Kansas 5 #2 Texas 4
Junior Shaeffer Hall pitched seven strong innings, while Preston Land’s RBI single in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as Kansas knocked off No. 1 Texas, 5-4, Friday afternoon in the Big 12 baseball opener at Hoglund Ballpark.
KU’s win, the first for the Jayhawks over a top-ranked team since 1993, improves the team to 11-7 overall and 1-0 in conference play. Texas drops to 14-4 and 2-2 in the conference. The game also marked the first time the Jayhawks have won their first league game of the season since 2005.
The Jayhawks took advantage of a pair of Texas errors in the third to break out to a 4-0 lead and rode the arm of their left-handed ace.
Hall went seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts. After allowing a leadoff single to Travis Tucker, Hall retired the next 12 men he faced. The junior lefty improved to 2-1 on the season, battling through jams in his last three innings.
Missouri 3 #6 Texas A&M 2
For the second-straight week, Missouri junior Kyle Gibson picked up a complete game victory, as he struck out a career-high 16 batters in the Tigers’ 3-2 win over Texas A&M on Friday night at Taylor Stadium.
Gibson, who was the Big 12 Conference and National Pitcher of the Week last week, made a bid to repeat those honors, as he gave up just two runs on five hits. His only walk allowed on the night was an intentional pass in the eighth inning.
Gibson retired the first 10 batters to the plate and 18 of the first 19 he faced. He improved to 4-1 on the year and has 54 strikeouts in 39.0 innings pitched this season. He has struck out 40 in his last three starts. Gibson moved into the top-10 in career strikeouts at Missouri on Friday night. He has 227, which puts him in a tie for eighth place all-time.
Nebraska 11 #12 Oklahoma State 4
Cody Asche and Cody Neer combined to drive in six runs, as Nebraska picked up its second straight win, defeating No. 11 Oklahoma State, 11-4 Friday afternoon.
Neer matched his career high with four RBIs, going 2-for-5, while Asche, who was not in the Husker lineup until about 15 minutes before first pitch, drove in two more, keying a five-run fourth inning against All-Big 12 pitcher Andrew Oliver.
Trailing 3-0, the Huskers (13-6-1, 2-2 Big 12) erupted for five runs off of the Cowboy ace, all coming with two outs. The Huskers loaded the bases on pair of singles and a walk. Jeff Tezak was down 1-2 to Oliver, but fought back to draw a walk to plate the Huskers first run. Neer kept the inning alive by sending an 0-2 offering to center for a two-run double to tie the score before Asche ripped another 0-2 pitch into the corner in left for a triple, scoring two more and giving the Huskers a two-run lead.
Kansas State 9 #14 Oklahoma 1
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Junior pitcher A.J. Morris recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts and the Kansas State offense broke open a scoreless game with a five-run sixth inning as the 26th-ranked Wildcats defeated No. 13 Oklahoma, 9-1, Friday evening at Tointon Family Stadium.
With the victory, Kansas State improved to 18-3 to keep pace with the 2006 squad for the best start in school history en route to its first conference win of the season. K-State also won its 12th home game in as many tries, the best home start since the 2006 team went 13-0 at home to start the season.
#15 Baylor 8 Texas Tech 4
WACO, Texas – Raynor Campbell’s bases-loaded triple off the batter’s eye capped a six-run third inning as No. 9 Baylor overcame an early two-run deficit for an 8-4 victory over Texas Tech in Friday night’s Big 12 Conference series opener at Baylor Ballpark. Baylor (13-4, 2-2) moved to 9-1 at home this season, winning its eighth straight home game.
After the Bears got an unearned run in the bottom of the first, Texas Tech (8-13, 2-2) scored three runs on two hits, three walks and a Baylor error in the top of the second. Taylor Ashby’s one-out RBI single tied the game, and Campbell’s two-out fielding error allowed the second and third runs of the inning.