This is your Big 12 Recap for April 24th.
#2 Texas 5 Oklahoma State 0
No. 3 Texas’ Head Coach Augie Garrido became the first coach in NCAA history to win 600 or more games at two different Division I schools with a 5-0 Texas Longhorn win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Texas (33-7, 15-2 Big 12) increased their overall win streak to 15 games and 13 in the Big 12, with solid offensive production and spectacular defense. In the past five games, the Longhorns have outscored their opponents 62-3 while outhitting them 70-19.
Texas jumped out to an early lead in the first thanks to Cameron Rupp’s third home run in as many games. Brandon Loy started off the inning with a one-out single to centerfield and advanced to second on a Tant Shepherd single to left. Rupp then shot a high fly ball over the centerfield wall to give the Longhorns a 3-0 lead.
The Longhorns increased their lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the third with some aggressive base running from Shepherd. After a one out single to left, Shepherd proceeded to steal second and third, and scored on a Rupp sacrifice fly to center.
Texas’ timely hitting added another run in the fourth. Moldenhauer started off the inning being hit by a pitch, and advanced to second on a Kevin Lusson sac bunt. After Moldenhauer reached third as a result of a Tyler Lyons balk, Jordan Etier dropped a single just over the third baseman to bring Moldenhauer home. FULL STORY
#17 Oklahoma 6 Texas A&M 5
Junior closer Ryan Duke held Texas A&M scoreless in his 4 2/3 innings pitched and Cameron Seitzer delivered a RBI double in the 13th inning as No. 17 Oklahoma won 6-5 and evened the three-game series on Saturday.
“Great college baseball game on both sides,” said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway. “You have to tip your cap to every student-athlete that participated. There was a lot of courage on the mound from our side and their side. Guys were staying in there and battling their tail off.”
Sunday’s decisive finale between Oklahoma (28-11, 7-8 Big 12) and Texas A&M (22-15-1, 7-9-1) is slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch and will broadcast live on the Sooner Sports Network (KREF 1400 AM). The contest will also be televised on Fox College Sports with Dan McLaughlin and Keith Moreland calling the action. Saturday’s game was the seventh extra-inning game in the all-time series and the longest game in over 50 meetings. It was also the longest game for OU in the Golloway era. The 13-inning game was the longest for the Sooners since a 14-inning affair in the Bedlam series in 2002. FULL STORY
#18 Kansas State at Missouri Postponed
Missouri and Kansas State have postponed the first game of the series once again as rain continues to fall in Columbia. The two teams are now scheduled to play a doubleheader on Sunday starting at Noon.
Nebraska 6 Baylor 2
Tyler Niederklein allowed one earned run over 5.2 innings, while Kale Kiser and Boomer Collins both homered to help Nebraska even the weekend series with a 6-2 win over Baylor Saturday afternoon.
Niederklein improved to 3-0 on the season, scattering eight hits and striking out a pair of Bears in the longest outing of his career. The freshman from Omaha showed maturity in his first Big 12 start, pitching out of jams throughout the afternoon.
“I didn’t strike too many guys out, but I used my defense and that was the key for me,” Niederklein said. “I came in and threw strikes, and when they got runners on base, I was able to keep my composure, move on to the next hitter and make clutch pitches when I had to.”
Niederklein needed his composure early after Kale Kiser’s solo homer staked NU a 1-0 lead. Baylor’s first two hitters both singled to open the bottom of the first, but Niederklein got Joey Hainsfurther to ground into a double play before Max Muncy flew out to right to end the threat.
“I was thrilled with how our freshmen pitchers did, and Tyler was key for us,” Nebraska Coach Mike Anderson said. “He was in the zone throughout the day and made quality pitches in tough situations. When we got out of the first after they had runners on first and second with no outs, that was a big moment.” FULL STORY
Texas Tech at Kansas
Suspended Suspended to 4/25, rain (2-1 TT, b4)
Due to heavy rain in the Lawrence area, Kansas baseball team’s game against Texas Tech has been suspended in the bottom of the fourth inning. The teams will resume play at 11 a.m. Sunday morning, before playing the final contest of the three-game series 30 minutes following the conclusion of the suspended game.