Big 12 Recap for 03/14/2010

Senior pitcher Cameron Selik improved to 4-0 on the season with a win at No. 1 LSU Sunday.Big 12 Recap for Sunday the 14th

Kansas 8 LSU 4

Senior Robby Price went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, while junior relief pitcher Brett Bochy earned his second save of the weekend as Kansas earned a series victory over top-ranked LSU with an 8-4 win Sunday in the rubber game of the three game series Sunday.

The Jayhawks improve to 11-4, winning for the sixth time in their last seven games, while the defending national champion Tigers fall to 13-2 overall.

Kansas used some clutch hitting to erase an early two-run deficit, scoring four runs in the fifth inning to take control of the contest.

Trailing 3-1 in the fifth, freshman Jordan Dreiling started the rally with a one-out double and scored on Casey Lytle’s two-base hit to bring the Jayhawks within one. After a Price single, Brian Heere tied the game at three with a sacrifice fly.

Brett Lisher capped the rally with a two-run double following a two-out hit by Chris Manship.

The Kansas pitching staff made the runs stand up. After struggling through the first two innings, senior pitcher Cameron Selik got stronger in the middle frames to earn his fourth victory of the season. FULL STORY

#6 Texas 18 Iowa 0

Keyed by a five-RBI performance by Cohl Walla and five pitchers who combined on a four-hit shutout, the No. 3 Texas Longhorns coasted to an 18-0 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field to complete a four-game sweep.

The Longhorns matched their record for most home runs at UFCU Disch-Falk Field with five taters on the afternoon. Jordan Etier, Kevin Keyes, Kevin Lusson, Connor Rowe and Walla each went deep for Texas.

Texas pounded out season highs for runs and hits (16) in the win. Walla led the hit parade, going 3-for-4 with one run, one home run, one sacrifice hit, one stolen base and five RBI. Tant Shepherd went 3-for-6 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI. Etier, Keyes, Lusson and Jonathan Walsh each added two hits. Brandon Loy scored four runs and tallied two RBI. Lusson, Keyes and Rowe each recorded two RBI.

The Longhorns broke the scoring seal in the bottom of the first inning. With one out in the frame, Etier deposited a 1-1 offering over the `375′ sign in leftfield for the 1-0 lead.

The Longhorns inflated the cushion to 2-0 in the bottom of the second. Loy drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lusson and scored when Walla laced a single up the middle. FULL STORY

#8 TCU 8 Texas Tech 5

The No. 7 TCU Horned Frogs held off a late surge from Texas Tech to complete the sweep with an 8-5 victory over the Red Raiders Sunday afternoon. TCU made an early offensive surge stand up as it won for the fourth straight game. Jimmie Pharr connected for his third home run of the weekend and Kyle Winkler tossed six solid innings for his third win of the season.

Winkler (3-0) allowed just one run on six hits in his time on the mound. He did not issue a walk and fanned four before giving way to the bullpen. Tyler Lockwood pitched two scoreless innings with two punch outs. Eric Marshall was tagged for three runs and Kaleb Merck for one in the final inning, but Merck got a ground out to end the game.

Offensively, the Frogs got production from up and down the line-up as everybody had a hit. Five different Frogs notched an RBI. Jason Coats and Jimmie Pharr combined to drive in five of the Frogs eight runs.

Bryan Holaday got the Frogs rolling with a one-out double down the left field line in the first inning. Coats struck out, but reached on a passed ball and Matt Curry drew a walk to load the bases. Josh Elander grounded to the shortstop, but hustled down the line to beat out a potential double play to keep the inning alive and drive in the first run of the game.

On the very next pitch, Pharr unloaded on a Chad Bettis offering and drove it over the center field fence for a 4-0 lead. Jerome Pena followed suit, driving Bettis’ next pitch to right center for his third home run of the season and a 5-0 Horned Frog advantage. FULL STORY

#16 UCLA 5 #19 Oklahoma 2

Left-hander Rob Rasmussen (1-0) fanned seven batters, allowing just one run and four hits through six innings, to earn his first victory of the season and lead the No. 15 UCLA baseball team past No. 25 Oklahoma, 5-2, in both teams’ final game at the Whataburger College Classic on Sunday afternoon.

UCLA swept the three-game weekend set against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Mississippi State and Oklahoma to improve to 13-0 overall, the Bruins’ best start to any season in the modern era (dating to 1955). The team’s 13-game winning streak is UCLA’s longest since winning 13 straight in 1969.

Rasmussen helped UCLA snap Oklahoma’s 10-game win streak, as the left-hander from Arcadia, Calif., pitched effectively through six innings in his fourth start of the year, his second career start against the Sooners (15-2). Right-hander Dan Klein threw two shutout innings, allowing one hit and one walk, to secure his third save. Klein induced a ground ball double play and fly out in the eighth inning before recording three outs in the ninth. FULL STORY

#29 Texas A&M 6 Washington State 5

Brodie Greene hit two home runs and drove in four to lead Texas A&M to a 6-5 win over Washington State and a series win Sunday afternoon before 3,343 fans at Olsen Field.

Greene’s second round-tripper was the decisive blow in the game, a two-out, two-run shot off the batter’s eye in center field that broke a 4-4 tie. John Stilson pitched the final three innings of the game and allowed an eighth-inning home run, but retired the final six batters in order to finish the afternoon.

The victory moved the Aggies, winners of 10 of their last 11 games, to 13-3 on the year. The Cougars, meanwhile, fell to 10-3.

“This really was a good weekend for us,” head coach Rob Childress said. “Washington State does a very good job. This was a great test for us going into conference. We couldn’t have asked for anything more this weekend other than three wins. It prepared us for next week against Texas Tech, that’s for sure.” FULL STORY

Nebraska 13 Houston Baptist 4

Cody Asche homered and drove in a career-high five runs, as Nebraska completed a three-game sweep of Houston Baptist with a 13-4 victory on Sunday.

Asche went 3-for-3 on the afternoon, including an RBI double in the first and a three-run homer – his third of the weekend – in the sixth, as Nebraska (7-7) pounded out 14 hits to reach the .500 mark for the first time this season. Asche is hitting .400 over his last 10 contests after going hitless in his first 10 at-bats of the season.

“Cody is a kid who we started out in the three hole and didn’t have a great start, but since the fall practices he has been outstanding,” Anderson said. “He’s just finding his groove and getting into live pitching. You started to see that a little bit at UCLA, but didn’t get it in results. He has gotten some results today and over the weekend.”

Tyler Farst drove in three runs on the day, while Adam Bailey added two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored, as Nebraska built a 13-1 lead after seven innings and emptied its bench over the final three innings.

Freshman Tom Lemke (3-0) was terrific in his first home start, as he allowed one infield hit, a single off the bat of Robbie Buller in the second, over six innings of work for the win. The right-hander fanned four and retired 12 in a row in stretch, as he faced the minimum in his last four innings of work. Lemke’s only blemish was in the second, as Houston Baptist took advantage of a wild pitch and a fielding error to push across its only run against the Phoenix, Ariz., native. FULL STORY

Baylor 15 Illinois-Chicago 2

Willie Kempf battled through a day when he didn’t have his best command, and all nine Baylor starters scored at least once as the Bears completed a three-game sweep of Illinois-Chicago with a 15-2 win Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.

Kempf (3-1) earned the win despite walking five batters in 5.0 innings. He allowed just two hits and a pair of unearned runs.

The Bears held UIC to just three hits, and the game was called in the seventh inning due to the travel day run rule. Baylor (11-6) swept UIC (2-11) for its first non-conference series sweep since March 10, 2008 at Mississippi State.

The Bears got at least one run from all nine starters, and by building a big lead early in the game, Baylor was able to bring eight position players off the bench.

Logan Vick got the Bears started early when he hit the first pitch from UIC starting pitcher Chris Kovacevich (0-4) for an opposite-field home run. Joey Hainsfurther added a RBI double to give Baylor a 2-0 advantage. FULL STORY

Kansas State 11 Kent State 0

Justin Lindsey pitched seven masterful innings, while the Wildcats scored seven times in the second inning to put the game away early and complete a four-game sweep over Kent State with an 11-0 run-rule victory Sunday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.

With the win, Kansas State improved to 13-2 on the season and improved its winning streak to seven games, while Kent State fell to 5-9.

Lindsey (2-0) pitched a career-high seven shutout innings to record his first-career complete game. The sophomore right-hander sprayed just five Golden Flash hits with two walks, while he also tied his career high with five strikeouts. Lindsey did not allow a runner past second base all day, while only four Kent State players reached second.

The complete game was the first for the Wildcats this season and the first since A.J. Morris went the distance against Rice in last year’s NCAA Regional.

Adam Muenster led the Wildcats offensively as the senior picked up his fourth three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Daniel Dellasega also recorded a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. FULL STORY

Massachusetts 0 Oklahoma State 11

Oklahoma State completed a four-game series sweep of UMass with an 11-0 win Sunday afternoon at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

Brad Propst tossed a complete game in the first start of his career, and four different Cowboys, led by Kevin David, turned in multiple-RBI efforts as OSU improved to 8-2 on the season.

Propst was in control throughout as the junior right-hander scattered seven hits while striking out three and issuing only one walk. He threw just 98 pitches, 69 of them for strikes, and easily topped his career-long outing of 5.2 innings to earn his first win of the season.

OSU plated its first runs of the day in the second inning. With two outs, Dean Green doubled to left field, and Dane Phillips followed with a double of his own to make the score 1-0. Up next, David sent an RBI single through the left side for the Cowboys’ second run.

The Cowboys doubled their lead in the fourth. Phillips, who was 4-for-4 in the game, drove in his second run with a single, and David’s second RBI single of the day made it 4-0. FULL STORY

Xavier 5 Missouri 1

fter going up by two runs early, the Xavier baseball team used a three-run seventh inning to ensure its 5-1 win over Missouri Sunday afternoon at UM’s Taylor Stadium. The Musketeers nearly completed the shutout, keeping the Tigers scoreless until the ninth inning.

Senior Bobby Freking was 2-for-4 at the dish with an RBI and a run scored for the Musketeers while redshirt senior Neil Lindgren also tallied two hits on the day.

Xavier (2-12) put up a single run in the first as senior Drew Schmidt reached first on a Missouri throwing error and made it to second on a failed pick off attempt. With Lindgren at the plate, Schmidt was sent to third on a balk and was brought home when Lindgren doubled down the left line and the Musketeers held the 1-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the first.

Lindgren was walked in the third, moving junior John McCambridge, who had reached on a single, over to second. Junior Ben Thomas was safe at first on a fielder’s choice, Lindgren was out on the play, but McCambridge was able to make it all the way home on an error by the Tigers’ shortstop. After two and half, XU was leading, 2-0.

Missouri (7-6) struggled to get its offense going, mustering only one hit in the first eight innings. Xavier took advantage of the Tigers’ slow offense, putting up three runs in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach. Schmidt led off the inning with a walk and made it to second on a sacrifice bunt by McCambridge.

Thomas singled to right and came around to second on an error by the catcher as Schmidt raced home. Freking followed with a double to left, bringing home Thomas from second, and junior Phil Bauer doubled down the right line to score Freking. The Musketeers held onto the 5-0 advantage through the ninth inning. FULL STORY