K-State arrives in a first-place percentage tie with OU, looking to solidify its own postseason status.
Sooner ace Jonathan Gray continues to create buzz as a potential No. 1 pick in Major League Baseball's June draft.
The big right-hander was featured on the ESPN.com's MLB home page Thursday in a package on the draft. At the top, there's much-hyped Stanford pitcher Mark Appel.
From the website's Teddy Mitrosilis: “In a little less than two months, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft will likely come down to two names: Mark Appel and Jonathan Gray.”
THE LIST: BIG 12 HITTING STREAKS
So far in this season, 20 Big 12 players have produced hitting streaks of 10 games or longer.
OU's Matt Oberste (30) and OSU's Tanner Krietemeier (18) lead the way.
The top 12:
Matt Oberste, OU, 30
Tanner Krietemeier, OSU, 18
Mark Payton, Texas, 16
Narthan Orf, Baylor, 15
Shane Conlon, Kansas State, 15
Kevin Cron, TCU, 14
Michael Suiter, Kansas, 13
Zach Fish, OSU, 13
Blair DeBord, Kansas State, 12
Tanner Witt, Kansas State, 12
C.J. Hinojosa, Texas, 12
Bobby Boyd, West Virginia, 12
* UP: Cal Towey, 3B, Baylor
The Baylor senior has his team on the rise after powering the Bears to a series victory over Oklahoma last weekend. Towey delivered a walk off home run in Friday's 2-1 win over the Sooners, then banged a game-winning grand slam on Sunday in the eighth inning. Towel leads the Bears with six game-winning RBIs.
* UP: Dillon Overton, LHP, OU
Overton sometimes gets overlooked in the shadow of ace Jonathan Gray, but he's no ordinary No. 2 pitcher. More like a co-ace, evident in his 7-2 record and 2.20 ERA. Securing OU's one win in the Baylor series, Overton struck out eight over eight innings and allowed just one earned run.
* DOWN: Tech Pitching
Texas Tech boasts one of the Big 12's best arms in Trey Masek, who owns a 0.84 ERA. Which makes the team's league-worst 4.75 team ERA all the more ugly. No other conference staff has an ERA beyond 3.90. Tech has allowed a league-high 22 home runs and 189 runs overall in 326 innings.
* UP: Jordan Piché, RHP, Kansas
A transfer from Indian Hills Community College, Piché has been a saver, if not a savior for the Jayhawks. He recorded a win and a save in last weekend's series win over Texas – KU's first over the Longhorns in four years. He pitched the final 4 1/3 innings of Friday's 12-inning win and closed Sunday's clincher with 1 2/3 relief. He leads the Big 12 with a 0.49 ERA and is tied for the saves lead with seven.