COLLEGE BASEBALL: Tech, TCU, Texas, OU win in Big 12 Tourney



ARLINGTON – Mason Molina took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and struck out a season-high 10 batters to lead No. 2 seed Texas Tech over No. 7 seed Kansas State, 5-3, to start the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday.

The Wildcats (27-28) broke up the no-hitter with a one-out double by Nick Goodwin and then scored three runs in the inning to cut it to 5-3.

Molina went 6 2/3 inning and allowed the three runs on three hits and walked two.

Austin Becker picked up the save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Texas Tech (37-18) scored three runs in the second inning thanks in part to three Wildcat errors.

Dillon Carter extended the lead to 5-0 in the sixth with a two-run triple.

Texas Tech advanced to play Oklahoma on Thursday night.




ARLINGTON (AP) — Pete Hansen tied a season-high with 12 strikeouts in 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and two walks, and No. 5 seed Texas beat fourth-seeded Oklahoma State 4-0 on Wednesday in the opening game of the Big 12 Tournament.

Hansen (10-1) threw 122 pitches and didn't allow an extra-base hit. Tristan Stevens earned his second save of the season.

Austin Todd homered in the seventh for a 2-0 lead and Silas Ardoin added his 11th in the ninth for Texas (40-17), which had a program-record 110 homers during the regular season. Trey Faltine went 3 for 4 with an RBI single in the seventh and Ivan Melendez, the Big 12 player of the year with a nation-leading 28 homers, was 0 for 3.

Oklahoma State (36-19) was held scoreless for the first time since its regular-season opener against Vanderbilt on Feb. 18. The Cowboys swept the Longhorns in the regular season.




ARLINGTON (AP) — Kurtis Byrne capped a two-run eighth inning with an RBI single and top-seeded TCU rallied past No. 8 seed Baylor 4-2 on Wednesday in the Big 12 Tournament for the Frogs' eighth straight victory.

TCU (36-18), the first Big 12 team to win back-to-back regular-season titles since 2016-17, advances to play No. 5 seed Texas on Thursday in the winner's bracket. The Frogs lost a three-game series, 2-1, against the Longhorns in early April.

TCU took its first lead of the game in the eighth when Tommy Sacco, who drew a lead-off walk, scored on a wild pitch. Byrne followed with his 39th RBI of the season for a 4-2 lead.

Garrett Wright closed it out in the ninth with two strikeouts for his third save of the season. TCU starter Brett Walker allowed just four hits and two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings while striking out five.

Baylor starter Blake Helton struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings while allowing two earned runs. The Bears (26-27) face Oklahoma State in an elimination game on Thursday.




ARLINGTON (AP) — Peyton Graham hit a grand slam to cap a five-run second inning and No. 3 seed Oklahoma turned back No. 6 seed West Virginia 6-4 in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday.

Oklahoma (34-20) advances to play No. 2 seed Texas Tech in the double-elimination event on Thursday. West Virginia (32-21) will play an elimination game against Kansas State on Thursday.

The Sooners' big inning started when Wallace Clark singled leading off and walks to Jackson Nicklaus and Kendall Pettis loaded the bases with one out. John Spikeman singled to drive in the first run ahead of Graham's 12th home run of the season.

The Sooners added a run in the bottom of the fourth. Blake Robertson was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. He took second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Tanner Tredaway to make it 6-0.

The Mountaineers scored a run in the eighth when J.J. Wetherholt led off with a single, moved to third on a double by McGwire Holbrook and scored on a wild pitch.

Grant Hussey hit his team-high 11th home run — a solo shot with one out in the ninth. Oklahoma reliever Trevin Michael made things interesting — surrendering a two-out, two-run homer to Wetherholt upon entering the game before striking out Victor Scott II to close out the win.



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) vs. Baylor (26-27), 9 a.m.

Game 6: Kansas State (27-28) vs. West Virginia (33-21), 12:30 p.m.

Winners’ bracket

Game 7: Texas (40-17) vs. TCU (36-18), 4 p.m.

Game 8: Texas Tech (37-18) vs. Oklahoma (34-20), 7:30 p.m. 


Losers’ bracket

Game 9: Game 7 loser vs. Game 5 winner, 3:15

Game 10: Game 8 loser vs. Game 6 winner, 7 p.m.



Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 9 a.m.

Game 12: Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 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.