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Three Thoughts on Friday’s Big 12 Super Regional Games

The road to Omaha began last week as 64 teams started their postseason journey. Now the field has been cut down to just 16 as we head to the Super Regionals. There are just two Big 12 teams left with West Virginia and Kansas State. The Mountaineers traveled to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina while Kansas State went to Charlottesville to face Virginia. Unfortunately, both teams ended up falling short on Friday night. Here are my three thoughts on day one from the Super Regionals.

Friday’s Scores

North Carolina: 8, West Virginia: 6

Virginia: 7, Kansas State: 4

 

West Virginia Collapsed

There’s no easy way to sugar coat it, this loss really hurt for West Virginia. Despite being down 4-1 in the third inning, the Mountaineers didn’t blink and started playing some great baseball.

Kyle West drove in a run in the fourth inning to pull West Virginia within two before Reed Chumley hit a two-run bomb to tie the game at four.

But the Mountaineers weren’t done just yet. In that same inning Kyle West went deep to give West Virginia a two-run lead.

Meanwhile, starting pitcher Derek Clark found his groove on the mound after giving up some early runs. But things started going south late and Clark got pulled in the ninth inning. In that final inning, Luke Stevenson tied the game with his solo blast before Vance Honeycutt hit a walk off two-run home run to win the game for North Carolina.

 

Kansas State Ran Out of Gas

Things started off great for Kansas State. After Kaelen Culpepper’s two-run double, the Wildcats found themselves up 3-0 in the third inning.

Unfortunately, things fell apart in the fifth inning as starting pitcher Owen Boerema gave up a pair of runs and then Blake Dean came in and struggled as well.

By the time the sixth inning was over, Virginia had a 4-3 lead but that didn’t last long. Kansas State’s David Bishop hit a solo blast to tie the game in the seventh.

However, later in that inning Henry Godbout gave the Cavaliers the lead back with a three-run shot.

After that happened, Kansas State couldn’t find the offense to score again and fell short.

Win or Go Home

As bad as today was for both West Virginia and Kansas State, they need to shake it off. The last thing these teams want to do is hang their heads and let Friday night’s disappointment creep into game two. Saturday is a new day which means a fresh opportunity to get a win and even things up. These two teams are going to have to use everything they have to stay alive because if they don’t, then their seasons will end, and they will be sent packing. The Big 12 has had a team make it to Omaha ever years since 2013 (minus the COVID year) and I would hate for that streak to end now.

 

Saturday’s Schedule

Kansas State at Virginia (2:00 PM CT) (ESPNU)

West Virginia at North Carolina (7:00) (ESPN2)

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