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Big 12 recap for April 16th

This is your Big 12 Recap for April 16th.

Cody Asche and Boomer Collins belted back-to-back homers in the second inning against Kansas.#3 Texas 4 Texas A&M 3

Eleventh-inning heroics propelled the No. 4 Texas Longhorns to a 4-3 win over the Texas A&M Aggies in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown Friday night at a soggy UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Texas designated hitter Russell Moldenhauer, started off the 11th inning with a single to right field. Pinch runner, Sam Stafford, advanced to second when Kyle Lusson faked a sacrifice bunt and shot a ground ball through right side of a charging infield, followed by a Kevin Lusson walk to load the bases. With two outs in the frame, Jonathan Walsh shot a grounder that deflected off of the Aggies’ third baseman allowing Moldenhauer to score the winning run.

Apart from the late game offensive production, the pitching was dominant. Both starting pitchers combined for 19 strikeouts over 7.0 innings apiece. Texas A&M pitcher, Barret Loux allowed three runs on five hits and three walks with eight strikeouts, but was overshadowed by Texas’ Taylor Jungmann who worked 7.0 scoreless innings giving up only two hits and two walks while striking out 11.

It marked the 10th consecutive win for the Longhorns and they improved to 8-3 on the year in one-run games.

Texas (28-7, 11-2 Big 12) drew first blood in the first when Tant Shepherd launched a solo home run over the left centerfield wall to give the Longhorns an early 1-0 advantage. FULL STORY

#24 Kansas State 5 Baylor 2

Kansas State jumped on Baylor with four first-inning runs then used the masterful relief pitching of Thomas Rooke and James Allen to shut down the Bears over the final five frames as the 20th-ranked Wildcats won, 5-2, Friday evening in front of 2,248 fans at Tointon Family Stadium.

Kansas State, victorious in its third-straight series-opening game against the Bears, improved to 24-8 overall and 7-3 in the Big 12. The 24-8 season mark ties the record for the best start in school history with the 1976 and 2009 teams. The Wildcats are also off to their best conference start since 1990 when they also picked up seven wins in their first 10 league games.

Baylor fell to 21-12 overall and 5-6 in conference action.

K-State raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning as the first seven batters reached against Baylor starter Shawn Tolleson. The Wildcats recorded three doubles and two hit batters before Tolleson (1-5) was yanked from the game. The only out recorded while Tolleson was in the game came when Kent Urban was caught stealing. FULL STORY

Nebraska 11 Kansas 7

Boomer Collins had three hits, including a homer, while Michael Mariot pitched into the ninth, as Nebraska posted a 11-7 victory over Kansas Friday night at Hawks Field.

Collins paced Nebraska’s 13-hit attack with his first three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-5 with a homer and three runs scored. The sophomore from Waxahachie, Texas, tied career bests in both hits and runs, as Nebraska scored five in the second and two more in the third off of Kansas ace T.J. Walz.

“Boomer had a great night,” Nebraska Coach Mike Anderson said. “(We’re) happy for him. He gives us probably more effort than you can imagine. He is just an incredible kid who is trying to do so much for this team and he had a good night tonight. We’re happy for him. Maybe he can get going,..that might a nice boost for him.”

Cody Asche homered and drove in two runs, while Kale Kiser and Patric Tolentino had two hits apiece, as Nebraska picked up its second straight win to up its mark to 18-16 and 5-8 in Big 12 action.

Trailing 1-0, Nebraska took the lead for good, scoring five times off the Jayhawk right-hander, including a pair of homers, to take a 5-1 lead. Asche tied the score with his seventh homer of the season, while Collins put the Huskers ahead to stay with a solo opposite field shot to right, marking his first homer in over a year. Nebraska continued to apply pressure, as four straight two-out hits, including RBI singles by DJ Belfonte, Kale Kiser and Adam Bailey, staked the hosts to a four-run lead. FULL STORY

Missouri 9 Oklahoma State 2

The University of Missouri baseball team defeated Oklahoma State by a score of 9-2 on Friday night at Taylor Stadium, recording its first Friday night victory in Big 12 Conference play this season.

Junior Nick Tepesch allowed just two runs on four hits in seven innings pitched to pick up the win. He struck out eight, moving to 3-3 on the season. Tepesch has turned in at least seven innings of work in each of his last four starts and leads the team with 41 strikeouts on the year.

OSU plated the game’s first run in the top of the third inning on a solo home run by Davis Duren.

Junior Brett Nicholas put the Tigers in front in the bottom of the fourth inning with a two-run home run. The homer was Nicholas’ seventh of the season and extended his hitting streak to nine games. Nicholas added a double in the eighth and finished 2-for-3 on the night with two RBI and three runs scored. He has had at least two hits in eight of the last nine games.

Later in the fourth, freshman Dane Opel and sophomore Russell LaFleur teamed up for back-to-back singles, with Opel scoring on LaFleur’s base hit to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead.

Mizzou (19-14, 4-6 Big 12) added two more runs in the sixth without recording a hit. The inning started with three walks. Nicholas, who drew the first walk of the inning, scored when LaFleur reached on a fielder’s choice. An error on the play allowed redshirt freshman Andreas Plackis to score and extend the lead to four. FULL STORY

#15 Oklahoma at Texas Tech

onight’s Big 12 baseball series opener between Texas Tech and No. 11 Oklahoma at Dan Law Field has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The two teams will attempt a split doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday with the second game slated for 5 p.m. Should only one game be played tomorrow, a doubleheader would be scheduled for Sunday.

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