Texas is in ideal position late tonight to take a crack at regular-season champion Oklahoma State in a Big 12 baseball tournament winners-bracket game at Oklahoma City.
The Longhorns have all their top pitchers available, and they have emerged from a lengthy hitting funk.
Texas drilled Texas Tech 8-3 late Wednesday using Lukas Schiraldi and Chad Hollingsworth. They will send Dillon Peters (6-3, 2.27), fresh off a combined no-hitter with Morgan Cooper last Friday at Kansas State, to the mound against Oklahoma State ace Jon Perrin (7-3, 1.81).
The bats definitely have awakened. After racking up 41 hits and 25 runs in the K-State series, the 20th-ranked Longhorns had 13 hits and eight runs in the Big 12 tourney opener against 21st-ranked Tech. Zane Gurwitz had three hits, Mark Payton banged two doubles and Westwood ex Ben Johnson delivered two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored.
Tonight’s big game, scheduled for 7:30 at Bricktown Ballpark, is instead on track for an 8 p.m. start after the first two games of the day. It will be televised on FOXSW Plus and the Fox College Network. KVET-1300 (AM) is the radio outlet.
In the first two games of the day:
Baylor 4, Kansas 3: Seventh-seed Baylor upset third-seed Kansas, making the Jayhawks the first team out of the double-elimination tournament. The Bears scored all their runs in the third inning. Drew Tolson (4-5) worked six innings to get the win, and the Bears bullpen finished with shutout ball. Baylor will play the TCU-West Virginia loser on Friday afternoon.
Oklahoma 9, Texas Tech 8: Eighth-seed Oklahoma rallied from a 5-0 deficit to beat four-seed Texas Tech, eliminating the Red Raiders. Big 12 freshman of the year Sheldon Neuse drove in two runs in the ninth inning to win it for the Sooners.
OU will face the Texas-Oklahoma State loser on Friday night.
Both Tech and Kansas are still expected to make the NCAA tournament despite their early exits.
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