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May 06, 2014
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• The Big 12 is second in the nation in conference RPI with three teams in the top 75 (as of April 28 NCAA report). The Big 12 is one of two conferences with multiple teams in the top 15 – 11. Texas Tech, 13. TCU, 14. Texas.

• With a 4-0 week and a sweep of Kansas State at home to extend its winning streak to 12, TCU joins Oklahoma State atop the Big 12 standings at 13-5. Oklahoma State’s final two conference opponents are at K-State and vs. Oklahoma, while TCU faces OU this weekend at home before closing out the season at Baylor.

• The middle part of the standings saw a shuffle as Kansas and West Virginia jumped Texas Tech and Texas with series wins over the two teams, respectively. KU extended its winning streak to seven with a sweep of the 19th-ranked Red Raiders, while WVU won two-of-three from the 11th-ranked Longhorns. While UT and TTU are off this week for finals, West Virginia will travel to Lawrence.

• Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas are all ranked in the top 25 nationally. OSU is as high as No. 7, TCU No. 10 and Texas No. 17. TTU is also ranked in the top 25 of two polls, while Kansas and West Virginia are receiving votes in the NCBWA and USA Today Coaches’ rankings.

• The Horned Frogs are 19-1 in their last 20 games - the best streak since 1993 - and have won 11 consecutive at home.

• KU swept back-to-back conference series for the first time since 1994 and has won six straight league games for the first time since 2009. The Jayhawks lead the league in complete games and added two more on the weekend as Jordan Piche threw his second consecutive on Friday night and Frank Duncan tossed his sixth career. Duncan is the league’s  active leader in complete games.

• Oklahoma State has 21 comeback victories on the season, including two from last weekend’s sweep of Arizona State in Stillwater, where OSU is 21-8 this season. The Cowboys are also 10-0 in one-run games on the year.

• WVU batters did not strike out once in Sunday’s finale with Texas. The last time the Longhorn’s’ pitching staff did not strike out an opponent in a game was over five years ago - May 3, 2008, vs. Baylor. It was only the third time in the past 10 years UT has not recorded a strikeout with April 23, 2006, vs. Nebraska being the other occasion.

• Texas’ Mark Payton’s single-season reached base streak is at 49 games, which is the third-longest in the Big 12 since 2003. Payton has reached base in 88 games dating back to 2013 - five contests shy of matching that league record (93, Nick Martini, K-State).

• TCU’s Preston Morrison threw his third shutout of the season on Friday night. With one more on the season, he will match the league single-season record of four set by NU’s Jamie Rodrigue in 2000. Morrison is one of 13 pitchers with three or more shutouts in their careers in the Big 12.

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