Baseball Weekly Notes Package
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 02/18/2014
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• The second week of the 2014 season includes 37 contests after league teams went a combined 18-12 in the first week of action.
 
• Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas remain ranked in the national polls, while Texas Tech broke into the top 30 of the Collegiate Baseball (No. 30) and NCBWA (No. 29) lists. OSU and Texas rank as high as No. 18, while TCU is 19th on two lists.
 
• Texas’ Mark Payton recorded nine hits and 15 total bases in Texas’ four-game opening series at Cal. Payton extended his active reached base streak to 43 games, hitting .529 to open his senior campaign. The performance earned him the Big 12 Player of the Week.
 
• In the opening weekend, the pitching pairs of TCU’s Brandon Finnegan and Preston Morrison along with Texas’ Nathan Thornhill and Dillon Peters each combined for 15 innings without allowing an earned run for their respective teams.
 
• Finnegan tallied a career-high 13 strikeouts in the Horned Frogs’ season opener to earn the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week accolade as well as a Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week recognition.
 
• In 27 innings over the weekend, Texas starting pitchers surrendered just one earned run. As a staff, Texas allowed just four earned runs in 34 innings (1.06 ERA) in the opening weekend.
 
• With a 3-1 series win at home over third-ranked Indiana, Texas Tech earned its first series victory over a top-five opponent since 2008 (No. 2 Missouri). By blanking the Hoosiers on Sunday, TTU posted its first shutout over a top-10 ranked opponent since 2009 (No. 10 K-State).
 
• Oklahoma State and Kansas are undefeated after the opening weekend of play. The Cowboys are 3-0 on the young season, the first time they’ve reached that mark since 2011, after sweeping through the UTA/Hilton Invitational field last weekend in Arlington, Texas. For the first time since 2007, the Jayhawks opened the season by sweeping their opponent, this time taking four games from BYU.
 
• Baylor’s Steve Smith is four wins shy of 700 for his career, while TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle needs just four more for 500 in his coaching career.
 
• Defending Big 12 champion Kansas State was selected as the coaches’ preseason favorite to repeat as the regular season title winner. Only six points separate the first through fourth place teams in the poll with four different teams receiving a first-place vote for the first time in league history.
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