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BIG 12 BASEBALL NOTEBOOK — Right now, Oklahoma is the Big 12's only lock to make the NCAA Tournament. The Big 12's RPI is severely hurting the league's reputation, which has fallen somewhere south of conferences like the ACC, SEC, Pac-12 and even the Sun Belt.
by John Helsley Published: April 18, 2013
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/articleid/3788529/1/pictures/2017016">Photo - TCU catcher Kyle Bacak is late on the tag as Oklahoma State's Saulyer Saxon scores during an NCAA college baseball game, Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Richard W. Rodriguez)  MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT ORG XMIT: TXFOR101
TCU catcher Kyle Bacak is late on the tag as Oklahoma State's Saulyer Saxon scores during an NCAA college baseball game, Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Richard W. Rodriguez) MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT ORG XMIT: TXFOR101

That puts a must-win feel on this weekend's home series against Kansas State.

K-State arrives in a first-place percentage tie with OU, looking to solidify its own postseason status.

GRAY MATTER

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.

And Gray.

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

STOCK REPORT

* 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.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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