Big 12 Baseball Weekly Notes Package

by Dan M | Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2015

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Courtesy big12sports.com
Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech remain ranked this week with TCU staying in the top 10 of all five national polls, including a spot as high as No. 6. Oklahoma State is also listed in the top 10 at No. 9, while Tech sits as high as No. 18 and Oklahoma held onto its No. 23 ranking.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State stay tied atop the league standings after each team won its latest conference series, 2-1.
Four of the Big 12’s teams ranked 1-5 in the standings will face off this weekend as Oklahoma State meets third-place Texas Tech and fourth-place TCU hosts fifth-place Texas. The Sooners are off this weekend in conference action. All five teams rank in the top 50 nationally in ERA.
Texas broke out for 23 hits against Kansas last Sunday, falling two shy of the program record 25 (1998). The 23 hits matched Oklahoma for the most by a Big 12 team this season. C.J Hinojosa batted for the cycle, marking the first time a Longhorn has accomplished the feat since 2007. It is the 15th cycle in Big 12 history and most recent since May of last season.
With his next win, Kansas State head coach Brad Hill will collect victory No. 800 in his career. Hill is 799-384-3 over 21 seasons.
TCU and Oklahoma St enter the week with RPIs in the top 15 as the Frogs sit at No. 9, while the Cowboys are 15th. TCU holds it top spot in the nation in ERA and is second nationally in shutouts with eight, twice as many as any other league team.   Both the Frogs and Cowboys have yet to be shut out on the year. In addition to TCU leading the nation in ERA, a Big 12 pitcher also leads the individual category as TTU’s Corey Taylor’s 0.36 ERA is tops is the best in the country entering the week.
Kansas’ Connor McKay holds a 27-game

active reached base streak – the longest in the conference on the year.
Kolbey Carpenter was named the Big 12 Player of the Week marking his third honor in the category on the season. He becomes one of four players in league history to claim the accolade three or more times in the same season. It was last done by KU’S – Price in 2010.
Texas Tech’s Cameron Smith also earned his third weekly award on the year, picking up the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week. He is one of 16 pitchers to win the award three or more times in one season and the first Red Raider to accomplish the feat.

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