Saturday Big 12 Baseball Six-Pack: Kansas Upsets West Virginia While TCU Takes Series Against Oklahoma State
Is there anything better than cold beer and baseball? It’s a combination that is hard to beat during the season. No matter what kind of beer you drink (or how many), let’s take a look at some of the best action on the Big 12 baseball diamond from Saturday with a nice six pack.
Kansas State at #21 Texas
Once again, the Kansas State/Texas game was my favorite game to watch. After a thrilling comeback from Texas on Friday night, it was Kansas State’s turn to return the favor. The Wildcats got on the board first in the fourth inning when Cole Johnson and Roberto Pena knocked in a pair of runs to give Kansas State a 2-0 lead. But Texas quickly responded in the same inning as Garret Guillemette and Jack O’Dowd each drove in two runs to put Texas on top 4-2. Peyton Powell’s home run in the fifth inning would give Texas a three-run lead but it wasn’t safe for long.
Brendan Jones hit a solo blast in the sixth inning before Kansas State had a magical seventh inning where they scored three more runs thanks to a couple of sac-flies and a Roberto Pena RBI.
That seventh inning was enough to give Kansas State a one run lead and they held on for the victory. Now these two teams will face off in a rubber match on Sunday as the winner will take the series.
Kansas over #24 West Virginia
I could have gone with Baylor beating Oklahoma, but it is hard to ignore what Kansas did on Saturday. This was an old-fashioned shoot out in Morgantown as both teams scored a lot of runs. The Jayhawks scored six runs in the first five innings before West Virginia pulled within one in the sixth inning. Both teams traded runs in the seventh before Kansas finally separated themselves by scoring three insurance runs in the eighth inning thanks to a Jake English homer run and a few errors by West Virginia. With the win, Kansas won the series and is now tied for first place in the Big 12. What a weekend it has been for the Jayhawks so far and they have a chance to complete the sweep on Sunday.
I just don’t understand this Oklahoma team. They started off conference play by beating TCU and then got swept by Kansas State the following week. Last weekend they split against a top ten Stanford team, and they followed that up with a series loss to a bad Baylor team on Saturday. This team is extremely unpredictable, and I am not sure what to make of them just yet. However, if they don’t show some consistency then there is no way they are going to make the postseason.
TCU DH Kurtis Byrne
Kurtis had a big day on Saturday as he hit a three-run blast in the second inning and then added another RBI due to a walk in the eighth to add to TCU’s lead. His performance played a big role in TCU’s series win over Oklahoma State.
Pitcher of the Day
Baylor RHP Will Rigney
There weren’t many great performances on the mound on Saturday. However, Will Rigney had a solid game against Oklahoma. He pitched six innings and allowed just one run while striking out five batters. Will helped Baylor win the rubber match against Oklahoma to give his team their second series win of the season.
Best Home Run
Kansas C Jake English
Jake’s home run in the eighth inning added an insurance run for Kansas as they took down #24 West Virginia on Saturday.
TCU: 12, #16 Oklahoma State: 5
Kansas State: 6, #21 Texas: 5
#22 Texas Tech: 8, North Dakota State: 5 (Game 1)
#22 Texas Tech: 8, North Dakota State: 3 (Game 2)
Kansas: 10, #24 West Virginia: 7
Baylor: 5, Oklahoma: 3