Numbers rarely if ever lie, and that is why we take a closer look at Big 12 baseball by the numbers each and every week during the college baseball season.
Texas‘ five-game winning streak came to an end on Tuesday when No. 21 Rice corralled the seventh-ranked Longhorns by a score of 7-2. The Longhorns lead the Big with a 6-3 conference record. They have won 11 of the last 13 games, and have an important road series this weekend at Oklahoma.
All nine conference teams were in action on Tuesday evening outside of the conference. Only four of the nine came away as winners, however. And only TCU and Oklahoma State logged wins among the top five teams in the league standings.
Here are some more numbers that offer an interesting perspective on Big 12 baseball this season:
.403 – League-leading batting average by Oklahoma catcher Mac James through all games.
.800 – Winning percentage by Texas in winning four out of five games this year against teams ranked in the top 25.
0 – Number of times in program history Oklahoma State has played at West Virginia. The Cowboys are making their first trip ever to Morgantown this coming weekend.
7 - TCU junior infielder Derek Odell extended his hitting streak to seven games – five straight multi-hit games, with a three-for-four performance in a 7-1 win on Tuesday over Dallas Baptist. Odell has now had 11 multi-hit games this season.
8 – Runs batted in by Oklahoma freshman Sheldon Neuse in a 17-4 win over Cal State-Bakersfield this past weekend. That was the most RBI in a single game by a Sooner in 27 years. Eight RBI in a game is also a season best in the Big 12 in 2014.
12 – Average strikeouts per game recorded by TCU junior starter Brandon Finnegan in eight starts this season. His 80 strikeouts for the season rank second nationally.
24 – Freshman relief pitcher Blake Battenfield of Oklahoma State went 23 scoreless innings before yielding his first run this season in a relief appearance Sunday against Texas Tech. The Cowboys went on to win the game 8-3.
32 – Consecutive errorless innings by Texas Tech, which leads the Big 12 in fielding, before a seventh-inning error against Oklahoma State on Sunday., the longest active streak in the Big 12.
33 – Consecutive games this season in which Texas’ Mark Payton has successfully reached base. He has a current active streak of 68 games in a row dating back to last season.