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Baseball Weekly Notes Package
February 19, 2013
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• Big 12 squads compiled a 17-13 record in the opening week of play with Oklahoma and Texas Tech posting 4-0 starts. Oklahoma State picked up two road wins at No. 21 New Mexico to win its opening series. Thirty-one non-conference games are on tap this week.

• Competition against ranked teams include home series for TCU against No. 19 Cal State Fullerton and Baylor versus No. 6 UCLA. Both squads are looking to rebound from 0-3 starts. Additionally, K-State will face No. 11 Kentucky on Sunday as part of the Caravelle Resort's Baseball at the Beach tournament.

• Oklahoma and TCU remain ranked in the three national polls who released updated rankings this week with the Sooners checking in as high as No. 14 (Collegiate Baseball) and the Horned Frogs at No. 22 (Baseball America). Texas is ranked 25th by Collegiate Baseball. All three squads are ranked in the NCBWA poll which also has Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech receiving votes.

• Josh Holliday (Oklahoma State) and Tim Tadlock (Texas Tech) both won in their season debuts as head coaches on Friday. Randy Mazey (West Virginia) earned his first win for the Mountaineers on Sunday.

• Jared King (Kansas State), Jonathan Gray (Oklahoma), Dillon Overton (Oklahoma) and Corey Knebel (Texas) are among 50 of the nation's top amateur players named to USA Baseball's preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List.

• In its first four games, Texas Tech combined to allow just two runs, outscoring opponents 36-2 over the weekend. The Red Raiders have a league-leading 0.50 team ERA. The two runs were the fewest allowed by TTU in the first four games of the season since 1972. TTU also recorded a pair of shutouts during the first four games of the year for the first time since 2001.

• Oklahoma's Matt Oberste and Dillon Overton claimed the Big 12 Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, marking the first time since 2009 that OU has swept the two awards. OSU's Tanner Krietemeier was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week recipient. Oberste's nine RBI and 12 total bases lead the league.

• After the first weekend of play, KU's Jacob Boylan, a freshman, leads the league in batting, hits, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.

• Oklahoma was selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2013 Big 12 baseball regular season. In a vote by the league's head coaches, the Sooners earned six first-place votes. TCU tallied the remaining three first-place votes for the second place spot. Oklahoma has never claimed a Big 12 title and has won the postseason crown on just one occasion - at the inaugural event in 1997.

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