Big 12 Baseball: Pair of Conference Series Highlight Week

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, March 26th, 2016

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By Wendall Barnhouse
big12sports.com

The conference season is in full swing this weekend following a
pair of league series last week. TCU swept West Virginia and travels
to Texas with a 3-0 conference mark, while Tech defeated Baylor, 2-1.
This weekend features four conference series, three of which
start on Thursday with the Easter Sunday holiday, along with 13
non-conference games. A pair of weekend league games are slated for
FS1 national coverage – Oklahoma State at K-State on Thursday and TCU
at Texas on Saturday.
For the first time this season, TCU is in the top five of five
national polls, checking in as high as No. 5. Oklahoma State is in the
top 25 on four lists, including a No. 19 ranking, while Texas Tech is
receiving votes on the USA Today Coaches’ poll.
Oklahoma enters the week on a six-game winning streak after five
road wins last week. The Sooners’ next five contests are also away
from Norman as they continue a 10-game road trip. OU is one of 14
teams nationally with a win streak of six or more games.
TCU (7 wins) and Oklahoma (5) both hold road winning streaks
that rank in the top eight nationally.
Big 12 teams continue to compete in close contests with seven of
the league’s 12 non-conference losses last week determined by two runs
or less. On the year, of the Big 12’s 70 losses in non-league play, 31
have been by a margin of three runs or less.
Kansas (8), Oklahoma (9), Texas (9) and Oklahoma State (13) all
have at least eight games which have been determined by one run or two
runs with the 10 of the Cowboys’ contests decided by one run and seven
of UT’s.
Each of the nine league squads has faced at least one ranked
opponent on the season at the time of the meeting for a combined 43
games against ranked non-conference competition.
TCU leads the league and is the top 10 nationally in batting
(10th), on-base percentage (8th) and slugging percentage (9th) with
Elliott Barzilli the league leader in multi-hit and multi-RBI games.
The Frogs have five batters with five or more multi-RBI games this
season.
Austin Hansen (Oklahoma) and Brian Howard (TCU) are among 43
pitchers who have atleast four wins and are undefeated on the season.
Hansen is one of four freshman.

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