Big 12 Tournament Notes
Everything all 'right'?
Oklahoma has a two-position standout in senior right fielder/relief pitcher Jeff Bajenaru, but someone has to play right field when Bajenaru takes the mound.
Against Oklahoma State on Wednesday, junior utility man Eliot Joyner replaced Bajenaru in the ninth inning.
Cowboys catcher Ryan Budde led off with a fly ball down the right-field line that was headed foul. A steady 25-mph wind out of the south blew the ball back into fair territory. Joyner misjudged the ball, Budde reached on a three-base error and eventually scored.
Asked if his team suffers defensively in right field when Bajenaru is used as a pitcher,
Sooners coach Larry Cochell
said, "Hey, it's tough out there.
That wind swirls around. There
aren't many slam dunks (easy
catches). They (the Cowboys)
misplayed a couple, and I've
seen the (Oklahoma) RedHawks
Matter of sacrifice
In the top of the ninth, OSU trailed 9-7 with runners on first and third, no outs, and third baseman Rob Watson at the plate.
Watson, who had a single and two doubles in his previous three at-bats, was instructed to sacrifice bunt down the first- base line.
Watson executed the play perfectly, scoring a run and advancing a runner to second.
"I have to stay out of the double play," Cowboys coach Tom Holliday said. "You win when you execute and get a base hit."
Although Colorado has no
baseball program, the school
still receives a profit share from
the sport. Last year's tournament netted the Big 12 roughly
$500,000, which is thrown into
the Olympic sport "kiddy" consisting of all sports other than
football and basketball.
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