OKLAHOMA CITY - TCU and Texas Tech advanced to Saturday's semifinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship with victories in elimination games.
In game No. 9, the Red Raiders collected a 7-5 win over No. 5 Kansas to advance to Saturday. TTU will need to knock off No. 4-seed West Virginia twice in order to advance to the title game. First pitch for game 11 is set for 10:25 a.m. CT.
Game 10 between Baylor and TCU was halted at the end of the seventh inning on Friday night, with the Horned Frogs leading 5-2. TCU closed out the win Saturday morning and will play No. 3-seed Oklahoma State in the first of possibly two if necessary games scheduled for a 4 p.m. CT start.
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Game 9: No. 1 Texas Tech 7, No. 5 Kansas 5
On day three of the 2019 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, No. 1-seed Texas Tech slugged three home runs on its way to downing No. 5-seed Kansas 7-5 on Friday afternoon.
Texas Tech’s pair of sophomores Gabe Holt and Kurt Wilson combined to go 4-for-7 with six RBI and a home run each. Junior Big 12 Co-Player of the Year Josh Jung hit the other homer for the Red Raiders.
The Jayhawks (32-26) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after scoring twice in each of the first and second innings. Junior Jaxx Groshans was responsible for driving in three of the four runs with a two-run single and a sacrifice fly.
Texas Tech (38-16) responded with a run in the third and one in the fourth thanks to a sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, the Red Raiders showed off their power as Jung hit a laser over the left field wall and Wilson crushed a two-run shot to pull ahead 5-4.
Kansas answered with a solo dinger by junior Brett Vosik to even the score, but the Red Raiders went back in front in the bottom of the seventh after Holt smashed a two-run homer to center that made it 7-5 and proved to be the game-winner.
Junior Connor Queen (4-0) got the win for Texas Tech after pitching 2.2 relief innings of one-run baseball. Jayhawks starter Ryan Cyr (4-7) took the loss after allowing seven runs on nine hits in seven innings. Red Raiders reliever Dane Haveman picked up his first save of the season with 1.1 scoreless innings.
With the loss, the Jayhawks are eliminated after going 1-2. Texas Tech will advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2000 to face No. 4 West Virginia Saturday at 9 a.m. The Red Raiders will need to defeat the Mountaineers twice to move on to the championship game.
Game 10: No. 6 TCU 5, No. 2 Baylor 2
In a continuation of the suspended game 10, No. 6-seed TCU finished off No. 2-seed Baylor 5-2 on Saturday at the 2019 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.
The game entered a rain delay at 9:21 p.m. Friday night and was postponed until 9 a.m. the following morning. Upon the return, the TCU bullpen was able to shut down the Bears and complete the victory.
The Horned Frogs (31-25) benefitted from a dominant outing on the mound by junior Brandon Williamson. Williamson went seven innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits while striking out nine. Senior Josh Watson led the Horned Frogs offense, going 2-for-4 with two pivotal RBI.
TCU opened the scoring with a three-run top of the third inning. Junior Hunter Wolfe tripled in a run and later scored on a knock by Watson. Junior Austin Henry chased in Watson with a single of his own and the Horned Frogs went up 3-0.
Baylor (34-17) countered with a run in the bottom half of the inning as sophomore Nick Loftin led off the inning with a triple and was driven in by junior Shea Langeliers on a sacrifice fly.
The Horned Frogs picked up a run in the fourth thanks to a wild pitch and another in the seventh as Watson singled in Wolfe, extending their lead to 5-1.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Bears got one back with a solo home run off the bat of senior Josh Bissonette, but Williamson settled back in to strike out the next two batters and get Loftin to fly out to end the inning.
Junior relievers Haylen Green and Cal Coughlin came on in the eighth for TCU. Green struck out Baylor senior Richard Cunningham before turning the ball over to Coughlin, who went the rest of the way and picked up his first save of the season.
Williamson (4-5) earned the win, while Baylor’s Jacob Ashkinos (2-4) took the loss.
With the win, TCU advances to take on No. 3 Oklahoma State on Saturday after the conclusion of the No. 4 West Virginia and No. 1 Texas Tech matchup. The Horned Frogs will need to defeat the Cowboys twice to move on to the championship game. At 1-2, Baylor is eliminated and will await its postseason destination.