Another Weekend of Big Conference Series By Wendall Barnhouse

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, April 30th, 2016

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By Wendall Barnhouse
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Following conference series losses, the league’s top two teams
will meet this weekend as Texas Tech travels to TCU. It marks a
meeting of the top two hitting teams as both squads also rank in the
top 25 nationally in scoring.
While last weekend featured the top four teams facing off, this
weekend can vouch for the same as Oklahoma State visits Texas with the
two teams tied for third place.
The Longhorns have won three straight conference series and, along
with Tech, are the only league team to win four of five Big 12 series
on the year.
OSU, TCU and TTU remain ranked in the top 25 this week as the Frogs
and Red Raiders sit in the top 10 (TCU at No. 7 and Tech at No. 10).
Oklahoma State ranks as high as No. 21. The three teams are also
ranked in the NCAA RPI top 25 – 15. Texas Tech, 21. TCU and 25.
Oklahoma State – as the Big 12 is one of three conferences with three
or more teams in the top 25.
Oklahoma State has won a Pitcher of the Week honor in six of the
season’s 10 weeks as the Cowboys tied the single-season record for
awards in that category with their latest honor this week. Their six
accolades this year are the most for one team since Baylor in 2005.
In the 69 conference games thus far, 30 have been decided by three
runs or less with 19 by just one run. Forty-six percent (44 of 95) of
the league’s non-conference losses have been by a margin of three runs
or less.
All but 18 of Oklahoma’s State 39 games have been determined by two
runs or less, while 18 of Texas’ 40 contests thus far have been by a
two-run margin.
The Big 12 is the only “Power Five” conference in which a different
league team has won the regular season each of the past five seasons.
The Conference can boast the same feat in its postseason championship
as the event has produced a different winner each of the past five
years, which can not be said for the league’s peer conferences.
Nationally, only three rookie pitchers have at least six wins and an
undefeated record, including TCU’s Dalton Horton (7-0) and Tech’s
Davis Martin.
Last Sunday’s games produced a pair of grand slams as KU’s Ty Denzer
hit a ninth inning one and WVU freshman Cole Austin hit one in the
Mountaineers’ comeback over Oklahoma.
The Big 12 is the only conference in the nation with three or more
teams ranking in the top 20 in double plays with TTU (third) and
Oklahoma State (fifth) in the top five along with Oklahoma ranking
17th

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