Colin Simpson’s Big Day Helps Oklahoma State Stay Hot In 8-4 Win
“Homer” Simpson delivered in a big way to push Oklahoma State further into the Big 12 Tournament. The sophomore was 4/5 at the plate with two home-runs and five RBI’s against West Virginia, giving Oklahoma State’s pitching staff enough to cruise. Tyler Buffet did give up four runs, but the Cowboys’ bullpen backed him up with another shutout performance. One of those pitchers was Carson Teel once again. The southpaw has seen two appearances the last two days, going four innings while giving up only one hit and punching out six batters.
The No. 8 seeded Cowboys have had to earn everything they have got in their last four games, which includes being in the driver’s seat of the top bracket in Oklahoma City. Not only has their performances been huge in regards to their hopes of a Big 12 Championship, the Cowboys have needed these wins to boost their potential of an at-large bid in case they do not win the Big 12 Tournament this weekend.
TCU Sends Oklahoma Home In Dominating Fashion With 9-4 Win
On Wednesday against Texas, Oklahoma played from behind from the very first inning. Yesterday, it was basically the same as the Horned Frogs put up three runs in the bottom of the second, thanks to a Josh Watson double and a bases loaded walk by Oklahoma’s Jake Irvin. However, the story of the game was TCU’s Jared Janczak and his performance on the mound. The sophomore has been battling injuries this season, but was able to blank the Oklahoma lineup over five innings with eight strikeouts and only one walk. Charles King followed Janczak and faced the minimum over three innings of relief.
Oklahoma did score four runs in the bottom of the ninth, but it was too late as TCU decided to bring in closer Durbin Feltman to shut things down before anything interesting happened. The Sooners needed at least a couple wins to get a shot at hosting a regional, but with losing two in a row, they will all-but-be heading elsewhere next week to play in the NCAA Tournament as a two-seed. Coach Hughes says his guys will get a couple days to “go see their families and get away from baseball”. The NCAA Tournament Selection show is on Monday.
Kingham, Longhorns Survive Late Game Scare To Advance In OKC 5-4 Over Kansas
Texas was able to put the definition of “Texas Leaguers” into play as they had some weakly base hits to get them going against Kansas. Four runs were scored in the bottom half of the second by the Longhorns, which were also aided by an error by Jayhawks’ pitcher Jackson Goddard on a routine sac bunt. After the Jayhawks’ responded with two runs in the top of the fourth, the momentum had swayed. This was until Texas’ pinch-hitter, Jake McKenzie, launched a double to left field to add an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.
This insurance run came up to be the decider as Nolan Kingham needed every bit of it as Kansas’ Jaxx Groshans hit a two-out, two-run home-run the top of the ninth to make it 5-4. Kingham got the next batter to secure his complete game, and avoid a potential ninth inning comeback. The Horns’ pitching staff remains to be the difference in Oklahoma City to this point. They were able to save some bullpen arms against the Jayhawks, and they will also get a day off to rest tomorrow.
Bats Still Kept At Bay, But The Red Raiders Rebound For 4-1 To Send Baylor Home
Texas Tech came into the Big 12 Tournament as the best hitting team in the Big 12. Although those bats continued to stay somewhat silent in OKC, it was Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Steven Gingery that set the tone for the game. Gingery went six innings, giving up seven hits and three walks, but did not surrender a single run. Orlando Garcia was able to give Gingery enough run support as he hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the second.
Baylor did make a run in the top of the seventh, but relief pitchers Jose Quezada and Parker Mushinski were able to limit the damage. The Red Raiders were shut out once before this year by Texas A&M, and responded just like they did today when they beat Ole Miss 5-1. History repeated itself and Texas Tech avoided elimination in the Big 12 Tournament.
DAY THREE SCHEDULE:
Friday, May 26*
Game 9: No. 4 West Virginia vs. No. 1 Texas Tech – 3:15 p.m.
Game 10: No. 7 Kansas vs. No. 2 TCU – 7:30 p.m.
*No. 6 Texas and No. 8 Oklahoma State are off