Big 12 Tournament Complete Coverage

Updated: Jun 1

The Big 12 Tournament is underway in Arlington Texas, and College Baseball Nation has all of the coverage you need.

Big 12 Championship Final: Oklahoma 8, Texas 1

Oklahoma ran away with the Big 12 Championship by defeating Texas 8-1 on Sunday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

After two quick outs to open the game, Ivan Melendez hit his first home run of the Big 12 Championship over the wall in right-center field. The blast was the 29th home run of the season for Melendez.

The 1-0 Texas lead stood until the bottom of the third inning when Oklahoma came alive. The Sooners put up eight runs on three different pitchers to take a commanding 8-1 lead into the fourth inning.

Tanner Tredaway delivered a two RBI single which chased Texas reliever Aaron Nixon from the game as the Longhorns went to Tristan Stevens for the fourth time out of the bullpen this week to stop the bleeding. Jimmy Crooks hit the first offering from Stevens deep into the right field seats, a three-run blast, to cap the scoring.

Cade Horton pitched the Sooners into the sixth inning when he took his exit with one out as he approached one hundred pitches. Horton went 5 2/3 innings pitched and allowed just the one run on two hits. Horton was also selected as the Player of the Game for the Championship Game.

Horton was followed out of the bullpen by Chazz Martinez and Trevin Michael who closed the door on the Longhorns. Two ninth inning hits inflated the overall total, but Sooner pitching only allowed four hits in the game.

Tredaway, who had the most hits of any player in the Big 12 Championship with nine, was proud of his team's performance on Sunday, and he was especially mindful of the rivalry between the two schools.

"This is just unbelievable, and to do it against Texas, is even greater," Tredaway said. "We showed up and we had a big inning, and that was all we needed. We're Big 12 Champs."

Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson simplified the winning approach of his team after the victory.

"Just taking it one pitch at a time and try to win pitches, that's all we're trying to do as a team," Johnson said.

Peyton Graham was selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the 2022 Big 12 Championship for his performance over the entire week. Graham was 6-for-16 with two home runs and seven RBI in the Big 12 Championship. Graham was joined on the All-Tournament Team by three of his teammates, while their Sunday opponent, Texas, had three players make the team.

During the final two innings of the game, the NCAA Selection Committee released its selections for host sites next weekend. Oklahoma State and Texas were both selected to host NCAA Regionals. Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and TCU will play in Regionals, but they will be leaving town to do so.

Game 13: Texas 9, Oklahoma State 2

Updated Saturday, May 28, 9:03 p.m. CT

For as lopsided as Saturday morning's first game was when No. 13 Oklahoma State routed No. 19 Texas 8-1, the afternoon contest was just as unbalanced in the opposite direction as Texas advanced to the Big 12 Championship final with a 9-2 win over the Cowboys. Oklahoma State got out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The rest of the game was all Texas after that as the Longhorns plated nine runs before the Cowboys scored again. Despite a first inning run, Andre Duplantier II was good in his two-inning start for Texas and he gave his team what it needed: room to breathe. Already with one RBI, which came in the second inning of the game, Trey Faltine (3-for-5) batted with the bases loaded in the third inning and cleared the bases with a double. Texas led 7-1 by the time their half of the third inning was over. Jared Southard with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball and Marcus Olivarez with two scoreless innings out of the Texas bullpen preceded a scoreless ninth inning by Tristan Stevens to close out the victory. Luke Harrison was also a piece of the puzzle out of the Texas bullpen, going 2 1/3 innings and allowing just one run. Faltine was modest in his postgame comments about his bases-clearing double that drove in three runs. "I knew that he loved his fastball and he tried to pitch up in the zone, so I was just trying to get him down," Faltine said. "But it could have been anybody right there. Our team puts in the work. Anybody could come up right there in that situation and do what I did." The win by the Longhorns sets up a Big 12 Championship final between Texas and Oklahoma at 5 p.m. CT on Sunday afternoon.

Game 12: Oklahoma 4, Kansas State 3

Updated Saturday, May 28, 5:18 p.m. CT

If there is any such thing as a quiet game that really mattered, it was on display in Arlington at the Big 12 Championship on Saturday afternoon as Oklahoma eliminated Kansas State 4-3.

The Wildcats scored their three runs on RBI singles in the second, fifth, and eighth innings.

Oklahoma erased a 2-1 deficit in the sixth inning on a Jimmy Crooks (2-for-4) double to the wall in center field. Peyton Graham (2-for-4) added a solo home run in the seventh inning to give the Sooners a two-run lead.

Kansas State got to within a run in the eighth inning, but the Wildcats did not have enough as they fell 4-3 and had their season come to an end.

David Sandlin was superb for Oklahoma in his start. Sandlin allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings pitched and struck out ten Kansas State batters.

Sandlin lost his sister earlier in the week and she was obviously in his thoughts as he worked with a heavy heart on Saturday.

"I was just, of course, playing for my sister that passed away this last week," Sandlin said after the game. "I knew she was going to be there today, so I had to go out there and play for her."

Oklahoma is headed to the Big 12 Championship game on Sunday afternoon at 5pm. The Sooners will face either Texas or Oklahoma State after those two teams decide matters in a Saturday afternoon matchup, their second game against each other on Saturday.

Game 11: Oklahoma State 8, Texas 1

Updated Saturday, May 28, 1:38 p.m. CT

Oklahoma State set up another matchup with Texas later on Saturday by winning the first game of the day 8-1 at the Big 12 Championship in Arlington.

The Cowboys jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a Jake Thompson (2-for-4) two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Thompson then doubled in the second inning driving in two more runs. Griffin Doersching added a RBI double and the Cowboys led 6-0 going to the third inning.

The game felt finished at that time, but it was still a few more innings before Texas started to rest players that they would need in Saturday’s second game against Oklahoma State.

Ryan Bogusz (3-0) was outstanding for the Cowboys in his start. Bogusz allowed just one run on five hits as he pitched eight complete innings, exiting in the ninth inning with one runner on base. That runner eventually scored, after Bugusz left the mound.

The long outing by Bogusz spared the Oklahoma State bullpen, which has not been heavily taxed this week in Arlington.

Oklahoma State head coach Josh Holliday was hoping for three, four, or five good innings from Bogusz, who is typically a relief pitcher.

Asked about getting a start instead of pitching in relief on Saturday, Bogusz seemed unfazed.

“I think it’s just the same,” Bogusz said. “Take inning by inning, out by out and do the same thing out of the bullpen, but start the game that way.” These two teams will square off again later Saturday, after the Oklahoma and Kansas State contest. The winner goes to the Big 12 Championship game tomorrow and likely earns a hosting spot, the loser heads home and awaits to find out their postseason fate on Monday morning.

Game 10: Kansas State 6, Texas Tech 5

Updated Saturday, May 28, 1:08 a.m. CT

It took eleven innings and just over four hours but Kansas State outlasted Texas Tech on Friday night and into Saturday morning with a 6-5 victory to stay alive in the Big 12 Championship. Kansas State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning with a three-run frame. Nick Goodwin led off the inning with a solo home run to get the scoring started. Wildcats starter German Fajardo tossed five solid innings and allowed just two runs on two hits against the Red Raiders before departing in the sixth inning. Kansas State got to Big 12 Pitcher of the Year William Birdsell for four runs over six innings, but Birdsell departed with the lead in the seventh inning after a very serviceable start for the right-hander. Ty Coleman drove in three runs for the Red Raiders. One run scored on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, while two runs came home on a double to right-center field in the sixth inning which tied the game at three. After Kansas State tied the game at five in the top of the ninth inning, Texas Tech had no answer in the bottom of the frame, sending the game to extra innings. In the top of the eleventh inning, the Wildcats played small-ball as Josh Nicoloff put down a perfect sacrifice bunt to plate the go-ahead run. Dylan Phillips took the mound for the bottom of the eleventh inning for the Wildcats with a 6-5 lead. For Phillips, the Wildcats first baseman for the first ten innings, it was his second relief appearance in as many days. Phillips faced on three batters, and struck out two, to close out the victory. Texas Tech had just seven hits in the ballgame, none of them home runs, as they simply could not figure out Kansas State pitching. Texas Tech is done at the Big 12 Championship, and they are not in the hosting conversation. The Red Raiders will play in a Regional next weekend, but this year the question is: Where? Kansas State has a quick turnaround after an emotional win. The Wildcats face Oklahoma in just over twelve hours, early on Saturday afternoon needing to defeat the Sooners twice in order to advance to the championship game on Sunday against either Texas or Oklahoma State.

Game 9: Oklahoma State 8, TCU 4

Updated Friday, May 27, 8:28 p.m. CT

Oklahoma State rallied from an early three-run deficit to extend their Big 12 Championship run for at least another day with a convincing 8-4 victory over TCU on Friday afternoon. The regulation game lasted well over four hours at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

The Horned Frogs were without head coach Kirk Saarloos in the game as he was suspended for two games after a Thursday night ejection for arguing with the umpiring crew.

TCU took a 2-0 lead in the first inning with Kurtis Byrne and Bobby Goodloe each bringing home a run. Neither starting pitcher made it past the third inning on Friday, which left the fate of the game to bullpens that were in their third straight day of high-pressure work. Trailing 3-0 in the third inning, Griffin Doersching launched a baseball 449 feet to center field. The two-run blast got the Cowboys back within a run. With the game tied at four in the top of the fifth inning, Oklahoma State loaded the bases with no one out. Singles by Caeden Trenkle (3-for-4) and Zach Ehrhard each drove in two runs and the Cowboys built an 8-4 lead. Roman Phansalkar was tremendous out of the bullpen for the Cowboys. Phansalkar stabilized things over the middle innings as he went five innings and allowed just one run on two hits while striking out six. After the game, Phansalkar talked about what was working for him against the Horned Frogs. “The sinker was working,” Phansalkar said. “I hadn’t thrown the change-up a lot, it’s mainly a pitch I throw to lefties, and I just don’t face as many lefties as we saw with TCU today, so they kind of forced me me to be good with that pitch.” Griffin Doersching has been a spark for his team the last two days and he is relishing what that means to his guys. “I love it,” Doersching said. “I love getting our team going. I love bringing the energy.” The Horned Frogs are finished in the Big 12 Championship having gone 1-2. TCU will await their postseason fate over the weekend. The Big 12 regular season champion seems like an automatic host, though their short effort in Arlington likely ended talk of a national seed. Oklahoma State will face Texas at 9am on Saturday. A loss for the Cowboys ends their run in Arlington, while a victory gives them a fighting chance with another game later on Saturday against Texas. Since being shut out by Texas on Wednesday, the Cowboys have scored nineteen runs in two games and a good win against TCU continues to have them in the hosting discussion.

Game 8: Oklahoma 6, Texas Tech 3

Updated Thursday, May 26, 11:45 p.m. CT

Oklahoma continued its late season surge by defeating Texas Tech 6-3 in the final game of Thursday's Big 12 Championship action in Arlington. Jackson Nicklaus got the Sooners on the board first with a three-run line drive home run that just made it over the right field wall in the top of the second inning. Leading 3-1 in the seventh inning, Peyton Graham (2-for-4) drove in two more runs for the Sooners with a bases-loaded two-out single into right field. Oklahoma added a run on an error and took a commanding 6-1 lead to the stretch. Graham was the only Sooners hitter with multiple hits in the contest.

Left-hander Jake Bennett made the start for Oklahoma and he turned in a dominant performance over 7 2/3 innings. Bennett allowed just two hits and one run while striking out twelve. Bennett was still hitting the mid-nineties with his fastball in the eighth inning as he neared and then crossed the one-hundred pitch threshold. The two hits allowed by Bennett both came in the third inning. Kurt Wilson added a one-out, two-run home run deep to left-center in the bottom of the ninth inning, but that was as close as the Red Raiders got as they fell 6-3. “When you have good pitchers, you become a good pitching coach,” said Sooners head coach Skip Johnson after the game. “Jake was outstanding tonight. It was really awesome to watch.” The late season surge has Oklahoma in the potential hosting discussion. The Sooners are not there yet, but a trip to the finals in Arlington, or better, winning the final game, would greatly increase the odds of postseason play in Norman next weekend.

Texas Tech will face Kansas State on Friday night at 7 p.m. CT. Oklahoma is off until early Saturday afternoon when they will play the winner between Kansas State and Texas Tech.

Game 7: Texas 5, TCU 3

Updated Thursday, May 26, 8:47 p.m. CT

The No. 19 Texas Longhorns bolstered their case for postseason in Austin by defeating No. 23 TCU on Thursday night in Arlington at Globe Life Park in the Big 12 Championship Murphy Stehly hit a three-run home run in the opening frame to give Texas a 3-0 lead before the Horned Frogs even got to the plate on Thursday. Having cut the deficit to 3-2, TCU balked in a run in the eighth before a RBI single made it 5-2 Texas going to the bottom of the inning. Left-hander Lucas Gordon was masterful on the mound in his start for Texas. Gordon allowed one earned run and limited the Horned Frogs to just two hits before he exited after 7 2/3 innings pitched having thrown 111 pitches, but he was cramping in his left hamstring and head coach David Pierce opted to go to the bullpen. Tristan Stevens entered the game in the eighth to record the final four outs for the second day in a row. Gray Rodgers got to Stevens with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for a solo home run on an 0-2 pitch in a losing cause. Stevens has pitched in relief in each of the Longhorns first two games in Arlington, so Texas probably needs a solid start from someone else if they are to play long enough to get the ball back in Pete Hansen's hand by the time the Big 12 Championship ends.