Battenfield, Cowboys Upset #1 Seeded Red Raiders 3-0
Two days ago, Coach Josh Holliday said how “grateful” and “thankful” they were to make it to the Big 12 Tournament after needing two wins against Oklahoma last weekend. Yesterday, they decided to extend their stay a day already by upsetting the #1 seeded Texas Tech Red Raiders. Junior pitcher Blake Battenfield led the charge with 6 complete innings, giving up no runs on 4 hits. His performance included getting out of a bases loaded two-out jam in the first inning, which was a huge momentum play that set the tone for the entire game. Relief pitchers Carson Teel and Trey Cobb shut it down after relieving Battenfield in the 7th inning. The two gave up only one hit combined, and faced the minimum from the 7th inning until the end.
The Cowboys were able to score all three runs in the first four innings on two sacrifice flies by Garrett McCain and Cade Cabbiness, and a single to right field by Jon Littell. Not only was this win huge in their chance at a Big 12 Championship, but the Cowboys add another quality win over an RPI Top 10 Opponent to add to their NCAA Tournament résumé.
Kacy Clemens Continues To Haunt Sooners’ Pitching Staff In 8-4 Win
Oklahoma and Texas have met four times this season, and no one has had bigger games than Texas’ Kacy Clemens (3/5, Two HR’s, Four RBI’s). The son of “The Rocket” is 7/13 with ten RBI’s, three home-runs, and one double against his rival this season. In a game that lasted just under four-hours, the Sooners just did not have enough to overcome a 5-0 deficit.
A two-run single by Steele Walker in the bottom of the fifth brought Oklahoma within a run, but then Texas responded with a double by David Hamilton to scratch across an insurance run. Senior Renae Martinez hit a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh to bring the game within two runs again, but Texas put up two runs in the top of the ninth to close the game out. Although Oklahoma was able to score four runs on one of the best pitching staffs in the country, the Kacy Clemens’ show against freshman pitcher Nathan Wiles pushed Texas into the Winner’s bracket.
Jayhawks Respond To Every TCU Spurt To Upset The Horned Frogs 7-3
TCU scored early with a two-run triple by Zach Humphreys in the bottom of the second inning, and then Kansas answered right back with three of their own in the top of third. The Jayhawks had a repeat performance in the last three innings of the game as they exploded for four runs in the top of the eighth, right after TCU tied the game in the bottom of the seventh.
Resiliency–the story of the day for the young Kansas Jayhawks as they joined Oklahoma State in a first round upset of the higher seeded team. The only senior to see the field for Kansas was closer Stephen Villiness, and he came in and faced the minimum in the bottom of the ninth to seal the upset over #2 seeded TCU.
Early Bats Lead The Way For West Virginia Over Baylor In 11-1 Run-Rule
Coach Maize mentioned the thought that his Mountaineers have been playing “Survive and Advance” baseball with all of their injuries this season. It didn’t take long for West Virginia to get going as they plated seven runs in the bottom of the first inning. Lead-off hitter and 2B, Kyle Gray, lead his team by reaching base in his first three at-bats to start the game, including a single and a triple in the 1st inning. The ‘Neers were not given any of those runs, either. All seven of their first inning runs were earned.
Freshman Mountaineer pitcher Isaiah Kearns was the surprise of the day going the distance with 8 innings pitched, giving up 3 hits and 1 run. Kearns only had six starts on the year heading into the Big 12 Conference Tournament, and had a rough 5.60 ERA despite his 4-0 record.
DAY TWO SCHEDULE:
Thursday, May 25
Game 5: No. 5 Baylor vs. No. 1 Texas Tech- 9:00 a.m.
Game 6: No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 2 TCU – 12:30 p.m.
Game 7: No. 8 Oklahoma State vs. No. 4 West Virginia – 4:00 p.m.
Game 8: No. 7 Kansas vs. No. 6 Texas- 7:30 p.m.