday start, due to the winter weather in the Fargo area. The Bison are 7-20 on the season and they shouldn’t give Texas Tech any issues in Lubbock. We all know the offense that Tech has led by Gavin Kash, but they also have Austin Green, Nolen Hester, Kevin Bazzell, Tracer Lopez, and Gage Harrelson batting over the .340 mark as well. The bats are there but I want to see more from the mound. Mason Molina has been their No. 1 starter, but who else can step up when needed? That’s what I want to see.

My Pick: Texas Tech 

Kansas at #24 West Virginia

This is the other series in the Big 12 that starts on Friday as both teams will play Game Three on Easter Sunday. But the dates don’t really matter because West Virginia should have no trouble this weekend. While Kansas is coming off their first conference sweep since 2019, they did it against a really bad Baylor team. Collin Baumgartner has been good for the Jayhawks on the mound, but I have a tough time seeing Kansas hold up against the bats of JJ Wetherholt, Caleb McNeely, and Braden Barry.

Meanwhile, Kansas doesn’t have the offense to really challenge West Virginia’s pitching because the duo of Blaine Traxel and Ben Hampton have been big for the Mountaineers.

My Pick: West Virginia 


Oklahoma at Baylor

These two teams are going in opposite directions right now. Oklahoma split their four-game series against a top ten Stanford team last weekend while Baylor got swept by Kansas. Oklahoma’s offense should give Baylor all they can handle because Anthony Mackenzie, Easton Carmichael, and Dakota Harris have been consistent at the plate this season. The Bears don’t have the arms to keep up with the Sooners and they don’t have enough offense of their own to win this series. In fact, Baylor has the worst ERA in the Big 12 and the worst batting average. Don’t be surprised to see the Sooners sweep here.

My Pick: Oklahoma

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