With Oklahoma being sent home and Oklahoma State having the day off, it was the out-of-state Big 12 Schools chance to shine at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. In what was the most highly attended night session of the week, the performances did not disappoint.
West Virginia Surges Late To Send No. 1 Seeded Red Raiders Home With 12-7 Win
When Isaiah Kearns entered the game in the eighth inning to pinch-hit, top-seeded Texas Tech had all the momentum. After Kearns at-bat however, everything changed as the freshmen hit a monster solo home-run that left the Brick (literally). Senior Jackson Cramer said that the home-run was “the biggest play” of the game and gave the Mountaineers “some life”. Eight unanswered runs later, including an RBI single by Cramer turned inside-the-park home-run, and West Virginia was able to run away with the game late.
Mountaineer first-basemen, Cramer, did all the damage himself in the ninth and tenth with that RBI single to right turned inside-the-park home-run, and then a bases-clearing double to push the game essentially out of reach. To many, this run in Oklahoma City may be surprising, but this is the second straight year that West Virginia has made the final four at the Brick, including a run to the championship game a year ago. In relation to his team, Coach Mazey describes Oklahoma City just like how “some golfers play really good golf at some courses”. The Mountaineers fought to see another day, and did it in “movie-like” fashion.
Brian Howard’s Complete Game Leads TCU To 6-0 Win Over Kansas
Not many times can a coach say one run is enough, but that’s all Coach Schlossnagle needed as senior pitcher Brian Howard went the distance and shutout the Jayhawks last night. The right-hander struck-out twelve Kansas batters and only gave up four hits. The early boost of confidence did come from the offense as the Horned Frogs scored four runs in the bottom of the first after taking advantage of Kansas’ Sean Rackoski walking the first three batters of the game.
TCU wants to extend their stay in Oklahoma City according to Howard, and it may benefit them with Texas Tech going home early. The Horned Frogs have a chance to boost their already national seed a couple spots with a Big 12 Tournament Championship to add to their résumé.
DAY FOUR SCHEDULE:
Saturday, May 27
Game 11: No. 4 West Virginia vs. No. 8 Oklahoma State – 9:00 a.m.
Game 12: No. 2 TCU vs. No. 6 Texas – 12:30 p.m.
*Game 13: Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11, If Necessary – 4:00 p.m.
**Game 14: Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12, If Necessary*** – 7:00 p.m.