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Big 12 Baseball Tournament notebook: Cowboys will turn to young arms on Saturday

Stadium staff at the Big 12 Baseball Championships handed out free Phillips 66 windshield shades for cars, suggesting fans use them as makeshift umbrellas.
By Cody Stavenhagen, For The Oklahoman Published: May 23, 2014
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Stadium staff at the Big 12 Baseball Tournament handed out free Phillips 66 windshield shades for cars, suggesting fans use them as makeshift umbrellas.

After the rain settled, many fans used the same shades to cover their wet seats. The game was scheduled to start at 7 p.m., but it didn’t get going until 9:05 thanks to heavy rain.

MOUNTAINEERS HAND FATE TO COMMITTEE

A 9-4 loss to Baylor eliminated West Virginia from the Big 12 Tournament, leaving the Mountaineers’ NCAA tournament fate up in the air.

West Virginia (28-26 overall, 9-14 Big 12) finished the regular season as the Big 12’s No. 6 team after losing its final seven games. However, the Mountaineers entered this week ranked No. 31 in RPI thanks to earlier success and playing one of the toughest road schedules in the NCAA.

West Virginia coach Randy Mazey said postgame his team deserves a shot.

“We’re very deserving,” Mazey said. “That was our 41st away from our campus... I don’t know where the RPI will sit after this loss, but we’ll definitely be in the Top 40, I’m sure.

“But it’s like in boxing. They always tell you, ‘Don’t leave it in the hands of the judges.’ That’s what we’ve done at this point, so hopefully a couple of things go our way and we can continue to play.”

BAYLOR’S DOE HITS SPECIAL HOMER

Brett Doe had never hit a home run in two years as a Baylor Bear. That changed Friday in the Bears’ win against West Virginia, when Doe sent a slider down the left field line and over the wall in the fourth inning.

“Proud is an understatement,” Doe said. “When you haven’t hit one in two years, then you finally hit that one and you know it’s gone, it’s a feeling like no other... I felt like a little kid again hitting my first home run. And I think it got us going, got my teammates fired up because they knew what it meant to me.”

The solo shot tied the game at that point, though Baylor went on to an easy win. Baylor plays TCU at 9 a.m. Saturday.

“I think I’ll be replaying it a few times between now and when my head hits the pillow,” Doe said. “Honestly, I went up there a few times this year thinking, ‘You know what, this is the time I’m gonna hit a home run,’ and I’d hit a lazy fly out or something.

“The pitcher was up there throwing nasty pitches, so I knew I had to just stay through it, keep that thing fair. It was a good slider, coming inside. I just got inside the ball and drove it.”


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