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Baseball Weekly Notes Package
March 04, 2014
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• Big 12 teams will play one more full week of non-conference contests before league play opens up next weekend, March 14, with Kansas at Texas and Texas Tech at Baylor.
• Kansas, K-State and West Virginia have yet to play a home game. The Jayhawks were originally scheduled to hold their home opener on Tuesday, but the contest vs. Creighton has been pushed back to March 12. Kansas State has its opening series this weekend (vs. Iowa). The Mountaineers, whose home field is undergoing upgrades, won’t host a home game until March 25.
• Texas posted a 4-0 record last week, including a 3-0 mark to win the Houston College Classic with victories over Sam Houston State, No. 10 Rice and Houston. Longhorn pitching posted a 0.71 mark on the week, allowing just three earned runs. Texas’ starting rotation of Parker French, Dillon Peters and Nathan Thornhill occupy three of the top five spots on the Big 12 ERA leaderboard. All three hurlers have ERAs at or under 1.00.
• WVU pitching also contributed to an undefeated week for the Mountaineers who posted a 1.33 ERA in three contests last week to sweep the field at the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
• With a 3-1 weekend, the Jayhawks improved to 11-1 for the best start in school history. KU leads the Big 12 in hitting with a .370 clip.
• Texas owns the league’s highest national ranking entering the week. The Longhorns sit in 10th on Baseball America’s poll. It’s the first time they have been ranked in BA’s top 10 since the end of the 2011 season. Oklahoma State checks in at No. 12 on two polls, while TCU ranks as high as 21st. Kansas (No. 26, Collegiate Baseball) and Texas Tech (No. 30, NCBWA) are also ranked in the top 30.
• Baylor and Oklahoma State host ranked California teams this weekend as third-ranked Cal State Fullerton visits Waco and 24th-ranked San Diego travels to Stillwater during a weekend in which seven of nine league teams will be at home.
• The NCAA released the first set of national stats for the 2014 season. KU ranks fifth in batting average, while Oklahoma State ranks third in walks. Three league teams are in the top 10 for strikeout to walk ratio (4. WVU, 5. TCU, 9. OSU). Individually, Kansas’ Connor McKay is second in RBI and TCU’s Brandon Finnegan is first in strikeouts.
• This season, TTU has four wins over top 10 teams in 12 games. The previous four wins over top 10 teams spanned 143 games (2010-12).
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