OKLAHOMA CITY - The third session of the 2019 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship saw a combined 47 runs between the two games.
In an 11-inning thriller, No. 5-seed Kansas collected a 15-14 win over No. 8 K-State to open Thursday's action. No. 6-seed TCU used a championship-record 14 runs in the fourth inning to pick up a 15-3 win in seven over No. 7-seed Oklahoma.
In Game 7, No. 4 West Virginia picked up the first upset of the Championship with a 5-1 win over top-seeded Texas Tech. The second game featured the first shutout of the tournament, as No. 3 Oklahoma State upended No. 2 Baylor, 5-0.
Game 5: No. 5 Kansas 15, No. 8 K-State 14 (11 Innings)
No. 5-seed Kansas topped No. 8-seed K-State, 15-14, in a wild back-and-forth 11-inning contest to start day two of the 2019 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Thursday morning.
The two teams combined for 29 runs, 35 hits and eight errors, playing the first extra-innings game of the 2019 Championship. The Jayhawks erased deficits of 11-7 and 14-11 to come back and win it in the bottom of the 11th with a walk-off smash to the wall by junior James Cosentino.
The Wildcats (25-33) got on the board first thanks to an RBI double by junior Cameron Thompson, but the Jayhawks (32-25) answered with a five-run bottom half of the first in which junior Brett Vosik, sophomore Nolan Metcalf and junior Benjamin Sems each collected RBI hits.
Kansas State rallied back with a four-run fourth inning to pull themselves within a run at 6-5. Junior Chris Ceballos knocked a single back up the middle to score a run before freshman Dylan Phillips crushed a three-run homer for the Wildcats.
KSU then tied it in the top of the fifth thanks to a wild pitch, but the Jayhawks retook the lead 7-6 in the bottom half as Vosik doubled in another run.
The Wildcats exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth inning, thanks in part to a two-run double by junior Will Brennan and a sinking line drive off the bat of junior Caleb Littlejim that got past the Kansas right fielder and scored two runs, making it 11-7 Kansas State.
But once again, Kansas fought its way back, scoring three in the bottom of the sixth and one more in the seventh to tie it 11-11. Vosik collected another two RBI with his second double of the game, sandwiched between an RBI double by freshman Jack Wagner and a run-scoring error committed by the Wildcats.
In the ninth, both teams left runners on second and third as the game moved into extra innings. Neither side scored in the 10th, but Kansas State took a 14-11 lead after the top of the 11th as Ceballos provided an RBI single and Phillips split the outfielders for a two-run double.
Just like before, the Jayhawks found a way back in it as five straight hits with two outs chased in four runs. Sophomore Skyler Messinger, freshman Casey Burnham and Wagner each tallied RBI singles before Cosentino walked it off.
Steve Washilewski (4-2) got the win for the Jayhawks while Littlejim (5-4) took the loss for the Wildcats.
Kansas will advance to face the loser of No. 1 Texas Tech and No. 4 West Virginia on Friday 3:15 p.m. K-State bows out of the 2019 Championship after going 0-2.
Game 6: No. 6 TCU 15, No. 7 Oklahoma 3 (7 Inning)
A record-setting fourth inning secured a 15-3 run-rule victory in seven innings for No. 6-seed TCU over No. 7-seed Oklahoma in game six of the 2019 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Thursday afternoon.
TCU (30-25) sent 18 batters to the plate in the fourth, scoring 14 runs on 11 hits, both a single-inning record at the Big 12 Championship. The Horned Frogs also set the record for most RBIs in an inning with 14 and tied the records for at-bats in an inning with 15 and home runs in an inning with three.
Every Horned Frog starter reached base at least once in the inning. Senior Johnny Rizer hit a two-run home run, senior Josh Watson smashed a grand slam and junior Zach Humphreys tallied a two-run blast of his own. Junior Conner Shepherd, freshman Bobby Goodloe and sophomore Adam Oviedo also added RBI hits in the rally.
Oklahoma (33-23) scored its first run of the game in the top of the second inning, a sacrifice fly off the bat of junior Conor McKenna, and then scored twice in the top of the seventh but left the bases loaded to end the game.
TCU junior Charles King (5-3) kept the Sooners quiet going 5.2 innings and scattering seven hits. He allowed just one run and struck out one batter as well, earning his fifth win of the season.
OU’s Nathan Wiles (8-4) took the loss after allowing nine runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings of work.
The Horned Frogs will move on to face the loser of No. 2 Baylor and No. 3 Oklahoma State on Friday at 7 p.m. OU heads home after an 0-2 finish at the 2019 Championship.