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Big 12 Notebook: May 2, 2024


Big 12 Baseball

The Big 12 sees a logjam at the top than it did a week ago as 10 of the 13 teams maneuvers for a spot in the Phillips 66 Championship in Arlington, Texas later this month. Oklahoma is in front in the league right now with a 15-6 record, Two teams occupy the second spot with 14-7 records: No. 18 Oklahoma State and No. 24 West Virginia. Texas is alone in fourth place at 13-8. If the Championship started today, TCU, BYU, and Houston would be left out of the field.


Recapping the Midweek

Monday

BYU defeated Abilene Christian 8-6.


Tuesday

No. 18 Oklahoma State thumped Wichita State 21-6.

No. 24 West Virginia defeated Pitt 11-1.

Oklahoma lost to Oral Roberts 3-1.

Texas Tech defeated UTRGV 11-6.

Texas defeated Sam Houston 16-9.

Cincinnati lost to Ohio State 12-6.

UCF defeated North Florida 6-2.

Baylor won against UT Arlington 5-3.


Wednesday

Kansas State was no-hit by Nebraska and lost 8-0.

Houston walked-off McNeese 9-8 in 10 innings.

Kansas beat Wichita State 8-1.


TCU did not play a midweek game.


Weekend Schedule

No. 18 Oklahoma State (31-14, 14-7) at Texas (28-18, 13-8)

No. 24 West Virginia (27-16, 14-7) at Cincinnati (25-20, 11-10)

Oklahoma (26-17, 15-6) at Texas Tech (30-17, 12-12)

Kansas (26-15, 12-9) at Kansas State (26-18, 10-11)

TCU (26-16, 10-14) at Baylor (20-23, 9-12)

UCF (27-15, 9-12) at Houston (23-22, 6-15)


BYU does not play a Big 12 opponent this weekend.


League Notes

In its last five games, which includes midweek wins over Oral Roberts and Wichita State and a series sweep of BYU, Oklahoma State has hit 25 home runs, scored 71 runs, and tallied 146 total bases. Meanwhile, the Cowboys' pitching staff has notched 71 strikeouts with single-game totals of 13, 16, 16, 13, and 13.


Kansas outfielder John Nett is currently on a 19-game hitting streak, the longest by a Jayhawk this season. Nett is hitting .425 (34-for-80), with eight doubles, six home runs, 18 RBI, 31 runs scored, and 14 walks during the streak. The streak has raised Nett's batting average from .314 to .367.


TCU left-hander Payton Tolle struck out seven against Kansas State last weekend, bringing his season total to 97, which is sixth nationally. Logan Maxwell and Sam Myers have each hit safely in five-straight games for the Horned Frogs.


Oklahoma left-hander Braden Davis was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week for his performance last week in the Sooner lone win over Texas. But on the year Davis has been outstanding, recording 76 strikeouts in 58 innings pitched and allowing opposing teams to bat just .220 against him.


Texas Tech’s Damian Bravo has hit a team-best .398 in his 41 games played. Bravo leads the Big 12 in average and doubles (20) and is third in the league in hits (64) and runs scored (49).


Texas hitters Jalin Flores and Max Belyeu share the team and Big 12 Conference lead with 16 home runs.


Cincinnati has found speed on the base paths to be a real asset this season, they are 20th in the country with 90 stolen bases. Josh Hegemann leads the Bearcats with a .343 batting average while Josh Kross has a team-high 13 home runs and 54 RBI.


JJ Wetherholt leads West Virginia with a .339 batting average while Grant Hussey and Kyle West each have 11 home runs to lead the Mountaineers.


Brady Day’s .349 average leads Kansas State and is 10th in the Big 12 followed by Kaelen Culpepper’s .322 batting average. Chuck Ingram and Raphael Pelletier have each hit nine home runs this season for the Wildcats.


Houston's Cary Arbolida ranks second in Big 12 play in both home runs (7) and slugging percentage (.811). Arbolida has hit multiple home runs in three different games this season.


Matt Prevesk leads UCF this season with a .350 batting average. Prevesk also has 13 extra-base hits, 31 runs scored, and 29 RBI. Jack Zyska is next with a .329 batting average and leads the team with 10 home runs, 39 runs scored, and 39 RBI. Lex Boedicker leads the Knights in doubles with 11 this season and is second in both runs batted in (36) and runs scored (35).


Baylor's Cole Posey had a red-hot month of April, batting .442 (23-for-52) in 14 games and leading the team with five home runs and 15 runs driven in. After going 4-for-4 Tuesday night, Posey has now reached safely in each of his last eight plate appearances and will seek his eighth-consecutive hit in his first at-bat this weekend.


BYU third baseman Easton Jones is tied with Texas outfielder Max Belyeu for the Big 12 lead in home runs in conference play with 10. Jones also ranks fourth with 61 total bases in Big 12 games and he joins Cooper Vest as one of two BYU players to start and play all 41 games in 2024.


Big Numbers

Oklahoma State's Nolan Schubart was 5-for-5 with seven RBI on Tuesday against Wichita State. Schubart also hit four home runs in the game, which is a new school record.


Tuesday's win by Texas Tech over UTRGV was the 450th victory in Tim Tadlock's career.


 

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