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Saturday Big 12 Baseball Six-Pack: TCU Takes Down UCLA While Oklahoma State Shocks #2 Arkansas

Josh Holliday

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.

Best Game

Oklahoma State vs #2 Arkansas

If you like seeing a bunch of runs scored, this wasn’t the game for you, but it was entertaining to watch. What we saw on Saturday night in Arlington was a good old fashioned pitching battle between Brady Tygart (Arkansas) and Brian Holiday (Oklahoma State). Both guys pitched six innings and only Holiday gave up a run.

 

In the bottom of the ninth inning, down to their last two outs, Oklahoma State tied the game up at one when Aidan Meola came up with a clutch hit.

After that, the two teams would trade close calls but neither team scored for the next four innings.

Finally in the bottom of the 14th inning, Lane Forsythe was able to bunt in a run to win the game. Between the crazy plays and poor umpiring, this was certainly and instant classic.

 

Best Win

#5 TCU over #20 UCLA

As good as beating a Top 25 is, it’s even better when you can take the series and that is exactly what TCU did on Saturday evening in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs scored twice early in the game before UCLA pulled within one.

This game was won in the sixth inning for TCU. In that inning, Logan Maxwell bunted in a run and then Kurtis Byrne crushed a three-run homer to break the game wide open.

From there, TCU was able to hold on for the win. Now they look to complete the sweep on Sunday.

Worst Loss

#24 Kansas State

The Wildcats gave up too many runs on Friday yet found a way to win the game. Saturday turned out to be a different story though. Kansas State used five pitchers and all of them got torched. Despite putting up 10 runs of their own, it still wasn’t enough to get the job done against a mediocre Holy Cross team. Now Kansas State has to win on Sunday to take the series.

 

Saturday MVP

West Virginia C Logan Sauve

In the first game of the doubleheader, West Virginia catcher Logan Sauve went off. He started the game with a solo blast to center and then knocked in another run in the second inning.

Logan would follow that up with another pair of hits that helped bring in three more runs, bringing his RBI total to five in the first game on Saturday.

Pitcher of the Day

Oklahoma State RHP Brian Holiday

There were a couple of other pitchers who had great days, but Brian had an outstanding performance against the number two team in the country. He pitched six full innings and gave up just a single run. Arkansas has a dangerous lineup and the fact that Brian was able to shut them down was very impressive.

Best Home Run

Oklahoma CF John Spikerman

In the first game of their doubleheader, John Spikerman completely destroyed a baseball. That poor ball had a family and John completely gave it a new home.

Full Scoreboard

Cincinnati: 6, Ball State: 6

Cincinnati: 10, Illinois: 3

Washington State: 5, Kansas: 4

UC Davis: 9, BYU: 5

UCF: 9, Samford: 6

Houston: 7, St. John’s: 2

West Virginia: 8, Charlotte: 1 (Game One)

Charlotte: 3, West Virginia: 2 (Game Two)

Oklahoma: 14, Wright State: 9 (Game One)

Oklahoma: 10, Wright State: 3 (Game Two)

Holy Cross: 13, #24 Kansas State: 10

#22 Indiana: 6, Baylor: 1

#19 Texas Tech: 20, Texas Southern: 4

#16 Texas: 6, Cal Poly: 0

#5 TCU: 6, #20 UCLA: 3

Oklahoma State: 2, #2 Arkansas: 1

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