Current Baseball Notes in PDF
• Oklahoma checks in as high as No. 11 this week (Baseball America & Collegiate Baseball) and is ranked in the top 14 of all four national polls. OSU is back in the top 25 with a No. 24 NCBWA ranking and a No. 25 spot on the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. For the third week in a row, K-State is also receiving votes on the same list as well as from the NCBWA.
• Oklahoma, which competed in non-conference action last weekend, maintains its lead atop the Big 12 standings. Kansas sits in second with nine wins. The Jayhawks won their first series in Lubbock since 2003. KU’s highest finish in the Big 12 standings is fifth (2009, ‘06). The Jayhawks were picked to finish eighth in the league’s preseason poll.
• Oklahoma State (vs. Kansas), TCU (vs. Baylor) and West Virginia (at Texas) also picked up series wins last weekend. The TCU-Baylor series featured three one-run games as the Horned Frogs edged out the Bears 2-1 in 15 innings on Saturday and recorded a 5-4 win on Sunday, while BU won the series opener 3-2.
• The 15-inning contest between Baylor and TCU marked the longest Big 12 game in BU history and longest game overall for Baylor since April 17, 2001 at Texas State.
• This weekend’s league series include: Kansas at West Virginia (played in Beckley, W. Va.), TCU at Kansas State, Texas at Baylor, and Texas Tech at Oklahoma. Two of the three contests between UT and BU will be featured on national TV as Friday’s game is set for a Fox Sports Net telecast while Saturday’s primetime matchup will be on ESPNU.
• The K-State-TCU series will feature the league’s top teams in batting average (K-State, .340) and pitching (TCU, 2.31 ERA) in Big 12-only contests. The top 5 leaders in Big 12 batting average are all Wildcats - Jon Davis (.463), Ross Kivett (.431), Tanner Witt (.426), Austin Fisher (.422) and Blair DeBord (.409). Kansas State also leads the nation in batting average with a clip of .331 and fourth in the nation in hits (468).
• Oklahoma’s Matt Oberste continues to lead the league in batting average, hits, RBI and home runs. The last player to finish the season atop all four categories was Kansas’ Tony Thompson in 2009.
• OSU’s Robbie Rea (Player), WVU’s Harrison Musgrave (Pitcher) and K-State’s Jake Matthys (Newcomer) earned Big 12 baseball weekly awards on Monday.
• BU’s Lawton Langford leads the Big 12 with an active reached base streak of 31 while K-State’s Jared King holds the league’s longest active hit streak at 14 games.