West Virginia came into the Big 12 Tournament on a seven-game losing streak that had many projections leaving them outside of receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Needing to win the conference tournament or at least make a strong run, the Mountaineers got off to a good start with Wednesday’s dramatic 10-9 win over Kansas.
“It felt good to get that losing streak off our back,” said second baseman Billy Fleming, who collected two hits in the win. “We want to go out and get a ring. We want to win the tournament.”
TEXAS’ PAYTON EXTENDS ON-BASE STREAK
Texas senior Mark Payton reached base for a 92nd consecutive game on Wednesday night with a two-RBI double in the top of the second against Texas Tech.
Payton is now one game shy of tying the Big 12 record. The double was part of a five-run inning for the Longhorns.
Pete Hughes, Oklahoma coach: “At some point in the game when you're down you have to think about the big picture. We're not going to burn out our entire bullpen in Game 1 because it's not going to give us a chance to win Game 2 or Game 3 of Game 4. At some point, someone has to be mature enough in your dugout to say we're going to wear it a little bit despite what you hear in the crowd with the yelling and screaming. Someone has to wear it and understand the big picture so we can win future games in the tournament.”