Texas Tech has been an enigma all season. They’ve won some great games, including last week’s sweep in Stillwater. And they lost a few games, especially the midweek games, that didn’t make sense. One thing was for sure: they were almost perfect at home. Until he got to the town of Oklahoma. The Sooners lasted longer than the Red Raiders on Thursday and Friday, but Tech bounced back on Sunday.
Texas and West Virginia both shared their series at two schools in Kansas. And Baylor had a miraculous comeback on Thursday to remove one from Oklahoma State. The best weekend for the Big 12 team was the one that didn’t play a conference series: TCU. The Frogs made their series against Santa Clara. After OU won on Thursday, Frogs knew they had won part of the Big 12 title. Then after Tech won on Saturday, Frogs knew they were the conference champions.
Here’s a summary of last weekend’s lecture series (rankings are based on last week’s Top 25 on D1Baseball.com)
# 22 Texas (39-17, 14-10) vs. Kansas (20-33, 4-20)
Texas won the series 3-0
Texas knew they had to keep pace with West Virginia to stay at least 5th in the tournament. The Longhorns had no problems with Kansas, scoring three games and beating the Jayhawks 31-11.
Thursday: Texas won 12-4. (Winning pitcher – Pete Hansen; Losing pitcher – Daniel Hegarty)
Friday: Texas won 8-1. (Winning pitcher – Lucas Gordon; Losing pitcher – Cole Larsen)
Saturday: Texas won 11-6. (Pitcher Winner – Jared Southard; Pitcher Winner – Kolby Dougan; Save – Aaron Nixon)
Kansas State (27-27, 8-16) vs. West Virginia (33-20, 14-10)
West Virginia won the series 3-0
The Mountaineers managed to finish the season at home against K-State. Their goal was to do better than Texas to jump to the top of the tournament, but both teams eliminated the respective series. WVU had a tremendous 15-4 on Thursday and enjoyed the lead so much that they repeated it on Friday.
Thursday: West Virginia won 15-4. (Pitcher Winner – Jacob Watters; Pitcher Winner – Blake Adams)
Friday: West Virginia won 15-4. (Pitcher winner – Ben Hampton; Pitcher loser – German Fajardo)
Saturday: West Virginia won 5-1. (Pitcher Winner – Aiden Major; Pitcher Winner – Dylan Phillips; Save – Trey Braithwaite
# 5 Texas Tech (36-18, 15-9) vs. Oklahoma (33-20, 15-9)
Oklahoma won the series 2-1
After exploring OSU last weekend, Texas Tech seemed invincible. But the Sooners came to Lubbock and took over the business. If the Sooners had taken the series, they would have been champions and first place finishers in the tournament. After a dominant win on Thursday and Friday night, it looked like they were on their way to it. Tech was able to bounce back and avoid the sweep with a major rivalry on Saturday.
Thursday: Oklahoma won 13-8. (Pitcher Winner – Jake Bennett; Pitcher Loser – Andrew Morris)
Friday: Oklahoma won 9-6. (Pitcher Winner – David Sandlin; Pitcher Winner – Brandon Birdsell; Save – Trevin Michael)
Saturday: Texas Tech won 10-2. (Pitcher Winner – Chase Hampton; Pitcher Loser – Cade Horton)
Baylor (26-26, 7-17) vs. 8. Oklahoma State (36-18, 15-9)
Oklahoma State won the series 2-1
The first match between the two was an epic one. OSU was trying to bounce back after a sweep by Tech last weekend. And they had a big difference, 11-3. But the Bears found a way to get the job done, tying the game at 8 p.m.th and then in the ninth he hit a home run on a 2-knot walk to get the win. OSU would win both games on Friday and Saturday.
Thursday: Baylor won 13-11. (Pitcher Winner – Adam Muirhead; Pitcher Winner – Hueston Morrill)
Friday: Oklahoma State won 11-5. (Pitcher Winner – Justin Campbell; Pitcher Winner – Mason Marriott)
Saturday: Oklahoma State won 9-5. (Pitcher Winner – Mitchell Stone; Pitcher Winner – Matt Voelker; Save – Nolan McLean)
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