Big 12 Recap 04-18-09

Chance Ruffin
Chance Ruffin

#6 Texas 7 #10 Oklahoma 3
#6 Texas 6 #10 Oklahoma 2

AUSTIN, Texas — The No. 9 Texas Longhorns turned strong pitching performances by Chance Ruffin and Austin Wood into a 7-3 win over the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners in the first game of a Big 12 Conference doubleheader at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Saturday afternoon.

Ruffin (6-2), the UT starter, was credited with the win for the Longhorns. Ruffin held OU to three runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings of work and struck out a season-high 10 Sooners. Wood earned his ninth save of the season in 2.2 hitless shutout innings. The senior closer struck out three batters and walked two.

Texas (27-8, 10-6 Big 12) broke though first with five runs in the bottom of the second inning. After Tant Shepherd drew a one-out walk, Kevin Keyes was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Cameron Rupp pounded a single to right field to plate Shepherd and give Texas its first run. The next batter, Brandon Loy doubled to right center to drive in Rupp and Keyes, and extended the Texas lead to, 3-0.

With still one out, Connor Rowe reached on a throwing error by the shortstop, and Travis Tucker was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Two more runs crossed the plate one out later on another Sooner miscue. Loy scored on OU starter Andrew Doyle’s wild pitch, and Rowe scored the same series on an error by the catcher to give Texas the early 5-0 lead.

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#28 Oklahoma State 4 #13 Baylor 3

STILLWATER, Okla. — Mark Ginther’s solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the game-winning run as Oklahoma State topped No. 7 Baylor, 4-3, Saturday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

On a day when OSU honored its 1959 national championship team before the game, the 28th-ranked Cowboys picked up a key win to snap a five-game losing streak in Big 12 Conference play and improve to 5-9 in the league and 25-15 overall.

Tyler Lyons picked up his first league win of the season with a seven-inning effort, while Randy McCurry worked the final two innings for his team-leading seventh save.

OSU jumped out to an early lead with a run in the bottom of the first frame. Micheal Dabbs led off with a single, and following a double by Tyrone Hambly, the Cowboys plated their first run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Neil Medchill.

The Cowboys’ lead would only last until the third. Lyons issued a pair of walks, and with two outs, Baylor pitcher/designated hitter Aaron Miller delivered his second home run of the series, a three-run shot to right field to put the Bears up 3-1.
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#23 Texas A&M 10 Nebraska 1

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Kyle Colligan hit two home runs and drove in four to lead No. 23 Texas A&M to a 10-1 win over Nebraska Saturday night before 6,433 fans at Olsen Field.

Colligan excited the Parents’ Weekend crowd with a solo shot to center in the second that gave the Aggies an early 1-0 lead, and then capped an eight-run sixth with a long three-run home run down the line in left.

With the victory, the Aggies (24-14, 10-7 Big 12) remain the only conference team without a loss at home, having won all seven league games at Olsen this spring. A&M also moved into a second-place tie in the Big 12 standings, one game back of league-leader Texas. Nebraska, meanwhile, fell to 17-20-1 and 4-13.

Colligan’s solo blast in the second would be the game’s only run until the top of the fifth, as both A&M starter Ross Hales and Husker lefty Jordan Roulades were locked in a pitcher’s duel. Jake Mort would tie the game in the frame with a solo shot to left, his third of the season.

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Missouri 11 #29 Kansas State 6

MANHATTAN, Kan. – - Junior Greg Folgia hit two home runs and drove in a career-best five and senior Austin Holt set new career highs with three hits and three RBI as Missouri defeated No. 21 Kansas State by a score of 11-6 on Saturday afternoon in Manhattan, Kan.

The victory is the fourth in a row for the Tigers, matching their longest winning streak of the season.

For the second-straight day, Mizzou (21-19, 8-9 Big 12) had to come from behind to capture the win. The Tigers trailed 5-0 after two innings on Saturday, before scoring a run in the third inning on a double by Holt. They then took the lead after a five-run fourth inning, which included Fogia’s first home run of the game.

The first six batters for the Tigers in the fourth inning reached and five would score. Along with Folgia’s two-run shot, senior Steve Gray had an RBI single and MU had sacrifice flies from Holt and junior Michael Liberto in the inning.

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Texas Tech 7 #30 Kansas 5

LUBBOCK, Texas – Senior right-hander AJ Ramos gave Texas Tech five shutout innings while Scott LeJeune and Taylor Ashby drove in two runs each to lead the Red Raiders to a 7-5 series-clinching win over No. 24 Kansas on Saturday afternoon in front of 3,536 fans at Dan Law Field.

The win gives Tech a 9-8 record in Big 12 play and the Red Raiders (18-23 overall) will go into Sunday’s series finale against the Jayhawks with a fifth-place standing in the league. Kansas falls to 7-7 in the Big 12 and to 24-14 overall.

Tech got rolling right from the start as the Red Raiders plated a pair of runs in the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead. Junior center fielder Taylor Ashby delivered in the clutch as he dropped a two-run single into left field with the bases loaded. Ashby’s single scored Michael Reed who reached on a one-out single and Chris Richburg who got on board with a two-out walk.

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