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Baseball Weekly Notes Package
May 13, 2014

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• The Big 12 regular season title will be determined this weekend with Oklahoma State and TCU vying for the league crown. OSU holds a one-game lead over the Horned Frogs and will face Oklahoma in the annual neutral-site Bedlam series. TCU travels to Waco. Should the two teams share the title, the Pokes hold the tiebreaker over TCU and would be the No. 1 seed in next week’s Championship.
• Oklahoma State has never won the Big 12’s regular season title and are one-time winners of the postseason crown - 2006. The Cowboys enter the week with a nine-game winning streak, while TCU has won 21 of its last 23. Additionally, OSU has won six consecutive Big 12 series for just the third time since the Big 12 began play in 1996, joining the 2006 and 2008 Cowboys in achieving that feat.
• KU closed out Big 12 play last weekend with its third straight Big 12 series sweep. It was the first time since Baylor in 2012 that a team has swept three consecutive conference series. The Jayhawks, picked to finish last in the coaches’ preseason poll, conclude league play at 15-9. The .625 winning percentage is their best Big 12 mark all-time.
• For the first time since May 5, 2009, Kansas is ranked in the nation’s top 25, sitting at No. 22 in the Baseball America national poll. KU becomes the sixth Big 12 team to appear in the rankings this year, and is the highest national ranking for the squad since March 2003 when it was ranked No. 20. OSU is ranked as high as No. 6 this week, while TCU checks in as high as No. 13, Texas at No. 19 and Texas Tech at No. 23.
• Based on the most recent NCAA RPI rankings, the Big 12 has six teams in the top 40 (67 percent) - 10. TCU, 13. Texas, 16. Texas Tech, 24. West Virginia, 27. Oklahoma State and 36. Kansas.
• WVU’s Billy Fleming became the second league player to hit for the cycle this season. Fleming recorded the feat last Sunday in Lawrence and is the 16th player to hit for the cycle in league history. K-State’s Ross Kivett also had a cycle this season, marking this the fifth time multiple players have hit for the cycle in the same season in Big 12 history.
• Big 12 Player of the Week Zach Fish hit the century mark for career RBI last week. Fish joins three other active players with 100 or more RBI in their careers.
• TCU’s Brandon Finnegan is the lone Big 12 player named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award 30-man Midseason Watch List. He leads the league in wins and strikeouts.
• The 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship returns to Oklahoma City’s Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark next week, May 21-25.

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