Four Big 12 Baseball Squads Advance to Sunday Regional Championship Games
After combining to go 5-0 on the opening day of NCAA Baseball regional play, Big 12 teams followed up with a 4-1 mark on Saturday as Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech all earned victories to advance to Sunday regional championship games. The Big 12 is 9-1 in NCAA postseason play in 2014.
With 2-0 records in their respective regionals, the Cowboys, Frogs, Longhorns and Red Raiders can punch tickets to Super Regional play with wins in Sunday’s evening contests. Kansas will meet Kentucky in an elimination game at 11 a.m. CT. With a win, the Jayhawks move on to the regional championship as well and will have to defeat Louisville twice for a Super Regional spot.
Big 12 teams are 27-9 in regional play over the past three years. The full slate of regional contests is available on WatchESPN/ESPN3, with the potential for games to be picked up on ESPN2 and/or ESPNU.
Sunday’s Schedule (June 1)
(3) Kansas vs. (2) No. 22 Kentucky - 11:00 a.m.
(1) No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. (3) No. 22 Cal State Fullerton/(2) No. 19 Nebraska - 6:00 p.m.
(1) No. 9 TCU vs. (2) No. 25 Sam Houston State/(4) Siena - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday’s Results (May 31)
(1) No. 8 Louisville 6, (3) Kansas 3
The Jayhawks recorded three errors en route to picking up their first loss in NCAA postseason play against regional host Louisville, 6-3, inside Jim Patterson Stadium. Four defensive miscues, which included the three errors, dug KU (35-25) into a hole early and the Jayhawks’ poor offensive approach early in the game made it nearly impossible to amount a comeback. Senior right-handed hurler Frank Duncan (6-4) gave up five runs off seven hits, with a little help of his team’s miscues on defense. To his credit, Duncan managed to regain his composure and toss the fifth complete game of the season to save the Kansas bullpen.
(2) No. 23 Texas Tech 3, (1) No. 3 Miami (Fla.) 0
Freshman left-handed pitcher Dylan Dusek led No. 23 Texas Tech to a 3-0 shutout over No. 3 Miami (Fla.) on Saturday evening at Alex Rodriguez Park – Mark Light Field. The shutout was the first by Texas Tech (42-18) in 35 all-time NCAA Tournament games. It was the first time the Hurricanes (42-18) have been shutout in the NCAA Tournament since 1995. In addition, Dusek became the first Red Raider freshman pitcher in school history to start for Tech in an NCAA Tournament game.
(2) No. 20 Texas 3, (1) No. 12 Rice 2 (11)
Brooks Marlow broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the 11th inning with a single up the middle scoring Zane Gurwitz and the No. 2 seed Texas Longhorns defeated No. 1 seed Rice, 3-2, to take control of the Houston Regional.
In an 11-inning marathon that did not end until 1:12 a.m., the Longhorns got excellent pitching from starter Parker French and reliever John Curtiss who retired all 12 Owls that he faced. French threw 6.2 strong innings, yielding just two runs and striking out six. Curtiss took command of the game as soon as he entered in the top of the eighth inning, striking out four in his four innings of work. The offense managed 14 hits, clawing their way back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits before finally taking the lead in the top of the 11th inning. Marlow had four hits, which tied a career high, with the fourth serving as the game winner in the top of the 11th.
(1) No. 7 Oklahoma State 13, (3) No. 22 Cal State Fullerton 7
Oklahoma State moved into the championship round of the NCAA Stillwater Regional with a 13-7 win over Cal State Fullerton in a winner’s bracket game Saturday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. With the win, the top-seeded Cowboys improved to 47-16 and to within one victory of advancing to the Super Regionals for the third time in program history (1999, 2007). OSU’s 47 wins are the most for the program since 1994 when the Cowboys racked up 49 victories.
The Cowboys never trailed against Cal State Fullerton and led by as many as eight runs on two occasions. The Titans (33-23) made things interesting in the late innings, but OSU was able to close out the win to remain unbeaten in the Regional. Jon Perrin picked up the win with a six-inning effort to improve to 8-4, while Tanner Krietemeier led the offensive attack with a 3-for-6 night that saw the first baseman tie a career high with five RBIs. OSU racked up 16 hits in the contest, and the 11 runs was the most allowed this season by the Titans, who entered the game as the NCAA leader in team ERA.
(1) No. 9 TCU 3, (2) No. 25 Sam Houston State 2 (22)
Boomer White’s two-out RBI single in the top of the 22nd inning gave TCU a 3-2 win over Sam Houston State in a contest that lasted nearly seven hours. The 22 innings was the second-longest postseason game in NCAA history and tied for the third longest overall. The game went six hours and 54 minutes.
White recorded his second game-winning hit in the opening two games of the Fort Worth Regional. His 11th-inning single Friday night gave TCU a 2-1 victory over Siena. In the top of the 22nd, Keaton Jones led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second by Kyle Bacak. Cody Jones then walked. One out later, White singled to left to score Keaton Jones. TCU closer Riley Ferrell, the seventh Horned Frogs pitcher, entered the game in the bottom of the 22nd and earned his school-record 14th save of the season.
Friday’s Results (May 30)
(2) No. 23 Texas Tech 3, (3) Columbia 2 | Coral Gables Regional, hosted by Miami (Fla.)