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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Scouting report: Jonathan Gray leads the league with 115 strikeouts and an opponent's batting average of .188. … Matt Oberste leads the Big 12 in hits, RBIs, total bases and slugging percentage. … Jack Mayfield leads the Sooners with 47 runs scored. … Oklahoma and Baylor are the only teams to appear in every Big 12 Tournament.

Key stat: 3-9. After controlling the Big 12 for much if the season, the Sooners limped to the finish to drop to fourth.

Starting lineup

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

CF; Craig Aikin; Fr.; .288; 0; 22

SS; Jack Mayfield; Sr.; .257; 7; 32

LF; Max White; Sr.; .299; 3; 27

2B; Hector Lorenzana; Jr.; .277; 2; 34

C; Anthony Hermelyn; Fr.; .291; 0; 20

1B; Matt Oberste; Jr.; .389; 10; 51

RF; Hunter Haley; Fr.; .268; 2; 20

3B; Garrett Carey; Sr.; .270; 3; 18

DH; Kolbey Carpenter; Fr.; .267; 2; 22

Rotation

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

RHP; Jonathan Gray; Jr.; 8-2; 1.69; 0.85; 115

LHP; Dillon Overton; Jr.; 8-2; 3.08; 1.22; 69

LHP Jake Fisher; Sr.; 2-2; 2.22; 1.23; 43

Closer

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

LHP; Jacob Evans; Fr.; 9; 1.38; 0.74; 39

OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS

No. 2 seed, 39-14 overall, 13-10 Big 12

Coach: Josh Holliday (1st season)

Ranking: No. 14

Scouting report: The Cowboys won their last four conference series to finish in second place in the conference. … Rank second in Big 12 with .289 average and third with 2.79 ERA. … Randy McCurry leads the league with 20 doubles. … Jason Hursh is one of two pitchers in the Big 12 to throw three complete games.

Key stat: 113. Number of two-out RBIs for the Cowboys this season. Zach Fish has driven in 20 of his 40 runs with two outs.

Starting lineup

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

CF; Saulyer Saxon; Jr.; .324; 0; 16

DH; Aaron Cornell; Jr.; .280; 2; 17

1B; Tanner Krietemeier; Jr.; .329; 4; 41

RF; Zach Fish; So.; .287; 7; 40

C; Victor Romero; Sr.; .293; 4; 26

SS; Randy McCurry; Sr.; .321; 2; 35

3B; Robbie Rea; Sr.; .277; 5; 26

LF; Gage Green; So.; .294; 2; 18

2B; Donnie Walton; Fr.; .282; 1; 23

Rotation

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

RHP; Jason Hursh; So.; 6-4; 2.78; 1.21; 79

LHP; Tyler Nurdin; So.; 4-2; 1.76; 1.09; 58

RHP; Mark Robinette; Jr.; 5-1; 3.53; 1.21; 48

Closer

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

RHP; Brendan McCurry; Jr.; 8; 1.52; 0.94; 12

TCU HORNED FROGS

No. 7 seed, 28-26 overall, 12-12 Big 12

Coach: Jim Schlossnagle (10th season)

Ranking: NR

Scouting report: Preston Morrison is one of two Big 12 pitchers to average more than seven innings per start. … TCU has a league-low .247 batting average and has scored 39 runs fewer than any other team in the league. … Justin Scharf leads the league with 29 appearances. … Brandon Finnegan is second in the league with 86 strikeouts, behind Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray.

Key stat: 2.73. The Horned Frogs' team ERA, tops in the tournament.

Starting lineup

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

CF; Cody Jones; So.; .269; 1; 17

LF; Boomer White; Fr.; .326; 1; 26

3B; Jantzen Witte; Sr.; .276; 3; 33

2B; Paul Hendrix; Jr.; .274; 4; 29

DH; Kevin Cron; So.; .212; 2; 20

1B; Derek Odell; So.; .251; 1; 29

RF; Brett Johnson; Jr.; .233; 0; 8

SS; Keaton Jones; So.; .238; 0; 22

C; Kyle Bacak; Jr.; .237; 0; 11

Rotation

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

RHP; Preston Morrison; So.; 7-3; 1.22; 0.93; 60

LHP; Brandon Finnegan; So.; 0-7; 2.90; 1.33; 86

RHP; Andrew Mitchell; Jr.; 1-1; 3.68; 1.59; 54

Closer

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

LHP; Alex Young; Fr.; 5; 2.09; 0.83; 36

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS

No. 8 seed, 25-28 overall, 9-15 Big 12

Coach: Jim Tadlock (1st season)

Ranking: NR

Scouting report: Weatherford native Jake Barrios leads the Red Raiders in RBIs and batting average. … After a 3-15 stretch that started in March, the Red Raiders closed 6-3 to make the tournament. … Designated hitter Jarrard Poteete is from Braggs and went to high school at Hilldale in Muskogee.

Key stat: 31. Number of stolen bases for Brett Bell, who leads the league. He's the first Texas Tech underclassman to steal at least 30 bases.

Starting lineup

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

CF; Brett Bell; Sr.; .284; 0; 15

RF; Devon Conley; Jr.; .290; 1; 31

3B; Jake Barrios; Jr.; .310; 3; 48

1B; Eric Gutierrez; Fr.; .258; 6; 27

2B; Bryant Burleson; So.; .277; 0; 29

DH; Jarrard Poteete; Fr.; .286; 3; 29

C; Mason Randolph; Jr.; .240; 2; 15

SS; Tim Proudfoot; So.; .223; 3; 29

LF; Zach Davis; Fr.; .241; 0; 4

Rotation

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

RHP; Trey Masek; Jr.; 5-1; 1.52; 0.97; 63

LHP; Jonny Drozd; Jr.; 4-5; 3.69; 1.31; 41

RHP; Dominic Moreno; So.; 3-3; 4.19; 1.64; 49

Closer

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

RHP; Jerad McCrummen; Sr.; 3; 3.90; 1.52; 26

WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS

No. 3 seed, 31-25 overall, 13-11 Big 12

Coach: Randy Mazey (1st season)

Ranking: NR

Scouting report: Harrison Musgrave is one of two pitchers in the Big 12, joining OSU's Jason Hursh, to throw three complete games. … Musgrave was named the Big 12's pitcher of the week four times and was twice the Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger Player of the Week. … Ryan McBroom's 12 home runs lead the Big 12. … Ryan Tuntland has a team-high OPS of .856.

Key stat: .961. Mountaineers' fielding percentage, last in the Big 12.

Starting lineup

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

SS; Taylor Munden; So.; .211; 1; 10

RF; Brady Wilson; Sr.; .295; 2; 18

LF; Jacob Rice; Jr.; .324; 2; 27

SS; Ryan Tuntland; Jr.; .330; ; 3; 32

1B; Ryan McBroom; Jr.; 272; 11; 43

2B; Billy Fleming; So.; .296; 0; 21

DH; Matt Frazer; Jr.; .266; 7; 37

C; Alan Filauro; Sr.; .241; 4; 20

CF; Bobby Boyd; So.; .320; 0; 24

Rotation

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

LHP; Harrison Musgrave; So.; 8-1; 2.14; 0.98; 76

RHP; Dan Dierdorff; Sr.; 4-7; 5.23; 1.47; 42

LHP; John Means; So.; 4-4; 3.65; 1.29; 52

Closer

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

RHP; Pascal Paul; Jr.; 8; 2.76; 1.30; 25

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by Ryan Aber
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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