The Big 12 baseball tournament got off to a wild start on Wednesday morning as West Virginia rallied to defeat Kansas 10-9.
Kansas (34-23) took an 8-2 lead after posting four-run frames in the fifth and sixth innings, but West Virginia (28-24) responded with an eight-run top of the seventh to take a decisive 10-8 lead.
Freshman Jackson Cramer belted his first-career home run as a part of the eight-run inning.
“Coach (Randy) Mazey told me to get a fastball, and I ended up getting a first fastball in,” Cramer said. “I was able to hit it well. It was good timing for my first home run.”
Sean Carley earned his fourth save of the season for the Mountaineers with two scoreless innings to close it out.
TCU 8, Baylor 5
TCU starter Jordan Kipper tossed seven scoreless innings as the Horned Frogs topped Baylor 8-5.
“I was able to get ahead early in counts and work off of my fastball really well,” Kipper said. “The defense behind me played really well, and I was able to throw my slider really well ahead in counts.”
Baylor rallied with four runs in the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate before TCU closer Riley Ferrell came on to record the final two outs and earn his 12th save.
Cody Jones had three hits out of the leadoff spot for the Horned Frogs, and Keaton Jones added three RBIs.
TCU (39-15) will play West Virginia at 4 p.m. Thursday, with Baylor (24-30) taking on Kansas at 9 a.m.
Texas 8, Texas Tech 3
The Texas bats got started early, scoring five second-inning runs in route to an 8-3 victory over Texas Tech on Wednesday night.
Lukas Schiraldi got the win on the mound for the Longhorns while giving up one run over 5 1/3 innings. Chad Hollingsworth got the save, pitching the final 3 2/3 innings.
Texas (37-16) center fielder Mark Payton extended his on-base streak to 92 games while going 2-for-4 at the plate. Payton can tie the Big 12 record if he reaches base Thursday when the Longhorns take on Oklahoma State at 7:30 p.m.