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Big 12 baseball tournament: Team-by-team capsules

By Cody Stavenhagen, For The Oklahoman Published: May 20, 2014
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OKLAHOMA STATE

No. 1 seed, 41-14 overall, 18-6 Big 12

Coach: Josh Holliday (second season)

Ranking: No. 7

Scouting report: OSU leads the Big 12 and ranks 11th nationally with 43 home runs. … The OSU bullpen has a combined 25-2 record with 18 saves. … OSU’s regular season conference title was its 31st in school history but first in the Big 12 era.

Key stat: 23. OSU’s number of comeback wins. The Cowboys have a knack for fighting their way to wins in the late innings, including five walk-off victories.

Projected lineup

Pos. Player Cl. Avg. HR RBI

CF Saxon Sr. .292 1 22

SS Walton So. .287 3 31

1B Krietemeier Sr. .266 9 38

LF Green Jr. .330 3 28

DH Fish Jr. .321 10 38

2B Arakawa Jr. .264 4 39

RF Costello So. .232 5 16

3B McConaughy Sr. .325 1 19

C Case Jr. .226 1 10

Rotation

Pos. Player Cl. W-L ERA WHIP K

RHP Jon Perrin Jr. 7-3 .181 1.16 72

RHP Tyler Buffett Fr. 2-1 2.30 1.26 28

LHP Tyler Nurdin Jr. 4-3 6.26 1.96 28

Closer

Pos. Player Cl. S ERA WHIP K

RHP Brendan McCurry Sr. 16 0.45 0.83 45

TCU

No. 2 seed, 38-15 overall, 17-7 Big 12

Coach: Jim Schlossnagle (11th season)

Ranking: No. 20

• Scouting report: TCU won 23 of its last 26 regular-season games. … Tyler Alexander has allowed only four runs over his past 33 innings pitched. … Derek Odell has reached base safely in 13 straight games. … The Horned Frogs are 31-8 when they score the game’s first run.

Key stat: 1.97. TCU’s combined rotation ERA. The Horned Frogs’ deep and dominant rotation held opponents to one run or less 28 times.

Projected lineup

Pos. Player Cl. Avg. HR RBI

C Kyle Bacak Sr. .246 0 14

1B Kevin Cron Jr. .272 4 34

2B Garrett Crain Jr. .336 1 15

3B Derek Odell Jr. .309 1 30

SS Keaton Jones Jr. .257 0 16

LF Boomer White So. .343 2 40

CF Cody Jones Jr. .271 0 16

RF Dylan Fitzgerald Sr. .330 2 29

DH Jerrick Suiter Jr. .270 0 20

Rotation

Pos. Player Cl. W-L ERA WHIP K

LHP Brandon Finnegan Jr. 8-3 2.16 1.02 103

RHP Preston Morrison Jr. 8-3 1.18 0.83 70

LHP Tyler Alexander Fr. 8-3 2.17 1.01 48

Closer

Pos. Player Cl. S ERA WHIP K

RHP Riley Ferrell So. 11 0.79 0.83 48

Kansas

No. 3 seed, 34-22 overall, 15-9 Big 12

Coach: Ritch Price (12th season)

Ranking: NR

Scouting report: Frank Duncan logged more innings (1022/3) than any pitcher in the Big 12 and threw four complete games. … KU closed conference play with nine straight wins. … Left fielder Michael Suiter played all but one inning for the Jayhawks this season. … KU is No. 21 in the Baseball America poll.

Key stat: Three. The Jayhawks swept all three of their final three-game series to earn a third-place finish in the Big 12.

Projected lineup

Pos. Player Cl. Avg. HR RBI

SS Justin Protacio Jr. .283 0 13

2B Colby Wright So. .329 1 20

LF Michael Suiter Jr. .333 3 39

RF Dakota Smith Jr. .328 2 40

CF Tucker Tharp Sr. .289 6 33

DH Connor McKay Jr. .261 9 42

1B Blair Beck Jr. .214 1 12

C Ka’iana Eldredge Sr. .282 0 22

3B Aaron Hernandez Jr. .251 0 19

Rotation

Pos. Player Cl. W-L ERA WHIP K

RHP Piche' Sr. 6-5 4.25 1.46 54

RHP Kahana Jr. 4-6 3.05 1.34 32

RHP Duncan Sr. 6-2 2.28 1.03 76

Closer

Pos. Player Cl. S ERA WHIP K

RHP Stephen Villines Fr. 8 1.55 0.91 22

TEXAS TECH

No. 4 seed, 40-16 overall, 14-10 Big 12

Coach: Tim Tadlock (second season)

Ranking: No. 22

Scouting report: The Red Raiders are 32-0 when leading after the seventh inning. … Left fielder Tyler Neslonly has reached base safely in 28 consecutive games and has a 16-game hit streak … TTU is first in the Big 12 in batting (.294) and fielding (.981). … This season was Texas Tech’s first top-four conference finish since 2004.

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