Upsets are often in college baseball, but rarely is an entire conference put on notice in the span of one weekend. The Big 12 fell victim to a rush of upsets over the course of the weekend, as multiple ranked teams went down in surprising fashion. That combined with an embarrassing series loss by Oklahoma has shaken up the Big 12 landscape yet again. Let’s break it down!
The biggest Big 12 series of the weekend came when Texas traveled over to Oklahoma State for a three game set. The two teams were set to kick things off on Friday Night, but a rain storm pushed the game to later on in the weekend. Later on ended up meaning Saturday, as the Longhorns and Pokes played two. Texas got their weekend off to a good start with a 4-3 victory in Game 1 of the doubleheader. Ty Madden put out an impressive performance for his club as he struck out 12 batters in his six innings of work. Madden has now struck out batters in 11 consecutive innings,a mark very few can replicate. Madden’s strong performance combined with an average game at the plate for the Longhorns gave them a 403 win to start things off.
Strong pitching again was the story for the Longhorns in Game 2, as Tristan Stevens pitched a good 7 innings en route to a 5-2 victory. 3 Long balls also helped out Texas, as Ivan Melendez deposited a shot to extend the lead and rack up his 9th bomb on the year. That win pushed Texas’ win streak up to 16 games, one of the most impressive in the country, and the Longhorn;s 9th longest in program history.
The Horns looked to extend the win streak to 17 on Sunday, but Oklahoma State was ready. The home ball club jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first two innings and never looked back. 3 homer runs for Oklahoma State salvaged the series, with the final game swinging their way by a score of 7-3.
TCU looked impressive this week, going 3-1 with 2 victories over conference rival Kansas. The Horned Frogs continue their rise in the top 25, sliding all the way up to #5 according to D1 Baseball.
Unfortunately for the Big 12, that’s where the playoff quality baseball stopped, as Texas Tech saw a rough weekend take place hosting Baylor. In both the Friday and Sunday games, Baylor put up over 10 runs which was way too much for the Red Raiders. These offensive performances were really a whole team effort from the Bears, as each player in the lineup managed a hit between both days. Saturday was a bit of a different story, as Texas Tech managed to pull out a 4-1 victory behind a stellar mound performance. Micah Dallas was the man for the Red Raiders on Saturday, throwing 7 innings of 1 run baseball. 10 strikeouts were tallied by the Sophomore, a great showing that allows the now #11 Red Raiders to grab one victory.
Outside of those three series’ was action by Kansas State, West Virginia and Oklahoma. K-STATE had a solid 2-1 series win vs the Mountaineers, and had the chance to win 3. Alternatively, Oklahoma did not have a weekend to write home about, as out of conference opponent Georgia State came in and embarrassed The Sooners on their home turf. Oklahoma managed to salvage a good win in the last game of the series. However, there needs to be some serious reflection by the Sooners if they want to make any noise beyond the regular season.
With only a few weeks left in the Big 12 race, it seems as though Texas and TCU will be running away with this one. However, there’s more baseball to play and we will be right here to cover it all. Keep it locked right here for everything Big 12 and beyond!
Stay safe, stay well and be kind to one another as we barrel towards Omaha!