Here is your Big 12 recap for February 20th:
New Mexico 6 #1 Texas 5
AUSTIN, Texas – Down a run in the final inning to the No. 1 college baseball team in America. At their place! No big deal. These are Ray Birmingham Lobos, who step to the plate with no fear in their heart and fearsome bats in their hands.
What the Lobos/Davids of New Mexico kind of did Saturday in Austin was reach into a back pocket, pull out a slingshot and knock Goliath on his rear in a stunning 6-5 Lobo win.
The first stone out of the Lobo slingshot in the ninth was a Justin Howard solo homer that pushed New Mexico into a 5-all tie.
The Lobos then nailed the win off a Max Willett bomb to deep left field that scored true freshman Devon Conley from third.
#25 Oklahoma 17 San Diego State 5
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The No. 22 Sooners racked up another comeback victory on Saturday with a 17-5 explosive win. OU trailed 5-1 heading into the top of the sixth, but sent 13 batters to the plate and scored nine runs in the frame and cruised to a 2-0 start for the second straight year.
The Sooners’ offensive output was the most runs scored since the March 22, 2009 game at Kansas State which featured 29 runs. OU has 29 hits in just two games in 2010 and has plated 24 runs.
Caleb Bushyhead led the way in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader with three hits and three RBIs, and was joined by Casey Johnson, who also had three hits, and Ross Hubbard and Tyler Ogle, who had three RBIs and four RBIs, respectively.
#25 Oklahoma 9 San Diego State 5
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Freshman Ryan Gibson struck out nine batters in his first start as a Sooner and led No. 22 OU to a 9-5 win in game two of a doubleheader on Saturday at San Diego State.
While Gibson provided the pitching, another newcomer, junior second baseman Danny Black, led the way at the plate with four RBIs and Caleb Bushyhead and Garrett Buechele contributed three hits apiece.
The Sooners built a 8-0 lead after their at-bat in the top of seventh, but the Aztecs rallied with five runs in the bottom half of the frame off freshmen relievers Jack Mayfield and Brandon Bargas.
San Diego State Recap
#28 Texas A&M 13 Seton Hall 6 (Game 1)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M pounded out 14 hits and used a pair of big innings to pick up a 13-6 win over Seton Hall in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Olsen Field.
The Aggies (2-0) scored four in both the first and sixth innings and production throughout the lineup, as four players had at least two hits. The Pirates fell to 0-2 with the loss. Game two is set to begin at approximately 6 p.m.
A&M jumped on SHU starter Frank Morris quickly, tagging the freshman for four runs in the first inning.
After reaching on an error to begin the frame, Scott Arthur moved to third on a failed pickoff attempt and scored on a Brodie Greene sacrifice fly. The next batter, Andrew Collazo, delivered the team’s first home run of the new season–a line-drive shot down the line in left–that put A&M up 2-0. RBI singles later in the inning by Kenny Jackson and Kevin Gonzalez would double the lead.
Texas A&M would score twice more in the fourth to make the score 6-0 before Seton Hall finally got to starter Ross Stripling in the top of the fifth.
#28 Texas A&M 6 Seton Hall 3 (Game 2)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Brodie Greene’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a tie game, and John Stilson threw four perfect innings of relief, as the Aggies downed Seton Hall, 6-3, to finish off a doubleheader sweep Saturday evening before 5,010 fans at Olsen Field. The Aggies took the first half of the twin-bill, 13-6.
With the score tied at three entering the last of the eighth, Adam Smith led off the inning with a five-pitch walk. Following a pitching change, Scott Arthur delivered a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Smith into scoring position. Two pitches later, Greene would line a single through the left side to score Smith with the eventual game-winner. Andrew Collazo would bring Greene home, who moved to second on the throw and third on a steal, with an infield groundout, and Joe Patterson tacked on a solo home run to close the three-run rally.
Stilson (1-0) closed a phenomenal mound debut by punching out the final two Pirate batters in the ninth to lock down the win in relief. The sophomore retired all 12 batters he faced on the evening in order, allowing just two balls out of the infield and striking out five.
Baylor 3 Duke 2
WACO, Texas – Brooks Pinckard tied the game with a seventh-inning RBI single, scored the go-ahead run, and then went to the mound to preserve the win as Baylor held off Duke, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.
The Bears had to rally from two runs down after four innings to get the win. Craig Fritsch started on the mound for Baylor and allowed two runs – one of which was earned – in 5.0 innings, but did not factor in the decision.
Fritsch had a rough start to the game when Will Piwnica-Worms led off with a triple and put Duke ahead 1-0 when he scored on a Jake Lemmerman groundout. The Bears were set down in order in the bottom half of the inning, and Georgia added an unearned run in the second on a Mike Carroll RBI single.
East Tennessee State 10 Kansas State 6
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Feb. 20, 2010) – A five-run ninth by the Buccaneers propelled the ETSU baseball team past 34th ranked Kansas State at The Citadel Memorial Challenge Saturday afternoon at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park in Charleston, S.C., 10-6.
“It was nice to get the first win today,” said head coach Tony Skole. “I was very impressed with our team today. Throughout the game I thought we handled some adverse situations very well against a very good baseball team. We lost the lead three times today, but were able to show some poise and play through it.
Freshman Scott McNally (Marietta, Ga.) picked up the win for the Bucs (1-1) going 1.0 scoreless inning allowing no hits with two strikeouts. Jake Doller was tabbed with the loss for Kansas State (1-1) after surrendering four runs on six hits in 2.0 innings of work.
Texas Tech 4 Michigan 2
LUBBOCK, Texas – Senior centerfielder Taylor Ashby dropped a bases clearing, two-RBI triple into deep right field with two strikes and two outs in the bottom of the eighth that broke a 2-2 tie and gave Texas Tech a 4-2 win over Michigan in front of 2,895 fans at Dan Law Field on Saturday evening.
The win moves Tech’s record to 2-0 on the season while Michigan suffers its first loss of the year and drops to 2-1.
The Tech offense squandered away two runs earlier in the game with a couple of base running mistakes but Ashby atoned for those sins with a clutch hit in the eighth. Michigan reliever Bobby Brosnahan retired the first two Tech hitters of the inning when he struck out both right fielder/first baseman Barrett Barnes and designated hitter Scott LeJeune. Junior third baseman Nick Popescu kept the Red Raiders alive as he picked up his first hit of the season with a single through the left side of the infield. Junior catcher Jeremy Mayo then reached on a walk to move Popescu over to scoring position at second base and that brought Ashby to the plate. With two strikes on Ashby, Michigan head coach Rich Maloney went out for a mound visit but Ashby made them pay for the delay as he dropped the very next offering from Brosnahan into right field for the go-ahead runs.
Missouri vs. New Mexico State – PPD to Sunday
TUCSON, Ariz.- – Rain in the Tucson, Ariz. area has forced a change in the schedule for the Collegiate Cactus Classic.
Missouri’s game against Washington, which was originally scheduled to start at 4 p.m. CT, will get underway at 8:30 p.m. CT. The Tigers’ second scheduled game of the day, against New Mexico State, will not be played today.
The remainder of the tournament schedule is still to be determined. Stay tuned to mutigers.com for further updates.
Missouri 17 Washington 6
TUCSON, Ariz.- – Mizzou came from behind on Saturday and scored 17 runs to pick up its first victory of the 2010 season. Missouri (1-1) trailed 6-2 at one point and was behind 6-4 before scoring 13 runs between the eighth and ninth innings on its way to a 17-6 win over Washington on day two of the Collegiate Cactus Classic in Tucson, Ariz.
"It was a very productive night in a lot of areas," Head Coach Tim Jamieson said. "We came from behind when it didn’t look too good for us, but we found a way to get it done. It was good to be able to start some different guys tonight and have them come through big. That’s a positive sign of things to come."
Fresno State 8 Nebraska 2
Fresno, Calif. – Adam Bailey had three hits, but the Nebraska baseball team was unable to get timely hitting, while Fresno State strung together two big innings for an 8-2 victory Saturday afternoon at Beiden Field.
Jordan Ribera and Trent Garrison drove in three runs apiece, as the Bulldogs (2-0) used a four-run second inning to seize control early off of Nebraska starter Michael Mariot.
The Huskers struck first in the top of the frame, as back-to-back singles by Farst and Bailey opened the second before Patric Tolentino’s sacrifice moved both runners into scoring position. Fresno State Morse then uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Farst to score with the Huskers’ first run.
Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma Christian – CCD, rain