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Baseball Weekly Notes Package
March 11, 2014
• This Friday, March 14, begins conference play in the league with two series featuring three of the Big 12’s top teams as Texas Tech travels to Baylor and Texas hosts Kansas.
• The Jayhawk offense, which leads the league, will face the Big 12’s top pitching squad as Texas has a 1.99 ERA this season.
• UT is 13 Big 12 wins away from 300 league victories. The Longhorns are 287-172-1 in conference play all-time, which leads the league with a .625 winning percentage since play began in 1997.
• Baylor, which just took two of three from No. 4 Cal State Fullerton in Waco, will meet a TTU team that has won at least 14 games during the opening 17 games of the season for the seventh time in school history and the first time since 2005 (14-3). The complete series will be telecast on various FOX networks.
• Baylor’s 2-1 series win at home over No. 4 Cal State Fullerton over the weekend was the program’s first-ever series win against a non-conference, top-five opponent since Baseball America’s rankings began in 1981. With the win on Saturday, the Bears were victorious in their 500th home game at Baylor Ballpark.
• Texas maintained its No. 10 national ranking from Baseball America and is in the top 15 of all four national polls. The Red Raiders cracked the top 25 of two polls, including a No. 23 ranking on the USA Today Coaches’ Poll - the first time TTU has appeared on that list since 2005. Texas Tech has been nationally ranked for four consecutive weeks for the first time since 2005. Oklahoma State is in the top 20 of three polls, ranked as high as No. 15.
• The Red Raiders recorded five triples on Saturday night - the most in a game since a school-record six in 1975 during a 29-7 victory at Rice.
• K-State, Texas Tech and West Virginia enter the week with six-game winning streaks.
• UT’s Mark Payton extended his active reached base streak to 56 games, which is the also the best in the nation. K-State’s Nick Martini holds the Big 12 record after reaching base for 93 consecutive games from 2009-11. After five games last week, Payton surpassed TTU’s Cameron Blair, who held the second-longest streak with 53 games from 2004-05.
• Mac James (Oklahoma), who leads the league in hitting, was named the Big 12 Player of the Week, while Josh Michalec became just the second BU reliever to claim the conference’s Pitcher of the Week award. Adam Kirsch secured TTU’s third straight Newcomer of the Week recognition.
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