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TCU and Texas Tech forced the 'if necessary' games on Saturday with a pair of wins.
In the first game between the Red Raiders and Mountaineers, Texas Tech used a four-run fifth inning to take a commanding lead. TTU went on to a 10-3 victory, forcing an elimination game scheduled for a 7:10 p.m. CT first pitch.
After rain halted Friday evening's action, Game 10 between Baylor and TCU resumed on Saturday morning, as No. 6-seed TCU defeated No. 2-seed Baylor, 5-2, to eliminate the Bears.
The Horned Frogs belted out 13 runs against Oklahoma State in Game 12 and prevailed to a 13-6 victory, forcing a fourth game on Saturday. The game is slated to begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Texas Tech-West Virginia game.
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Game 11: No. 1 Texas Tech 10, No. 4 West Virginia 3
No. 1-seed Texas Tech staved off elimination and forced the if necessary game by defeating No. 4-seed West Virginia 10-3 Saturday afternoon in game 11 of the 2019 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.
The Red Raiders’ prolific offense was on display going for nine hits, five of which went for extra bases. The middle of the order combined to go 5-for-13 with two home runs, five RBI and six runs scored between junior Brian Klein, junior Josh Jung and senior Cameron Warren.
The two sides traded runs in each of the first two innings, but West Virginia (36-19) took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth after junior TJ Lake crushed a solo home run.
Texas Tech (39-16) grabbed its first lead of the game thanks to a four-run bottom of the fifth in which Klein doubled in a run and subsequently scored on Jung’s two-run shot. Sophomore Kurt Wilson added an RBI groundout to increase the score to 6-3.
The Red Raiders scored twice more in the seventh, as Warren hit a line shot over the wall for a solo blast and sophomore Braxton Fulford contributed a sacrifice fly. Freshman Dru Baker added a two-run triple in the eighth to swell the lead to 10-3.
Texas Tech’s bullpen combined for 7.2 innings of one-run ball after starter Mason Montgomery lasted just 1.1 innings. Sophomore Ryan Sublette (1-0) earned the win, his first of the year, after throwing 4.1 innings with just one run allowed on two hits. Junior Dane Haveman recorded his second save in as many games with 3.1 scoreless innings of relief.
Junior Kade Strowd (5-6) took the loss for the Mountaineers after allowing five runs on three hits in four innings. He struck out seven but also walked five batters.
The Red Raiders and Mountaineers will return to action later Saturday afternoon for a rematch, this time in an elimination game, approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of No. 3 Oklahoma State and No. 6 TCU. The winner will earn a berth to Sunday’s championship game.
Game 12: No. 6 TCU 13, No. 3 Oklahoma State 6
Facing elimination, No. 6-seed TCU jumped on No. 3-seed Oklahoma State early, held off an OSU comeback, and slugged its way to a 13-6 win in game 12, forcing another if necessary game at the 2019 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship set for Saturday evening.
The Horned Frogs (32-25) squandered an early 6-0 lead, but rallied in the top of the eighth to climb back in front and eventually take the game. TCU senior Jared Janczak was absolutely electric, striking out the first eight Cowboys of the game as part of his 12-strikeout performance. He allowed just two runs on four hits in a no decision.
In the early going, Horned Frogs senior Johnny Rizer doubled in a run and junior Zach Humphreys drove in two with a double of his own to make it 3-0 after one inning.
Humphreys was back with an RBI single in the top of third and senior Josh Watson blasted a two-run homer in the top of the fourth that made it 6-0, TCU.
Oklahoma State (34-18) broke through with a run in the bottom of the fourth after senior Colin Simpson hit his third home run of the Championship, this one a solo shot, and added another in the bottom of the sixth inning as junior Trevor Boone singled in a run, cutting the Horned Frogs’ lead to 6-2.
Things changed dramatically in the bottom of the seventh as TCU went to the bullpen and the Cowboys seized their opportunity. Two walks and a single set up junior Cade Cabbiness to hit a game-tying grand slam, but reliever Haylen Green was able to buckle down and avoid further damage.
The Horned Frogs answered emphatically with five runs in the top of the eighth to pull back ahead 11-6. TCU batted around as Watson, junior Austin Henry and junior Conner Shepherd all knocked in runs. Then in the ninth, Humphreys tallied another two RBI with a double to deep center to put TCU up 13-6.
The Horned Frogs and Cowboys will return for an elimination game rematch that will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of No. 4 West Virginia and No. 1 Texas Tech’s elimination game. Both games’ winners will clinch a spot in the Big 12 Championship title game.