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TCU’s Preston Morrison Dominant in Big 12 Action

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TCU juior righty Preston Morrison was dominant in leading the Horned Frogs to a 1-0 series-clinching win over Cal State Northridge on Saturday. Morrison hurled a complete game shut out, TCU’s sixth shutout in its’ last eight outings, as the Horned Frogs continue to dominate opponents on the mound.

Morrison allowed only three hits, a walk, and hit a batter while striking out five hitters. Morrison retired the first 10 hitters he faced and then pitched around a bases-loaded jam in the sixth before sitting down 10 of the final 11 hitters on the day.

Another junior righty, Kansas’ Robert Kahana threw seven solid innings as Kansas defeated Baylor 1-0 clinching the series win. Kahana scattered seven hits and two walks while striking out four.Baylor scored an unearned run in the second on a passed ball and Kahana kept them off the scoreboard until the seventh inning when Baylor plated another on three straight two-out singles.

After being two-hit by No. 10 Texas on Friday, No. 15 Oklahoma State returned serve hurling a combined two-hitter on Saturday to defeat the Longhorns 2-1 and even the series setting up a deciding game on Sunday. Oklahoma State looks to keep control of the lead in the Big 12 conference standings.

Tyler Buffett started the game for the Cowboys and allowed a hit and an earned run over 4.2 innings while walking five Longhorns. OSU turned to Alex Hackerott who allowed a walk over an inning of work to get the win, improving to 2-1.

Blake Battenfield pitched two scoreless with a hit and walk with two strikeouts and Brendan McCurry earned his 12th save on the year closing out the final 1.2 innings with a walk and two strikeouts.

No. 20 Texas Tech whipped Oklahoma 14-4 to win the series behind a 10-run fifth inning sparked by Eric Gutierrez‘ three-run homer. The Red Raiders will be looking to sweep the Sooners on Sunday.

West Virginia rallies for three runs in their last at bat as Billy Fleming reached on a walk-off fielder’s choice as Kansas State failed to turn a game-ending double play allowing pinch runner Justin Fox to score from third for the win. The Mountaineers clinch the series with a 6-5 victory.

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Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting. Follow on Twitter @MarkWestCBC

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