LONGHORNS’ PAYTON EXTENDS STREAK TO 93
Texas’ Mark Payton reached base for a 93rd consecutive game on Thursday, tying the Big 12 record set by Kansas State’s Nick Martini (2009-11).
The senior ripped a first-inning single to right field off Oklahoma State’s Jon Perrin to extend the streak. Payton is also second in school history in games started (220) and triples (19).
MAZEY KNOWS ALL ABOUT TCU ACE
West Virginia coach Randy Mazey knows TCU right-hander Preston Morrison all too well.
Before going to WVU in 2013, Mazey served as associate head coach at TCU, where he discovered and recruited an overlooked kid named Preston Morrison.
In 2012, Morrison was the Mountain West Freshman of the Year under Mazey’s watch. Thursday, Morrison threw a complete game against his old coach and helped TCU to a 6-2 win against the Mountaineers.
“You have an approach going into every game that, in theory, you really, really like,” Mazey said. “You think this is the way to beat this guy … Well, he trashes your approach. He just trashes it.
“It’s a great story of a guy who nobody gave much credit out of high school, a guy who doesn’t throw very hard but really knows how to pitch. It’s tough to be on the other side watching him.”
Baylor coach Steve Smith on Kansas’s NCAA Tournament chances (BU eliminated KU with a 4-3 win Thursday): “If they didn’t make it, it wouldn’t be a slap at Kansas, it would be a slap at the league. A year ago West Virginia finished third and didn’t get it. Then it became about their RPI. The committee doesn’t have an excuse on Kansas. I really believe strongly that the regular season is the body of work by which you judge a team being worthy or not.”
Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock’s opening statement after losing to Oklahoma: “I don’t have anything to say. Any questions?”
Cody Stavenhagen contribued to this report