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Baseball Weekly Notes Package
April 08, 2014
• Winners of 11 of their last 12 and ranked in the top 10 of all four national polls, the Longhorns lead the Big 12 with a 6-3 conference mark after a weekend sweep of Baylor. UT is ranked as high as No. 7 nationally and leads the Big 12 and is tied for fourth nationally with a 1.98 ERA.
• UT meets second-place Oklahoma this weekend in Norman after a midweek contest against 20th-ranked Rice. OU has won its two conference series on the year - vs. K-State and at Kansas - and leads the league in batting average and ERA for Big 12-only contests. Sunday’s game will be featured on ESPNU.
• In other conference action this weekend, TCU, which earned its first sweep in Big 12 play last week at home against West Virginia, will visit KU, which is coming off a series win over the Wildcats - a feat the Jayhawks had not accomplished since 2008. 18th-ranked Oklahoma State will make its first trip to Morgantown, while K-State will visit Texas Tech.
• TCU became the first team to earn the Big 12 Player and Pitcher of the Week honors in the same week this season with Derek Odell claiming the player honor and Preston Morrison taking the pitcher accolade.
• OU freshman Sheldon Neuse recorded a Big 12 season-high eight RBI and 11 total bases on Saturday against CSU Bakersfield. Neuse shares this week’s Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honor with Tanner DeVinny.
• TCU junior Brandon Finnegan ranks second nationally with 80 strikeouts, which is also 29 more than the second-place leader in the Big 12, while BU’s Josh Michalec is second nationally in saves. His 11 on the year is nine shy of the Big 12 record for a single-season (20, Jeff Bajenaru, Oklahoma, 1999).
• Eight of the nine Big 12 teams enter the week with winning percentages, including six above .600.
• Along with the Longhorns, OSU is also ranked nationally with a No. 18 and No. 19 spot entering the week. The Sooners are 26th by Collegiate Baseball and 28th by the NCBWA, while TTU is 30th on the NCBWA list.
• Tech and TCU are the only Big 12 programs to rank among the top five in the Big 12 in hitting, pitching and defense.
• Five Big 12 programs rank in the top 50 nationally for average attendance - 6. Texas, 13. TCU, 18. K-State, 25. Texas Tech and 26. Baylor.
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