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Big 12 Weekly Roundup (Feb. 23-27): Three Ranked Teams

Updated: Mar 8

The College Baseball Nation Top 25 for Week 2 once again has three teams from the Big 12: No. 5 TCU, No. 12 Texas, No. 18 Texas Tech.


Recapping the Weekend

No. 5 TCU swept then No. 17 ranked UCLA at Lupton Field. The Horned Frogs topped the Bruins by scores of 4-3, 6-3, and 13-3 in seven innings via the run-rule.


Payton Tolle (1-0) earned his first win since transferring to TCU and Ben Abeldt earned his third save of the season with two scoreless innings to set the tone for the weekend.

No. 12 Texas swept Cal Poly and shut out the Mustangs in all three games.


Lebarron Johnson Jr. set the tone for the weekend with a dominant outing on Friday night. Johnson threw eight scoreless innings, allowed just two hits, and struck out eight batters.


No. 18 Texas Tech had a highly offensive weekend with Texas Southern in town. The Red Raiders won by final scores of 32-5, 20-4, and 16-5 in a seven inning run-rule contest.


Baylor was swept at home over the weekend by a sound No. 21 Indiana team.


Three Kansas Jayhawks players were named to the All-Tournament Team at the Karbach Round Rock Classic. Catcher Jake English was chosen, INF Michael Brooks was one of four chosen, and OF Lenny Ashby was one of three chosen.


Weekly Awards

Big 12 Players of the Week

Player: Peyton Powell, Texas, UTL

Pitcher: Lebarron Johnson Jr., Texas, RHP

Newcomer: TJ Pompey, Texas Tech, IF


Midweeks

It took 12 innings, but TCU outlasted Washington State 8-7 in Ft. Worth on Tuesday night. Luke Boyers delivered a two-out bases-loaded single in the 12th inning for the game winner. Zachary Cawyer pitched three scoreless innings in relief to get the win.


TCU then handled Arizona on Wednesday night 6-1. The Horned Frogs pitching staff racked up 19 strikeouts against the Wildcats. TCU right-hander Braeden Sloan (3-0) threw six innings of shutout baseball in his first start of the season. Sloan allowed just three hits and struck out 13.


Texas handled their business against St. John’s on Tuesday night in Austin to improve to 7-1. Jalin Flores homered twice and was 3-for-5 with six RBI in the 15-4 win.


Oklahoma State (4-4) dropped its midweek contest at No. 21 Dallas Baptist by a final score of 14-4 in seven innings.


The Weekend Ahead

TCU will take on USC on Friday and Sunday and Arizona State on Saturday in Arlington at Globe Life Field, Texas as part of the third weekend of The Kubota College Baseball Series.


Houston and Texas will both be at Minute Maid Park this weekend to take part in The Astros Foundation College Classic. Houston will take on No. 11 Vanderbilt on Saturday morning at 11am local time. Meanwhile, Texas will take on No. 2 LSU on Friday night; Texas State on Saturday afternoon; Vanderbilt on Sunday morning. All nine games of this Classic will be broadcast for free on Astros.com, on the Houston Astros social media channels, and on Space City Home Network.


No. 18 Texas Tech will host Gardner-Webb this weekend.


Quoted

"First of all, Texas Southern runs a class program. I thought they did a great job with the way the games went. Baseball is a little bit different from other sports in that when you're in the position we were in this weekend, you're not supposed to do anything extra,” said Texas Tech head coach Tim Tadlock after a sweep of Texas Southern by a combined score of 68 to 14. “I thought both teams through the weekend handled that very well. I don't think our guys said a word the whole weekend. We try to teach them to go out and respect your opponent, respect the game, and play the game the right way. I think we did that through the weekend.”

 

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