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• Four conference series are on tap this weekend - Baylor at West Virginia, Oklahoma at Kansas, Texas at Texas Tech, and TCU at Oklahoma State.
• The UT-TTU series pits the league’s top two pitching squads against each other with UT leading the conference with a 1.91 ERA. The Red Raiders rank second with a 2.96 mark. Meanwhile, the Big 12’s top two offensive squads square off when Oklahoma visits Kansas.
• Texas is the only league team ranked in all four national polls. The Longhorns sit as high as No. 12 (Baseball America). Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are both ranked as high as No. 24 (USA Today and NCBWA, respectively).
• Baylor sits atop the Big 12 standings after winning its second straight conference series this past weekend (vs. OSU). BU has won three consecutive series over ranked opponents - No. 3 Cal State Fullerton, No. 23 Texas Tech and No. 20 Oklahoma State. The last, and only other time, the Bears took three straight series from ranked opponents was Feb. 18-March 20, 2005. BU has played 13 games against top 25 opponents this season, with a 7-6 mark.
• Texas Tech also claimed a conference series win last weekend, taking two of three from TCU in Fort Worth. It marked the first road series over a ranked opponent since 2011 (at No. 14 Baylor) for the Red Raiders with the Saturday win snapping a nine-game losing streak against TCU in Fort Worth dating back to 2005.
• Oklahoma was victorious in its first conference series under first-year head coach Pete Hughes, taking two of three from defending league champion K-State. The Sooners batted .340 during the series with 36 hits and 22 runs.
• Texas’ Mark Payton has moved into second place on the Big 12 career triples chart. With 19, the senior is one shy of tying Nebraska’s Jeff Leise, who totaled 20 from 2000-03, and has the most triples among active players nationally. Payton is one of four league players with an active reached base streak of 20+ games for the 2014 season. Dating back to last year, he has reached base in 64 consecutive games.
• With a pair of wins last Saturday, Texas head coach Augie Garrido matched Gordon Gillespie for the most wins (1,893) by any college baseball coach at any level.
• Individually, Brandon Finnegan (TCU) leads the nation with 65 strikeouts while Baylor’s Josh Michalec is first in the saves category with nine. TTU’s Adam Kirsh leads the country with 13 doubles, while the Sooners as a team are third in doubles.