Big 12: Oklahoma State and TCU Advance to NCAA Super Regionals; Tech, Texas play Monday
Oklahoma State and TCU punched NCAA baseball Super Regional tickets on Sunday night, while Texas and Texas Tech look to join the Cowboys and Horned Frogs on Monday.
OSU and TCU both went 4-0 to claim the Stillwater and Fort Worth Regionals, respectively. Texas Tech’s Sunday evening contest against Miami (Fla.) in Coral Gables, Florida, was postponed due to rain. The two teams will resume play on Monday at 1 p.m. CT with TTU leading 1-0 in the top of the eighth inning. With a win, the Red Raiders move on to Super Regional play.
The Longhorns will meet Texas A&M on Monday night at 7 p.m. CT in the Houston Regional championship. The Aggies edged Texas, 3-2, Sunday night after a come-from-behind win to knock off host Rice earlier in the day forcing the second regional championship game.
Kansas saw its season come to a close with a loss to Kentucky in the Louisville Regional.
Big 12 teams moved to 11-3 in postseason play and are 29-11 in regional action over the past three years. This marks the fifth straight year that the league has sent multiple teams to Super Regionals. TCU will play host to its first Super Regional next weekend against Pepperdine while Oklahoma State will meet the winner of the Corvallis Regional - Oregon State or UC Irvine.
Monday’s Schedule (June 2)
(2) No. 23 Texas Tech 1, (1) No. 3 Miami 0 - 1:00 p.m. - top 8th
(3) Texas A&M vs. (2) No. 20 Texas - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday’s Results (June 1)
(2) No. 22 Kentucky 8, (3) Kansas 6
The Jayhawks (35-26) gave Kentucky a run for its money clawing their way back from an 8-0 deficit to pull within two runs of the Wildcats (37-24) at Jim Patterson Stadium Sunday afternoon, but fell short in an 8-6 loss. Picked to finish last in the Big 12 coaches’ preseason poll, KU closes out 2014 with an NCAA appearance and finished the regular season at third place in the league standings.
(1) No. 7 Oklahoma State 6, (3) No. 22 Cal State Fullerton 4
Oklahoma State clinched a berth in the NCAA Super Regionals for the third time in program history as the top-seeded Cowboys captured the Stillwater Regional title Sunday night with a 6-4 win over third-seeded Cal State Fullerton at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The Cowboys used a three-run seventh inning to propel them to their 28th come-from-behind win of the season, and with its perfect three-game run through the Stillwater Regional, OSU improved to 48-16. OSU advances to face the winner of the NCAA Corvallis Regional, which will be either Oregon State or UC Irvine, in next week’s Super Regionals. The Cowboys last made the Super Regionals in 2007, and the 1999 Pokes were also a Super Regional team.
(1) No. 9 TCU 6, (2) No. 25 Sam Houston State 1
TCU freshman Tyler Alexander tossed his second straight complete-game victory, while the Horned Frogs totaled 14 hits in posting a 6-1 Sunday night victory over Sam Houston State to win the Fort Worth Regional.
TCU (45-15) will host a Super Regional for the first time in program history. The Horned Frogs, winners of nine straight and 30 of their last 33 games, will face Pepperdine next weekend at Lupton Stadium.
Alexander recorded his second-straight complete game. In his previous start, he went the distance in a 7-1 victory over Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship game. A Southlake, Texas, native, Alexander allowed just one run on six hits while striking out five and walking one. Alexander (10-3) became TCU’s first 10-game winner since freshman Matt Purke was 16-0 on TCU’s 2010 College World Series team.
Six of TCU’s first seven hitters in the lineup recorded multiple hits, including Fort Worth Regional Most Valuable Player Boomer White.
(2) No. 23 Texas Tech 1, (1) No. 3 Miami 0 - PPD until Monday at 1 p.m. CT (top 8th)
After two hours and 24 minutes of game action and an hour and 56 minutes of weather delays, No. 23 Texas Tech and No. 3 Miami had play suspended in the top of the eighth inning with one out and the Red Raiders holding a 1-0 lead over the Hurricanes in the finals of the NCAA Coral Gables Regional Tournament at Alex Rodriguez Park – Mark Light Field.
The Red Raiders scored in the bottom of the first inning when sophomore left fielder Tyler Neslony reached on a two-out walk and then scored on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to freshman third baseman Ryan Long.
Tech freshman right-handed pitcher Ryan Moseley left the game after the second rain delay with the lead throwing six innings and allowing just two base hits with four walks and six strikeouts. Senior left-handed pitcher Jonny Drozd entered the game after both rain delays on Sunday while pitching 1.1 innings with a strikeout before the game was suspended when the tarp was brought onto the field for the third time in the evening.
(3) Texas A&M 3, (2) No. 20 Texas 2
Tyler Stubblefield scattered four hits in his first career complete game, helping Texas A&M stave off elimination for the second time Sunday with a 3-2 victory over Texas. Stubblefield (4-2) threw 134 pitches while walking five and striking out nine.
Texas A&M (36-25) and Texas (40-19) will play a deciding game Monday, with the winner advancing to the super regionals.
Travis Duke (2-1) pitched four innings in relief of starter Lukas Schiraldi, and Mark Payton went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored for the Longhorns.
Saturday’s Results (May 31)
(1) No. 8 Louisville 6, (3) Kansas 3
(2) No. 23 Texas Tech 3, (1) No. 3 Miami (Fla.) 0
(2) No. 20 Texas 3, (1) No. 12 Rice 2 (11)
(1) No. 7 Oklahoma State 13, (3) No. 22 Cal State Fullerton 7
(1) No. 9 TCU 3, (2) No. 25 Sam Houston State 2 (22)
Friday’s Results (May 30)
(2) No. 23 Texas Tech 3, (3) Columbia 2 | Coral Gables Regional, hosted by Miami (Fla.)
(2) No. 20 Texas 8, (3) Texas A&M 1 | Houston Regional, hosted by Rice
(3) Kansas 10, (2) No. 22 Kentucky 6 | Louisville Regional, hosted by Louisville
(1) No. 7 Oklahoma State 8, (4) Binghamton 0 | Stillwater Regional, hosted by Oklahoma State
(1) No. 9 TCU 2, (4) Siena 1 | Fort Worth Regional, hosted by TCU