Big 12 recap for 03/19/2010

Cameron Rupp

Here is your recap for Friday the 19th.

#5 Texas 6 Nebraska 5

A three-run walk-off home run by Cameron Rupp in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the No. 2 Texas Longhorns a 6-5 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers to open Big 12 play at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Friday evening.

Trailing 5-3, Jordan Weymouth’s pinch-hit two-out double in the bottom of the ninth inning kept the Longhorns alive in the game. Keyes then drew a walk, and was replaced by pinch runner Kyle Lusson. Cameron Rupp followed by taking the first pitch he saw, from Nebraska reliever Kurt Giller, deep down the rightfield line for a three-run walk-off home run to give the Longhorns the dramatic 6-5 win.

The Cornhuskers got on the scoreboard early after Adam Bailey hit a two-out solo home run to left field in the top of the first inning.

Texas answered in the bottom of the second inning. Cameron Rupp led off the inning with a single and reached third after a single to right by Kevin Lusson. Russell Moldenhauer singled up the middle to drive in Rupp, tying the game at 1-1.

Nebraska (8-8, 0-1 Big 12) reclaimed the lead with a three-run sixth inning. DJ Belfonte was hit by a pitch by Texas’ starter, Taylor Jungmann. Belfonte stole second base and reached third after a passed ball. Bailey followed a Kale Kiser walk with a double to plate Belfonte. Jungmann then struck out Josh Scheffert before allowing a two-out single to Cody Asche which brought Kiser and Bailey home, and gave the Cornhuskers a 4-1 lead.

Texas (14-4, 1-0 Big 12) got back on the scoreboard in the sixth inning. Jonathan Walsh led off the inning with a single, and after a fielder’s choice left Brandon Loy on first base, Kevin Lusson hit an RBI double to drive him in. Lusson advanced to third on a groundout by Moldenhauer, and then came around to score on a Cohl Walla single to right field, cutting the Cornhusker lead to 4-3. FULL STORY

#16 Oklahoma 7 Baylor 6

The Oklahoma bullpen pulled out another victory as the No. 13 Sooners claimed a 7-6 win over Baylor in the Big 12 opener on Friday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

The Sooners rallied after trailing 3-0 early in the game. The two will play game two of the series tonight at 6:30 p.m.

The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for OU in Big 12 openers and improved its overall mark in 2010 to 18-2. The Sooners have won three straight games and in the process ended Baylor’s (11-7) seven-game winning streak.

Despite a combined 13 runs and 18 hits, all of the offense came in the first five innings. The Sooners took a 7-3 lead after three innings that they would not relinquish. Jeremy Erben, who leads the Big 12 with five wins, recorded his first career save after holding Baylor scoreless over the final three frames.

Erben has not allowed a run in eight straight appearances and on Friday he relieved Michael Rocha (3-0), who collected the victory after OU starter Zach Neal lasted just two innings. Erben allowed two hits and struck out three. FULL STORY

Baylor at #16 Oklahoma Suspended
Suspended to 3/21, inclement weather (5-0 Baylor, b3) (moved from 3/20, impending weather)

#26 Texas A&M 6 Texas Tech 3

No. 23 Texas A&M pounded out 13 hits and got strong pitching from Barret Loux and John Stilson to down Texas Tech, 6-3, in the Big 12 opener for both teams Friday night before 4,006 fans at Olsen Field.

Tech took an early lead off Loux in the first, scoring two runs on two hits, but would be held to just four hits the rest of the way as the Red Raiders struck out a season-high 15 times.

The victory was the Aggies’ 11th in their last 12 games as they improved to 14-3 and 1-0 in league play. Texas Tech, meanwhile, fell to 8-11 and 0-1.

"We took advantage of some mistakes they made," A&M coach Rob Childress said. "We had 13 hits and only scored six runs, and that shows you they did a great job matching up all game. I was proud of us though. Barret settled in and had a great performance, and overall it was a good night."

Tech shortstop Joey Kenworthy put the Red Raiders on the board in the top of the first with a two-run home run to right, his second of the season.

A&M took the lead for good with a three-run second off Tech starter John Neely. Kenny Jackson began the frame with a single up the middle and moved to second one out later on a wild pitch. Joaquin Hinojosa drove him home five pitches later with a single back through the box to pull the Aggies within one.

Following a strikeout, Andrew Collazo flipped a single into left center to put two on for Scott Arthur. The Aggie center fielder reached safely on a throwing error by shortstop Joey Kenworthy that loaded the bases. Shortstop Brodie Greene then delivered a two-run single through the left side to put Texas A&M ahead, 3-2. FULL STORY

Missouri 7 North Dakota 3

Missouri 6 North Dakota 0

Missouri picked up doubleheader sweep over North Dakota, taking wins by scores of 7-3 and 6-0 on Friday at Taylor Stadium. It was the Tigers first sweep of a doubleheader since taking two wins over Toledo onMarch 16, 2008. Junior Brett Nicholas had three hits, including two home runs, in the two games and extended his hitting streak to eight games.

In game one of the day, Nicholas hit two home runs, finishing 2-for-4 with four RBI. He is the second Tiger to record a multi-home run game this year as senior Aaron Senne hit two against Auburn on Feb. 27.

After UND put the game’s first run on the board in the second inning, the Tigers plated four runs in the third inning, which included a two-run home run by Nicholas. His second homer of the game came in the sixth inning, a solo shot.

Freshman Blake Brown and senior Michael Liberto also recorded two hits in the opener.

Nicholas had a single in the second inning of game two to extend hit streak to eight games. Missouri opened the third inning of the nightcap with consecutive singles by junior Jonah Schmidt, junior Andrew Thigpen and senior Michael Liberto. All three would score in the inning to put the Tigers up 3-0. FULL STORY

Kansas State 4 Wisconsin-Milwaukee 0

Kansas State 2 Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1

Kansas State shut out Milwaukee in game one and used a walk-off single from Carter Jurica in the second game as the Wildcats swept the Panthers in a snowy doubleheader Friday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.

The Wildcats scored four runs over the first two innings of game one, while Ryan Daniel pitched seven shutout innings as the Wildcats topped the Panthers, 4-0.

Game two saw a pitcher’s duel between K-State’s Evan Marshall and Milwaukee’s Chad Pierce, who each allowed one run in more than seven innings. Kansas State only managed two hits through seven frames on Pierce, but the Cats registered four clutch hits – including a pair of infield singles – over the eighth and ninth innings to take the second game, 2-1.

With the twin bill sweep, K-State improved to 15-3 on the season, while Milwaukee fell to 4-10.

Milwaukee scored the first run of the second game in the fifth when Doug Dekoning hit a one-out single with a runner on first. Nick Cocking fielded the ball and faked the throw to third base to get Dan Buchholz, catching Dekoning in a run down between first and second. Buchholz broke for home on the play and made it before the Wildcats even attempted a throw, giving the Panthers a 1-0 lead.

In the eighth, Milwaukee looked as though it would extend its advantage as it received consecutive base hits to put runners on first and third with one out. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Thomas Rooke (1-1) came in and struck out Jim Lundstrom and Paul Hoenecke to leave the bases loaded.

The Wildcats took the momentum with them to the plate in the bottom half of the inning. Jurica walked with one out and stole second, but Buchholz threw the ball into center field, allowing the Wildcat shortstop to advance to third. FULL STORY

Oklahoma State 8 Missouri State 2

Oklahoma State 8 Wright State 7

Oklahoma State continued its winning ways Friday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium as the Cowboys picked up an 8-2 victory against Missouri State and a come-from-behind, 8-7 triumph over Wright State.

The Cowboys have now won eight in a row and are 12-2 on the season.

Davis Duren delivered home runs in both games Friday and collected five RBIs, including the game winner in the eighth inning against Wright State, and Tyler Lyons and Matt Peck each picked up wins on the mound.

OSU used a pair of late-inning rallies to knock off the Raiders (6-9).

After taking the game’s initial lead on Kevin David’s two-run homer in the third, the Cowboys saw WSU tie the game in the fifth. Tristan Moore led off the frame with an opposite-field home run, and Quentin Cate scored on a throwing error to knot the game at 2-2.

The score remained tied until the seventh, when Cate blasted a solo homer to left to put the Raiders on top, 3-2.

The Cowboys would answer, however, plating three runs in the bottom of the inning. Luis Uribe got things started with a leadoff double and scored the tying run on an errant throw by WSU pitcher Alex Kaminsky. After a sacrifice bunt, Duren crushed a two-run homer over the wall in right field to put OSU up by two. FULL STORY