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Baseball Weekly Notes Package
February 25, 2014
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• TCU, Texas and Texas Tech will travel to Houston this weekend for the Houston College Classic, Feb. 28-March 2, at Minute Maid Park. Houston, Rice and Sam Houston State will join the Big 12 trio at the event. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will participate in the Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic in Surprise, Ariz., with Arizona State, Gonzaga, Manhattan and Santa Clara also playing in the tournament.
 
• K-State will host its home opener after eight games on the road in California to open the 2013 campaign. KU moved its originally scheduled opening series to Grand Prairie, Texas, due to the forecast for Lawrence this weekend.
 
• Oklahoma State enters the week with the league’s highest rankings in the national polls. The Cowboys are ranked 11th by Collegiate Baseball. TCU is ranked as high as No. 12, while Texas jumped from 19th to 15th on the Baseball America list. TTU sits at No. 26 on the Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA rankings.
 
• Kansas’ 8-0 record is the best start for the Jayhawks since the 2002 season when the squad started 10-0. KU leads the league with a .315 batting average.
 
• After leading the league in hits, runs, RBI and total bases for the second week of the season (Feb. 17-23), OSU’s Donnie Walton claimed the Big 12 Player of the Week accolade. Walton is the only underclassmen in the Big 12’s top 10 for batting average.
 
• KU’s Frank Duncan won the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week as well as a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honor after fanning 14 in 7.2 innings of work for KU last Sunday.
 
• Sunday marked a milestone day for two league coaches and Baylor’s Steve Smith recorded his 700th career win and TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle captured win No. 500. Smith is the 36th active coach in NCAA Division I baseball with 700 or more wins. He’s Baylor’s all-time wins leader in all sports. Out of Schlossnagle’s 500 career win, 423 have come in a TCU uniform.
 
• Texas Tech won its seventh-straight contest on Monday. The Red Raiders have a seven-game winning streak for the first time since 2007 (7 games). TTU has allowed two or fewer runs in seven of eight games played this season and has given up a total of 15 runs in the opening eight games this campaign.
 
• UT’s Mark Payton is tied for third on the Big 12 career leaders chart for triples. With three more, Payton will match the all-time lead set by Nebraska’s Jeff Leise from 2000-03. The senior has also reached base in 47 straight games dating back to last season and leads the league with a .613 average.
 
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