A day after being named the Big 12's player of the year, Josh Ludy opened Baylor's Big 12 Tournament in a big way.
Ludy, the Bears' senior catcher, blasted two home runs as Baylor crushed Kansas State 11-1 in seven innings on Wednesday afternoon at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Now Baylor (43-12) will get another shot at Oklahoma less than two weeks after being swept by the Sooners in a three-game series in Norman.
The Bears will play the Sooners, who beat Oklahoma State 1-0 earlier in the day, at 4 p.m. Thursday for a berth in the semifinals.
Kansas State (26-30) will play Oklahoma State at 9 a.m. in an elimination game.
Ludy hit a two-run home run in the fourth and a three-run home run in the fifth. In the sixth, he drew a bases-loaded walk.
In four games against the Wildcats this season, Ludy is 11 for 15 with six home runs and 17 RBIs.
“Josh Ludy probably needs to give us half of his MVP trophy,” Kansas State coach Brad Hill said.
In the fourth, Baylor had two outs and nobody on before Logan Vick's single preceded Ludy's first home run and opened the floodgates for the Baylor scoring.
Josh Turley (9-0) allowed just five hits and a run in seven innings.
“Really nothing was working,” Turley said. “My command was a little off. I didn't have a very good feeling about my pitches today but baseball's a funny game like that.”