Big 12 baseball tournament: Team-by-team capsules

By Cody Stavenhagen, For The Oklahoman Published: May 20, 2014
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Key stat: 14. Tech won 14 more games than it did in 2014, giving Tadlock the best first-to-second-year turnaround by an active coach in the Big 12 era.

Projected lineup

Pos. Player Cl. Avg. HR RBI

RF Stephen Smith Fr. .298 1 19

2B Bryant Burleson Jr. .292 2 34

LF Tyler Neslony So. .390 4 29

1B Eric Gutierrez So. .324 12 55

DH Adam Kirsch Sr. .302 9 45

3B Jake Barrios Sr. .272 0 23

CF Devon Conley Sr. .303 0 7

SS Tim Proudfoot Jr. .310 0 18

C Hunter Redman Jr. .278 0 17

Rotation

Pos. Player Cl. W-L ERA WHIP K

RHP Corey Taylor Jr. 5-2 1.79 1.06 30

LHP Chris Sadberry Jr. 4-2 3.34 1.26 41

LHP Dylan Dusek Fr. 6-0 2.35 1.11 33

Closer

Pos. Player Cl. S ERA WHIP K

LHP Jonny Drozd Sr. 3 1.96 1.06 43

TEXAS

No. 5 seed, 36-16 overall, 13-11 Big 12

Coach: Augie Garrido (17th season)

Ranking: No. 22

Scouting report: Center fielder Mark Payton has reached base safely in 91 consecutive games. The Big 12 record is 93. … Texas is No. 15 in the RPI rankings and has a 25-14 record against RPI top 100 teams …. Texas ranks second in the Big 12 with a 2.40 team ERA. … Augie Garrido has more career wins (1,910) than any collegiate baseball coach in history.

Key stat: 35-8. Texas’ record when scoring two or more runs this season.

Projected lineup

Pos. Player Cl. Avg. HR RBI

2B Brooks Marlow Jr. .272 2 17

LF Ben Johnson So. .286 6 28

CF Mark Payton Sr. .309 1 30

C Tres Barrera Fr. .286 6 28

DH Madison Carter Sr. .381 1 9

SS C.J. Hinojosa So. .289 1 27

RF Collin Shaw Jr. .259 0 19

1B Kacy Clemens Fr. .226 1 13

3B Zane Gurwitz Fr. .271 2 25

Rotation

Pos. Player Cl. W-L ERA WHIP K

LHP Dillon Peters Jr. 6-3 2.27 1.18 50

RHP Nathan Thornhill Sr. 6-2 1.62 1.07 48

RHP Parker French Jr. 6-3 2.27 1.18 50

Closer

Pos. Player Cl. S ERA WHIP K

John Curtiss So. 8 1.80 1.13 21

WEST VIRGINIA

No. 6 seed, 27-24 overall, 9-14 Big 12

Coach: Randy Mazey (second season)

Ranking: NR

Scouting report: West Virginia closed the regular season on a seven-game losing streak. … Bobby Boyd (.360) and Billy Fleming (.352) are the Big 12’s top two hitters. … WVU’s 77 combined stolen bases rank second in the conference. … The Mountaineers are the only team in the country to turn two triple plays this season.

Key stat: .289. West Virginia’s team batting average, which is second in the conference

Projected lineup

Pos. Player Cl. Avg. HR RBI

SS Taylor Munden Jr. .275 2 19

CF Bobby Boyd Jr. .360 1 23

2B Billy Fleming Jr. .352 1 27

1B Ryan McBroom Sr. .340 8 47

LF Jacob Rice Sr. .289 1 29

RF Brad Johnson Jr. .333 0 16

C Cameron O’Brien Jr. .267 2 18

DH Jackson Cramer Fr. .247 0 11

3B Michael Constantini Sr. .271 1 8

Rotation

Pos. Player Cl. W-L ERA WHIP K

LHP Harrison Musgrave Jr. 5-3 2.32 1.00 86

LHP Ross Vance So. 3-3 3.16 1.19 48

LHP John Means Jr. 6-2 3.13 1.32 46

Closer

Pos. Player Cl. S ERA WHIP K

RHP Corery Walter Sr. 4 4.62 1.59 17

BAYLOR

No. 7 seed, 24-29 overall, 8-15 Big 12

Coach: Steve Smith (20th season)

Ranking: NR

Scouting report: Right fielder Adam Toth is hitting .303 this season and .476 over the past 10 games. … Baylor won three of its six series against ranked teams this season. … The Bears join Oklahoma as the only team to qualify for all 18 Big 12 Baseball Championships.

Key stat: 20. Saves from closer Josh Michalec, who tied former Oklahoma closer Jeff Bajenaru for the Big 12 record. Sam Moore from UC Irvine is the only pitcher in the nation with more this season (23).

Projected lineup

Pos. Player Cl. Avg. HR RBI

2B Lawton Langford Sr. .232 0 12

SS Brett Doe Sr. .262 0 15

3B Wendel Duncan Jr. .261 0 16

RF Adam Toth Jr. .303 3 23

DH Grayson Porter Sr. .229 5 29

1B Aaron Dodson Fr. .223 2 14

C Matt Menard Fr, .224 0 12

LF Darryn Sheppard Fr. .163 3 13

CF Logan Brown Jr. .196 1 10

Rotation

Pos. Player Cl. W-L ERA WHIP K

RHP Dylan Newman Sr. 5-3 3.42 1.37 55

LHP Brad Kuntz Jr. 4-2 3.32 1.36 51

RHP Austin Stone Jr. 3-4 2.32 1.09 28

Closer

Pos. Player Cl. S ERA WHIP K

RHP Josh Michalec Sr. 20 2.68 1.16 25

OKLAHOMA

No. 8 seed, 28-27 overall, 8-16 Big 12

Coach: Pete Hughes (first season)

Ranking: NR

Scouting report: Leading hitter Mac James has played five positions this season. … Ralph Garza Jr. leads OU with five wins and seven saves. … OU has used 34 different lineups in 55 games. … OU hitters combine to have the lowest strikeout rate in the Big 12.

Key stat: .348. James’ batting average, which is third in the Big 12. James and Craig Alkin (.305) are the only Sooners hitting above .300.

Projected lineup

Pos. Player Cl. Avg. HR RBI

CF Craig Alkin So. .305 0 20

RF Taylor Alspaugh Jr. .242 2 23

SS Sheldon Neuse Fr. .290 7 40

3B Mac James Jr. .348 5 39

1B Austin O’Brien Fr. .290 2 20

C Anthony Hermelyn So. .283 2 27

LF Hunter Haley So. .293 6 30

DH Kolbey Carpenter So. .292 2 12

2B Hector Lorenzana Sr. .270 1 26

Rotation

Pos. Player Cl. W-L ERA WHIP K

LHP Jacob Evans So. 3-5 5.70 1.55 49

RHP Jake Elliot Fr. 2-3 3.25 1.14 36

LHP Adam Choplick So. 4.95 3-4 1.49 68

Closer

Pos. Player Cl. S ERA WHIP K

RHP Ralph Garza Jr. So. 7 6.00 1.67 35