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Big 12 Recap (February 20)

Here is the weekend’s final Big 12 recap. The league finished today 9-1, and 27-7 over the weekend.

Nebraska 16 (3-1) Missouri State 4 (1-3)

Box Score

  • Nebraska’s 16 runs came on 24 hits. Seven Huskers had multiple hits today.
  • Sophomore LF Kale Kiser was 5-6 on the day with four runs and four RBI. Kiser became the second Husker in as many days to hit a grand slam, and was a double away from hitting for the cycle.

#5 Oklahoma 13 (4-0) William and Mary 1 (0-4)

Box Score

  • For the first time this season, Jr 3B Garrett Buechele was held homerless, but still managed to pick up four hits.
  • Jr C Tyler Ogle was 3-3 on the day with a pair of doubles and a solo home run.
  • Fr LHP Dillon Overton (1-0) started his first game, throwing seven innings, allowing one run on four hits.

#6 Texas 16 (3-1) Maryland 0 (1-3)

Box Score

  • Texas put their first six hitters of the game on base without sending a single ball to the outfield. A combination of singles, walks and a hit by pitch plated Texas three runs before sophomore CF Cohl Walla cleared the bases with a double.
  • Freshmen Mark Payton and Erich Weiss were nearly unstoppable today. The pair combined for five hits in seven at bats, scored six runs with four RBI, collected three doubles and a triple, walked twice, and each hit a sacrifice fly. Payton was also hit by a pitch.
  • Weiss hit .819 in his first weekend with seven RBI. He was only retired twice and drew five walks. Easily a candidate for Freshman of the Year at this point.
  • Sophomore RHP Hoby Milner struck out ten Terps over seven shutout innings. Milner walked a pair of batters and allowed only two hits.

#16 Texas A&M 14 (3-0) LeMoyne 0 (0-3)

Box Score

  • Junior DH Matt Juengel hit his second home run of the year. Juengel leads the Aggies with a .455 average. Four of his five hits have been for extra bases.
  • Sophomore RF Tyler Naquin hit a pair of triples, and leads the team with three on the season. He scored four of Texas A&M’s 14, giving him six on the season.
  • Sophomore RHP Ross Hales (1-0) returned to the mound healthy for the first time since 2009. Hales surrendered two hits and two walks over six innings, striking out five in the process.
  • Texas A&M starting pitchers allowed only one unearned run in three games against LeMoyne.  In 18 innings, they allowed only 10 hits while striking out 21.

#29 North Carolina 11 (3-0) Missouri 3 (1-2)

Box Score

  • Missouri starter Zach Hardoin (0-1) threw five shutout innings to start the game, but the Tigers unraveled after starting the sixth inning with an error. North Carolina scored all 11 of their runs in the final three innings.
  • Sophomore OF Blake Brown hit .714 over the weekend, leading the Tigers. Missouri’s biggest question this preseason was their offense. The Tigers only hit .261 in Los Angeles, but four regular players hit better than .300.
  • Missouri’s pitching staff did not have a great weekend, and will head back to Columbia with an 8.59 staff ERA. Only two pitchers were able to escape the tournament without allowing a run.

#32 Baylor 5 (2-1) Oral Roberts 4 (1-2) 10 INNINGS

Box Score

  • Freshman RHP Trae Davis picked up his second win in as many appearances. Davis, a 29th round pick of the Texas Rangers, has allowed only one hit in 3 2/3 innings.
  • Four Bears had multi-hit games today, led by DH Josh Ludy’s two-hit, two-RBI performance.
  • Baylor’s win today was bigger than it looks. Baylor has a lot to prove this season, and dropping a home series to Oral Roberts would not have helped them much. Oral Roberts isn’t a bad club, but losing a home series to a mid-major never helps come tournament time.

Oklahoma State 8 (3-0) Bryant 1 (0-3)

Box Score

  • The Cowboys pitching was just about perfect against Bryant. Oklahoma State started the series off with 25 consecutive shutout innings before allowing a solo home run in the eighth inning today.
  • Junior CF Gabe Weidenaar, a transfer from CC Southern Nevada, was 2-2 today with a pair of runs and RBI. On the weekend, Weidenaar hit .700 (7-10) with a pair of stolen bases.
  • Junior RHP Blake Barnes was the unlikely pitcher who allowed the only Bryant run of the weekend. Barnes, a transfer from Howard College was a 48th round draft pick of Tampa Bay in 2010.
  • The Cowboys entered today’s game with the best batting average and earned run average in the Big 12.

Kansas State 7 (3-0) Pacific 6 (0-3)

Box Score

  • Junior OF Nick Martini finally returned to his 2010 form, going 4-5. Although he didn’t score any runs, his RBI single in the seventh proved to be the winning run for the Wildcats.
  • Sophomore LHP Levi Schlick did not have an ideal start, but stalwart junior RHP Kayvon Bahramzadeh picked up the slack, allowing only one run over 4 2/3 relief innings.
  • Junior DH Mike Kindel collected three hits off the Tiger today, causing damage with his two-run triple in the fifth inning.

Texas Tech 8 (4-0) Northwestern 6 (1-3)

Box Score

  • Texas Tech owned the base paths for the fourth straight game. So far, Red Raider baserunners have stolen 18 bases, including five the past two games.
  • Junior SS Kelby Tomlinson showed the skill today that makes him such an enticing prospect. Tomlinson was 4-5 with 3 RBI, and stole his fifth base of the season. His range in the field is plus, and he has been great at annoying opposing teams. Tomlinson ended the tournament with a .583 average, five walks, six RBI and the aforementioned five stolen bases
  • Freshman RF/P David Paiz (1-0) was outstanding as well this weekend. He was 4-11 at the plate before today’s 0-4 game, but picked up the win on the mound with four scoreless innings of relief that was highlighted with six strikeouts. Paiz will relieve some of the pain from Scott LeJeune’s personal hiatus.

Kansas 4 (1-2) #1 TCU 3 (2-1) 14 INNINGS

Box Score

  • Jr RHP Colton Murray (1-0) was on the mound for the final seven innings, striking out six Horned Frogs and allowing only two runs. Murray caught DH Brance Rivera looking to end the game.
  • Sr RF Casey Lytle led the Jayhawks with three hits, but 1B Zac Elgie’s bat led to three runs. Elgie hit a solo home run, and his hard shot at 3B Janzen Whitte in the 14th was misfielded and scored the winning runs.
  • Sophomore RHP Tanner Poppe walked five batters, but allowed only one run and three hits over the first six innings.
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