Big 12 Baseball Weekly Notes Package

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, March 28th, 2015



Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech all remain ranked for the sixth straight week. TCU sits as high as No. 4, while Texas is as high as 10th, Oklahoma State 12th and Texas Tech at 17th.
This weekend will mark the third week of conference play with three series on tap. The Big 12 also has 18 non-conference games this week and is 103-69 in non-conference action thus far.
After a 2-1 series win at TCU this past weeked, Oklahoma State has won eight straight conference series dating back to 2014. The only series the Cowboys lost a year ago was their Big 12 opener against Baylor. Oklahoma State has won nine of its last 11 contests on the year.
After a weekend sweep of K-State at home, Texas sits atop the Big 12 standings with a 5-1 mark. While UT has eight overall losses on the year, six of those have been by two runs or less. Texas has lost by more than three runs just once on the season.
Kansas is the lone Big 12 team yet to play a league game, but the Jayhawks will open their conference season at TTU this weekend. KU holds a nine-game conference win streak after sweeping its final three Big 12 series to close out 2014. The streak is tied for the sixth longest in conference history. On the flip side, Tech finished 2014 winning its final nine home Big 12 games.
TCU’s Evan Skoug owns the conference’s longest hitting streak on the season at 18 contests (active).
Texas’ Ben Johnson leads the league with 14 multi-hit games. He is also among the nation’s best in hits, ranking fifth over

all. Additionally, he leads the league in triples, total bases, and slugging percentage.
TCU (5), Oklahoma State (4) and Texas Tech (4) are among 18 teams nationally with four or more shutouts this season.
Texas Tech’s Corey Taylor has a 0.00 ERA in 24.2 innings pitched in relief this season (10 appearances). He is the only pitcher in the nation who has yet to allow a run on the year.
TCU leads the nation with a 1.77 ERA and is one of two schools that ranks in the top 10 nationally in ERA and fielding percentage (8th).

Carpenter, Freeman and Raley Tabbed Weekly Award Recipients

Kolbey Carpenter (Oklahoma), Michael Freeman (Oklahoma State) and Cory Raley (Texas Tech) have earned Big 12 baseball weekly awards for games played March 16-22.
Carpenter is the Player of the Week for the second time this season, while Freeman picks up his second Pitcher of the Week honor on the year. Raley earns the Newcomer of the Week award.

Kolbey Carpenter, Oklahoma, Jr., INF, Waco, Texas / West
Carpenter powered the Sooners to a quality bounce-back win over No. 10 Texas Tech on Saturday with a three-run home run, his fifth of the season, in the bottom of the fifth to erase a brief, 2-0 deficit. Batting leadoff for the first time in his career, Carpenter went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI in his first career four-hit game. On Sunday, he went 1-for-3 and knocked in a crucial insurance run that held up as the eventual game-winning RBI. For the week, Carpenter hit .455 (5-for-11) with four RBI and two stolen bases, while earning two starts at first base, one at second and appeared in left field.

Michael Freeman,Okla State, Sr.LHP, Broken Arrow, Okla./Eastern Ok. State
Freeman tossed his first career complete game in Sunday’s series finale at TCU to lead Oklahoma State to a series win over the top-ranked Horned Frogs. The senior southpaw racked up nine strikeouts, one shy of his career high, and allowed only one earned run in the Cowboys’ 7-2 victory. A native of Broken Arrow, Okla., Freeman scattered six hits, five of them singles, over the nine inning effort and issued just one walk. He threw a career-high 127 pitches, 87 of those for strikes, as he improved to 4-0 on the season.

Cory Raley, Texas Tech, Jr., DH/INF, Uvalde, Texas/Temple College
Raley paced the Red Raiders last week in five games batting .391 (9-for-23) with five runs, two doubles, a triple, two RBI, a walk and a stolen base with a .417 on-base percentage and .565 slugging percentage. He had three straight three-hit performances going 3-for-6 with a double against Oral Roberts, going 3-for-5 with three runs, a triple and a stolen base against the Golden Eagles in game two and opening Tech’s series at Oklahoma going 3-for-4 with a run, double and two RBI to lead Tech to a series-opening 6-1 victory in Norman.


Player of the Week
Feb 16  Eric Gutierrez, Texas Tech,Jr., 1B    Feb 23       Kolbey Carpenter, OU, Jr.,INF/OF Mar 2     Aaron Dodson, Baylor, So., 1B/C
Mar 9     Sheldon Neuse, OU, So., SS
Mar 16     Cody Jones, TCU, Sr., OF
Mar 23  Kolbey Carpenter,OU, Jr., INF/OF

Pitcher of the week
Feb 16    Sean Spicer, Baylor, Sr., RHP
Jake Elliott, Oklahoma, So., RHP
Feb 23     Preston Morrison, TCU, Sr., RHP
Mar 2     Michael Freeman, OSU, Sr., LHP
Mar 9    Alex Young, TCU, Jr., LHP
Mar 16  Cameron Smith, Texas Tech, Sr.,
Mar 23  Michael Freeman, OSU, Sr., LHP

Newcomer of the week
Feb 16    Kevin Bradley, OSU, So., INF
Feb 23    Jon Littell, OSU, Fr., OF
Michael Cantu, Texas, Fr., C/1B
Mar 2    Justin Arrington, Baylor, Jr., SS
Mar 9     Tyler Moore, K-State, Jr., C
Mar 16     Connor Mayes, Texas, Fr., RHP
Mar 23  Cory Raley, Tech, Jr., DH/INF


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