Baseball Weekly Notes Package
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 05/14/2013
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• For the first time since Feb. 18, three Big 12 baseball teams are ranked in this week’s national polls. Kansas State joins the top 25 of all lists, ranking as high as No. 18 (Collegiate Baseball). The Cowboys (No. 16) and Sooners (No. 19) also earned their highest rankings for the week on that list.

• Kansas State highlighted last weekend’s Big 12 series as K-State swept the Jayhawks to move into sole possession of first place in the Big 12 standings. Oklahoma State (vs. Oklahoma) and TCU (at West Virginia) also picked up Big 12 series wins.

• The Big 12 regular season crown will be determined this weekend as first place K-State hosts Oklahoma, which is tied with West Virginia for second place. The Mountaineers will close out the season in Stillwater. With one win, the Wildcats clinch at least a share of the regular season crown and can win the title outright with at least one win and one WVU loss. Nebraska is the only Big 12 team not based in Texas that has won the league’s regular season crown.

• One of the other two Big 12 series on tap is Texas at TCU, a series which will have all three games telecast, including an FSN broadcast of game two. Baylor will travel to Texas Tech.

• The Wildcats’ 36 wins are tied for the third-most in school history, while their 13 conference victories are one shy of the school record set in 2009.

• Kansas sophomore Connor McKay hit for the cycle in a 4-for-4 performance Friday night, including a triple to lead off the bottom of the ninth. McKay is the 14th player in Big 12 history to accomplish the feat. His cycle marked just the third one in a conference game.

• Texas’ Parker French, Travis Duke and Corey Knebel combined to throw a no-hitter for the Longhorns in UT’s seven-inning game one win over Texas Southern on Saturday. It marked the third seven-inning no-hitter in Big 12 history and 15th no-hitter (sixth with more than one pitcher) all-time.

• UT’s Mark Payton had a triple in each game of UT’s doubleheader sweep. Payton’s 14 career triples ties him for 10th on the Big 12 career list with five other players, including teammate Erich Weiss.

• WVU’s Harrison Musgrave became just the second hurler in Big 12 history to earn the Pitcher of the Week award four times in one season (Ryan Rupe, Texas A&M, 1998). Musgrave set a Big 12 season-high with 14 strikeouts on Saturday against TCU. The sophomore is one of nine Big 12 pitchers to win the award four or more times in their career. He was also named a Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week for his performance, his second such honor this season.

• The 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship begins next Wednesday, May 22, at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. This marks the 15th time OKC has hosted the postseason event.

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