As much as any sport, baseball is a game defined and decided by numbers. Here is our weekly examination of 2014 Big 12 baseball as viewed through a numerical lens:
1 – With one more victory, the Texas Longhorns will reach the 30-win level for the 14th time in the 18 seasons the Big 12 has been in existence. The Longhorns have won 50 or more games in a seasons seven times in the Big 12 era. Only three times as a member of the Big 12 has Texas failed to reach 30 wins in a season.
3 – Number of Big 12 teams (Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech) tanked in the top 25 of at least one of the four major college baseball polls. Texas is ranked at No. 4 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball weekly rankings, its highest ranking this season.
4 – Home runs clubbed last week by Kansas sophomore outfielder Connor McKay. He hit three of them in a Saturday doubleheader against TCU. McKay leads the Big 12 with nine long balls in 2014.
5 – Weekends remaining in the conference schedule before the 2014 Big 12 Baseball Championship in Oklahoma City.
5:52 – Length in hours and minutes of the Tuesday night game between Bedlam rivals Oklahoma and Oklahoma State that went 18 innings before Oklahoma scored three runs in the top half of the 18th to pull out a 12-9 victory and snap a four-game losing string. It was the longest game in OU program history.
14 – Strikeouts by West Virginia sophomore left-hander Ross Vance in pitching the Mountaineers to a 4-1 win over Ohio State on Tuesday, snapping West Virginia’s seven game losing streak. It was Vance’s first career start as a Mountaineer.
22 – Years since the last time Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The Sooners last win in Stillwater before Tuesday night was in 1992.
22 – Hits allowed by Kansas State pitchers Tuesday night in a 14-5 loss at Nebraska. Kansas State scored the first four runs of the game in the top of the first, but managed just one more the rest of the way in recording its 17th loss of the season. The Wildcats lost only 19 times all of last season.
29 – With Texas Tech’s three-game sweep of defending-conference champion Kansas State last week, the Red Raiders surpassed their win total of last season. The Red Raiders were 26-30 overall last season, and are 29-11 through mid-April in 2014.
72 – Career stolen bases by the 2013 Big 12 Player of the Year Ross Kivett of Kansas State. That ranks the K-State second baseman ninth on the career Big 12 list for stolen bases.
84 – TCU weekend starter Brandon Finnegan leads the Big 12 with 84 strikeouts. That’s 20 more than any other pitcher in the conference.
300 – Augie Garrido of Texas needs just four more wins to reach 300 victories as the Longhorns head coach. The Longhorns beat UT-Arlington 10-2 on Tuesday, giving Garrido 297 victories at Texas. He has been the Texas coach throughout the time the Longhorns have been in the Big 12. His overall record at Texas is now 297-175-1.