BIG 12 BASEBALL:OSU beats TCU; K-State edged Tech



ARLINGTON (AP) — Cole Johnson scored on a squeeze bunt by Josh Nicoloff in the 11th inning and seventh-seeded Kansas State stayed alive in the Big 12 Tournament with a 6-5 victory over second-seeded Texas Tech on Friday night.

Johnson opened the inning by reaching second base when Easton Murrell dropped his fly ball in the corner, just fair, as he approached the wall. A sacrifice bunt by Kaelen Culpepper put Johnson on third, with the perfectly executed bunt coming on a 1-0 pitch.

First baseman Dylan Phillips came on to pitch a perfect ninth with two strikeouts for his eighth save.

Kansas State had tied the game in the top of the ninth on a two-out, bases-loaded wild pitch. The Wildcats were 0 for 24 when trailing after eight innings.

The Red Raiders (37-20) beat K-State (29-28) 5-3 to open the tournament before losing to Oklahoma. The Wildcats now face the third-seeded Sooners on Saturday, needing two wins to make the championship game.

K-State jumped on top with three runs in the second inning with Nick Goodwin hitting a solo home run and Justin Mitchell a two-run single.

A three-run sixth put Texas Tech on top with Ty Coleman's two-run double the big hit.

After the Wildcats tied the game in the seventh, Dillon Carter followed Parker Kelly's double to make it 5-4 for Texas Tech.




ARLINGTON (AP) — Caeden Trenkle had three hits and three RBIs, Roman Phansalkar struck out six in five innings and No. 4 seed Oklahoma State beat top-seeded TCU 8-4 on Friday night to advance to the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament.

Oklahoma State (38-19) plays No. 5 seed Texas on Saturday, needing two wins to advance to the championship game. TCU (36-20) waits for the postseason announcements on Monday.

TCU scored three runs in two innings before Phansalkar entered in the third. Phansalkar (6-2) allowed two hits in the third, including an RBI double, but TCU only managed one more hit the rest of the way.

Zach Ehrhard and Griffin Doersching added two RBIs for Oklahoma State.

Bobby Goodloe had two hits and two RBIs for TCU. Caleb Bolden (4-2) allowed five hits and four earned runs in two innings. TCU was without coach Kirk Saarloos, who was suspended for two games by the NCAA after his ejection on Thursday.


Big 12 Baseball Championships

At Globe Life Field, Arlington


Top bracket

Game 1: (5) Texas (39-17) 4, (4) Oklahoma State (36-18) 0

Game 2: (1) TCU (35-18) 4, (8) Baylor (26-26) 2

Lower bracket

Game 3: (2) Texas Tech (36-18) 5, (7) Kansas State (27-27) 3

Game 4: (3) Oklahoma (33-20) 6, (6) West Virginia (33-20) 4


Losers’ bracket

Game 5: Oklahoma State (36-19) 11, Baylor (26-27) 1. Baylor eliminated.

Game 6: Kansas State (27-28) 8, West Virginia (33-21) 5. West Virginia eliminated.

Winners’ bracket

Game 7: Texas (40-17) 5, TCU (36-18) 3

Game 8: Oklahoma (34-20) 6, Texas Tech (37-18) 3


Losers’ bracket

Game 9: Oklahoma State (37-19) 8, TCU (36-19) 4. TCU eliminated

Game 10: Kansas State (28-28) 6, Texas Tech (37-19) 5, 11 innings. Texas Tech eliminated



Game 11: Texas (41-17) vs. Oklahoma State (38-19), 9 a.m.

Game 12: Oklahoma (35-20) vs. Kansas State (29-28), 12:30 p.m.

If necessary

Game 13: Game 11 winner vs. Game 11 loser, 4 p.m.

Game 14: Game 12 winner vs. Game 12 winner, 7:30 p.m.



Game 15: Bracket winners, 5 p.m.