The Longhorns, now one win shy of 30 wins on the season and 9-3 in the Big 12, weren’t the only teams to register a three-game sweep this past weekend. Texas Tech (28-11, 8-7) took all three games against visiting Kansas State (20-16, 2-7), the defending Big 12 champions, and Oklahoma State (26-10, 8-4) went on the road and handed West Virginia (16-15, 2-6) its second winless weekend series in a row. The Mountineers have lost seven in a row after starting out their conference season with two opening wins over Baylor (16-19, 4-7).
Texas owns a one game lead over Oklahoma State and two games over TCU in the conference standings after the weekend action.
TCU won the first two games of its series with the Kansas Jayhawks, but dropped the finale in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader, ending the Horned Frogs seven-game winning streak. Kansas starter Frank Duncan held the TCU bats to just five hits in going 8 1/3 innings for a 5-1 victory in the night cap after the Horned Frogs had taken the first game 3-1.
In the only other Big 12 baseball action over the weekend, Baylor, like Kansas, salvaged a 7-4 win in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader with Dallas Baptist (26-10) to avoid a series sweep.
Here are a dozen more noteworthy fun facts and stats from the weekend’s Big 12 action:
- Texas scored in the opening inning in each of its three games against Oklahoma. The Longhorns are 16-1 this season when they score in the first inning.
- Texas has won the last 10 games played at OU. The Sooners won two of three last season in Austin.
- The last time Oklahoma was swept in a series against a Big 12 opponent was two seasons ago – its was at home and the opponent was Texas.
- Only six times in the 18 seasons since the Big 12 was formed has Texas Tech won a series from the defending Big 12 champions. That has now happened in each of the past two seasons (two out of three against Baylor in 2013 and this season with a three-game sweep of Kansas State).
- Texas Tech is 28-11 overall this season, its best record after 39 games since 1999, when the Red Raiders were 31-8 at this stage of the season.
- Texas Tech sophomore first-baseman Eric Gutierrez went five for 11 and batted .455 in the Red Raiders’ series sweep over Kansas State. For the week, Gutierrez batted .533 (8 for 15), with five runs scored, seven RBI and a home run. For that, the Red Raiders first baseman was named Big 12 Player of the Week.
- Kansas State pitchers yielded 14 hits to Texas Tech, including seven doubles, in Sunday’s finale. Red Raider second-baseman Bryant Burleson had three of his team’s seven two-base hits.
- Oklahoma State last swept a Big 12 series on the road two seasons ago (at Kansas State in 2012). The Cowboys took all three games at West Virginia over the weekend.
- West Virginia left-handed starter Harrison Musgrave pitched brilliantly for seven innings in the series opener with Oklahoma State on Friday. To that point, the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year last season had given up just four hits and no earned runs and had struck out five before the roof caved in on him in the visiting half of the eighth inning. The Cowboys scored four times that inning and went on to shutout the Mountaineers 6-0 in game one of their weekend series.
- TCU has the fourth best team fielding percentage in the conference and has committed just 33 errors all season. The Horned Frogs were errorless in their three games with Kansas and have now gone four consecutive games without committing a fielding miscue.
- Kansas junior right-fielder Connor McKay hit three home runs in the Jayhawks’ home weekend series with TCU, extending his league lead in that category to nine round trippers on the season.
- Baylor had won six consecutive games against Missouri Valley Conference foe Dallas Baptist before this weekend.