The Mountaineers are 2-0 in their first weekend of Big 12 action and 15-8 overall. The Mountaineers led 7-2 on Friday vs. Baylor when ace weekend starter Harrison Musgrave departed the game after giving up just two earned runs on four hits. Baylor scored five runs in the eighth to tie the game, before West Virginia pushed across a run in the bottom half of the night to secure the win.
West Virginia had an easier time on Sunday, as junior right-hander Sean Carley hurled a complete-victory, 4-1, for his fifth win without a loss in seven starts this season. For that performance, Carley was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week.
Kansas State second-baseman Ross Kivett had a stellar week at the plate, collecting multiple hits in each of four games last week, including hitting for the cycle in a midweek win over Nebraska. Kivett has a Big-12 best 10 hits for the week in 17 official plate appearances. His stat line for the week was 10 hits, seven runs batted in, seven runs scored, a .600 on-base percentage and a 1.o59 slugging percentage.
After Kivett’s punishing offensive display, there wasn’t a lot of question over who the Player of the Week was in the conference. Oh, and by the way, K-State (17-10, 1-2) finished the week with a 3-1 record after taking two of three at home against Creighton over the weekend.
Redshirt sophomore left-hander Adam Choplick became the first Oklahoma starter to win a game in two weeks, giving up just four hits and one earned run in recording a 2-1 win over Kansas on Saturday after OU had taken the series opener the day before by the same score. Kansas (18-10, 3-3) salvaged the series finale on Sunday in another one-run game, 4-3.
Freshman catcher/first-baseman Tres Barrera was the hitting hero for eighth-ranked (Baseball America) Texas (22-7, 3-3), leading the Longhorns to wins on Friday and Sunday against in-state rival Texas Tech (22-9, 4-5). Barerra went three-for-four with two doubles and three RBI in an 11-1 Texas win in the series opener, and followed that up with a three-for-five performance at the plate, including a home run, in an 8-4 loss to the Red Raiders on Saturday.
Texas came back on Sunday to take the rubber game in the series, scoring three runs in the top of the 12th inning to pull out a 5-2 victory after Texas Tech had tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. The Red Raiders, who have already played nine conference games, are ranked 25th this week in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
For the week ended Sunday, Texas’ Barerra was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week. He was seven-for-19 for the week and had a slugging percentage if .737.
Oklahoma State (19-9, 3-3) got 13 hits from eight different players and five innings of hitless relief pitching from senior Vince Wheeland out of the bullpen, as the Cowboys won 9-4 Sunday against TCU to win their first Big 12 series of the season. Baylor won two of three from OSU a week ago. Oklahoma State and TCU split the first two games in the series, with the Horned Frogs taking the opener 3-1 and the Cowboys winning 2-1 on Saturday.
Other Big 12 baseball notes as the calendar turns to April:
- All nine Big 12 schools that participate in college baseball have winning overall records through games of Sunday.
- Kansas State started out the 2014 season going 1-7 in its first eight games, all away from home. Since then, The Wildcats are 16-3. Two of those losses came at Oklahoma in K-State’s only Big 12 series so far.
- The other team from Kansas, the Jayhawks, began its season going 11-1. Since then, the Jayhawks are 7-9 and 3-3 in the conference.
- Texas series win over Texas Tech over the weekend was the Longhorns first Big 12 series win after 12 consecutive series losses dating back to the 2012 season.
- Texas is No. 8 this week in the Baseball America weekly poll and is ranked 11 or higher in all four major college baseball polls.
- When Kansas State senior second-baseman Ross Kivett hit for the cycle against Nebraska last week he became the first Wildcat to hit for the cycle in 17 years.
- New Oklahoma head coach Pete Hughes is still looking for the right lineup combination apparently. He has used a different lineup in over 20 of the Sooners 29 games this season.
- Texas’ 5-1 midweek victory over Texas State last week gave longtime Longhorn head coach Augie Garrido 1,894 career wins, the most by any college baseball coach at any level. Garrido passes Gordon Gillespie for the most wins. In his 18th season at Texas, Garrido has won 745 games while at Texas.
- Big 12 teams are 9-4 against the Big Ten and 3-0 vs. the Atlantic Coast Conference this season.