A day after being named the Big 12's Player of the Year, Josh Ludy opened Baylor's league baseball tournament in a big way.
Ludy, the Bears senior catcher, blasted two home runs as Baylor crushed Kansas State 11-1 in seven innings on Wednesday afternoon at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Now Baylor (43-12) will get another shot at Oklahoma less than two weeks after being swept by the Sooners in a three-game series in Norman.
The Bears will play the Sooners at 4 p.m. Thursday for a berth in the semifinals.
Kansas State (26-30) will play Oklahoma State at 9 a.m. in an elimination game.
Ludy hit a two-run homer in the fourth and a three-run homer in the fifth. In the sixth, he drew a bases-loaded walk.
In four games against the Wildcats this season, Ludy is 11 for 15 with six home runs and 17 RBIs.
“Josh Ludy probably needs to give us half of his MVP trophy,” Kansas State coach Brad Hill said.
In the fourth, Baylor had two outs and nobody on before Logan Vick's single preceded Ludy's first home run and opened the floodgates the Baylor scoring.
TEXAS A&M 10, KANSAS 4
Tyler Naquin and Scott Arthur drove in three each as Texas A&M blew out Kansas.
Leading 1-0 in the fifth, the second-seeded Aggies broke it open with four in the fifth — all with two outs.
After Frank Duncan retired the first two Texas A&M hitters, Texas A&M rapped out five consecutive hits, including an RBI triple by Arthur and a two-run double by Matt Juengel.
The Aggies added two in the sixth and three in the seventh to blow the game open.
The win was Texas A&M's eight consecutive.
“Momentum is everything,” Aggies outfielder Tyler Naquin said. “It shows definitely. We came back three times the other weekend. You can really ride that stuff, especially when your guy comes out and he's starting.”
Texas A&M (42-14) will take on future SEC rival Missouri at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for a berth in the semifinals.
Kansas (22-33) will play Texas at 12:30 p.m. in an elimination game.
Texas A&M starter Daniel Mengden (3-3) was making just his fourth start of the year. Mengden pitched into the seventh, giving up just one unearned run in his 6 2/3 innings.
MISSOURI 5, TEXAS 0
Missouri coach Tim Jamieson picked up his 600th win as the Tigers finished off the third-seeded Longhorns in the final game of the day.
Jamieson became just the third active Big 12 coach with 600 wins at his current school, joining Texas' Augie Garrido and Baylor's Steve Smith,
Jamieson got there Wednesday thanks to the pitching performance of Rob Zastrynzny.
Zastrynzny (5-5) pitched into the ninth with a shutout, leaving with one out in the inning before leaving for Dusty Ross, who got the final two outs to preserve the shutout.
With a 1-0 lead in the third, Missouri added four more the next inning, two on a Blake Brown double.