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Big 12 Baseball Championship capsules

Breaking down the eight teams in the Big 12 Baseball Championship, which begins Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.
by Ryan Aber Published: May 22, 2013
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BAYLOR BEARS

No. 5 seed, 27-25 overall, 12-11 Big 12

Coach: Steve Smith (19th season)

Ranking: NR

Scouting report: Lawton Langford reached base in 35 consecutive games before the streak was snapped in April. … Adam Toth has reached base in 17 consecutive games. … Bears pitchers have a 6.52 ERA in May, nearly four runs worse than the 2.81 ERA they posted in April. … Center fielder Logan Brown has just one error all year, to go along with four assists.

Key stat: 0.52. Walks per nine innings by starter Dillon Newman. Newman had a streak of 40 innings and 164 batters faced without a walk during the season.

Starting lineup

Pos.; Player; Cl.; Avg.; HR; RBI

2B; Lawton Langford; Jr.; .285; 0; 18

LF; Adam Toth; So.; .272; 0; 16

RF; Nathan Orf; Sr.; .380; 1; 33

3B; Cal Towey; Sr.; .302; 4; 43

DH; Grayson Porter; Jr.; .245; 5; 28

SS; Jake Miller; Sr.; .287; 1; 29

1B; Steve DalPorto; Sr.; .238; 0; 12

C; Brett Doe; Jr.; .200; 0; 8

CF; Logan Brown; So.; .279; 1; 14

Rotation

Pos; Player; Cl.; W-L; ERA; WHIP; K

RHP; Max Garner; Sr.; 3-6; 4.19; 1.30; 63

RHP; Dillon Newman; Jr.; 3-3; 2.99; 0.96; 49

RHP; Austin Stone; So.; 3-2; 3.58; 1.31; 37

Closer

Pos; Player; Cl.; S; ERA; WHIP; K

LHP; Crayton Bare; Sr.; 5; 2.84; 1.24; 51

KANSAS JAYHAWKS

No. 6 seed, 31-24 overall, 12-12 Big 12

Coach: Ritch Price (9th season)

Ranking: NR

Scouting report: Kevin Kuntz, a Tulsa Union product, leads the nation with 24 sacrifice bunts. … Closer Jordan Piche, the conference's saves leader, was named the Big 12's Newcomer of the Year. … Kansas leads the Big 12 with 94 stolen bases. … Justin Protacio leads the Big 12 with 39 walks.

Key stat: 21. The number of one-run games the Jayhawks have played this season, going 11-10. Six of their last ten games were decided by one run.

Starting lineup

Pos; Player; Cl.; Avg.; HR; RBI

2B; Justin Protacio; So.; .259; 0; 20

SS; Kevin Kuntz; Sr.; .299; 0; 20

LF; Michael Suiter; So.; .308; 0; 23

1B; Alex DeLeon; Sr.; .328; 10; 45

3B; Jordan Dreiling; Sr.; .276; 0; 30

RF; Dakota Smith; So.; .260; 1; 24

DH; Connor McKay; So.; .270; 0; 18

C; Ka'iana Eldredge; Jr.; .213; 0; 20

CF; Tucker Tharp; Jr.; .219; 0; 11

Rotation

Pos; Player; Cl.; W-L; ERA; WHIP; K

RHP; Thomas Taylor; Sr.; 5-2; 2.32; 1.19; 62

LHP; Wes Benjamin; So.; 4-6; 4.37; 1.49; 60

RHP; Frank Duncan; Jr.; 3-5; 4.00; 1.33; 47

Closer

Pos; Player; Cl.; S; ERA; WHIP; K

RHP; Jordan Piche; Jr.; 10; 1.85; 0.99; 43

KANSAS STATE WILDCATS

No. 1 seed, 39-16 overall, 16-8 Big 12

Coach: Brad Hill (9th season)

Ranking: No. 17

Scouting report: Shane Conlon leads the Big 12 with 49 runs scored. … Big 12 Player of the Year Ross Kivett ranks in the top 10 in the league in seven categories. … Austin Fisher comes into the tournament with an 18-game hitting streak. … The regular-season conference title was the Wildcats' first in 80 years.

Key stat: .324. Kansas State's batting average, best in the league by 35 points.

Starting lineup

Pos; Player; Cl.; Avg.; HR; RBI

2B; Ross Kivett; Jr.; .359; 1; 30

LF; Tanner Witt; Sr.; .324; 1; 29

1B; Shane Conlon; So.; .340; 7; 27

CF; Jared King; Jr.; .342; 6; 46

SS; Austin Fisher; So.; .358; 2; 34

RF; Jon Davis; Sr.; .311; 5; 30

DH; Mitch Meyer; So.; .304; 4; 26

C; Blair DeBord; Jr.; .321; 0; 30

3B; RJ Santigate; Jr.; .339; 9; 28

Rotation

Pos; Player; Cl.; W-L; ERA; WHIP; K

RHP; Blake McFadden; Fr.; 5-2; 3.93; 1.27; 30

RHP; Levi MaVorhis; Fr.; 5-0; 3.33; 1.42; 26

LHP; Joe Flattery; Sr.; 4-4; 4.02; 1.31; 46

Closer

Pos; Player; Cl.; S; ERA; WHIP; K

RHP; Tanner Witt; Sr.; 7; 3.18; 1.18; 18

OKLAHOMA SOONERS

No. 4 seed, 36-19 overall, 13-11 Big 12

Coach: Sunny Golloway (9th season)

Ranking: No. 24

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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