Another Big 12 Conference weekend finishes with a mix of great pitching performances coupled with clutch hitting made for another stellar weekend of conference action. The No. 25 Oklahoma State Cowboys took the rubber match with the TCU Horned Frogs in a 9-4 victory lead by Zach Fish who went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. Vince Wheeland came on in relief in the fourth inning and pitched five scoreless innings to hold the lead and preserve the series win.
The Kansas State Wildcats, fueled by starter Nate Griep‘s solid seven innings of work and RJ Santigate‘s 3-for-5 effort with two runs scored and an RBI, defeated the Creighton Bluejays to take the series win. Sean Carley pitched a complete game for the West Virginia Mountaineers allowing only one run while Ryan McBroom provided the offense with a runs scored and two RBI as the Mountaineers defeated the Baylor Bears to sweep their rain-shortened conference series.
The Kansas Jayhawks were under threat of being swept by the Oklahoma Sooners this weekend and took a 3-1 lead into the ninth inning only to see the lead erased in the top of the ninth by the Sooners. Kansas entered the bottom of the night with the game tied at three and got a little walk-off magic from Dakota Smith to win the game and avoid the sweep.
Big 12 Baseball Scores
No. 25 Oklahoma State 9, TCU 4
The No. 25 Oklahoma State Cowboys improved to 19-9 and 3-3 in the Big 12 with a 9-4 win over TCU. Oklahoma State scored four runs on six hits in the first three innings and Wheeland’s stong relief performance made the lead stick. Oklahoma State hosts the Texas Tech Red Raiders (22-9, 4-5 Big 12) next weekend while TCU (15-12, 2-4 Big 12) hosts West Virginia (15-8, 2-0 Big 12).
- OSU – Vince Wheeland (W, 1-0) 5.0 IP, BB, 3K
- TCU – Tyler Alexander (L, 3-3) 2.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
- OSU – Gage Green 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
- TCU – Jerrick Suiter 2-for-3, 3 RBI
Kansas State 8, Creighton 2
The Kansas State Wildcats took the rubber match with Creighton in an 8-2 game dominated by Wildcats starter Nate Griep. The Wildcats improve to 17-10 and 1-2 in the Big 12 and host the Kansas Jayhawks (18-10, 3-3 Big 12) next weekend.
- KSU – Nate Griep (W, 3-0) 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K
- KSU – RJ Santigate 3-for-5, 2 R, RBI
West Virginia 4, Baylor 1
Sean Casey pitched a complete game allowing only an earned run on five hits and a walk with two strike outs to help West Virginia sweep Baylor. West Virginia improves to 15-8 and 2-0 in the Big 12 and plays at TCU (15-12, 2-4 Big 12) this weekend. Baylor falls to 13-13 and 4-4 in the Big 12 and plays at Texas (22-7, 3-3 Big 12) next weekend.
- WVU – Sean Casey (W, 5-0) 9.0 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 2 K
- Baylor – Austin Stone (L, 3-2) 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, K
- WVU – Ryan McBroom 1-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI
- Baylor – Adam Toth 1-for-3, RBI
Kansas 4, Oklahoma 3
Dakota Smith‘s walk-off hit helped the Kansas Jayhawks avoid a sweep at the hands of the Oklahoma Sooners with a 4-3 win on Sunday. Kansas improves to 18-10 and 3-3 in the Big 12 and plays at in-state rival the Kansas State Wildcats (17-10, 1-2 Big 12) in conference play next weekend. Oklahoma (20-9, 4-2 Big 12) hosts Cal State Bakersfield next weekend.
- KU – Jordan Piche’ (W, 4-2) 1.0 IP, 3 H, ER, BB
- OU – Kindle Ladd (L, 1-1) 2.1 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K
- KU – Justin Protacio 1-for-3, 2 R
- OU – Hunter Haley 3-for-5, 3B, R