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Baseball Preview: Let’s check on the Big 12 Conference

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The No. 5 Longhorns begin a road series in Lawrence tonight against the Kansas Jayhawks, with first pitch at 6 p.m. on ESPN+.

With the modified travel schedule due to Easter weekend, neither David Pierce nor any Texas player was made available to the media. No issue. With conference play underway and the season humming along, let’s check in on what the rest of the conference looks like.

Big 12 Standings
1. TCU – 17-7, 3-0
2. Oklahoma State – 16-6-1, 4-2
3. Texas – 17-8, 4-2
4. Texas Tech – 19-4, 2-1
5. West Virginia – 10-9, 2-1
6. Kansas – 15-8, 1-2
7. Oklahoma – 13-11, 1-2
8. Baylor – 14-10, 1-5
9. Kansas State – 13-10, 0-3


RPI Rankings (via WarrenNolan.com, current as of 3/28)
14. Oklahoma State
20. Texas Tech
27. Texas
29. TCU
69. Kansas
77. Baylor
86. Oklahoma
136. Kansas State
159. West Virginia


Ranked teams in D1baseball.com’s top 25
4. Texas Tech
5. Texas
12. TCU
16. Oklahoma State


TCU Horned Frogs
Series wins: 
Liberty, Shriners Hospitals Classic (A&M-CC, TXST), Louisiana, Baylor
This weekend: Oklahoma

Friday night pitcher: Russell Smith
4-1, 1.91 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 33.0 IP, 42 K, 4 BB, .206 BAA

Hitter of note: Zach Humphreys
.325/.418/.636 (AVG/OBP/SLG), 25 H, 21 RBI, 5 HR, 12 BB, 14 K


Oklahoma State Cowboys
Series wins:
 Illinois State, Grand Canyon, Kansas State
This weekend: West Virginia

Friday night pitcher: Scott Parker
5-1, 1.75 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 36.0 IP, 38 K, 9 BB, .228 BAA

Hitter of note: Christian Encarnacion-Strand
.330/.392/.637, 30 H, 21 RBI, 8 HR, 4 BB, 16 K


Texas Longhorns
Series wins:
 BYU, Houston, South Carolina, Baylor, Oklahoma
This weekend: Kansas

Friday night pitcher: Ty Madden
3-1, 1.83 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 39.1 IP, 50 K, 14 BB, .149 BAA

Hitter of note: Mitchell Daly
.393/.462/.536, 22 H, 10 RBI, HR, 7 BB, 12 K


Texas Tech Red Raiders
Series wins:
 Houston Baptist, Shriners Hospitals Classic (TXST, SHSU, A&M-CC), UConn, Oklahoma State,
This weekend: Kansas State

Friday night pitcher: Brandon Birdsell
3-1, 3.25 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 27.2 IP, 30 K, 8 BB, .221 BAA

Hitter of note: Dru Baker
.442/.518/.558, 42 H, 14 RBI, HR, 14 BB, 14 K


West Virginia Mountaineers
Series wins:
 CCU Baseball Tournament (Kennesaw State, Bryant), Kansas
This weekend: Oklahoma State

Friday night pitcher: Jackson Wolf
2-2, 1.93 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 28.0 IP, 30 K, 15 BB, .172 BAA

Hitter of note: Victor Scott
.328/.449/.574, 20 H, 15 RBI, 3 HR, 14 BB, 15 K


Kansas Jayhawks
Series wins:
 South Dakota State, St. Louis, Omaha, Creighton
This weekend: Texas

Friday night pitcher: Ryan Cyr
3-2, 4.78 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 37.2 IP, 37 K, 6 BB, .294 BAA

Hitter of note: Skyler Messinger
.354/.442/.524, 29 H, 20 RBI, 2 HR, 11 BB, 8 K


Oklahoma Sooners
Series wins:
 Round Rock Classic (Auburn, Baylor), Arkansas State, Houston,
This weekend: TCU

Friday night pitcher: Wyatt Olds
1-2, 6.67 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 27.0 IP, 36 K, 9 BB, .264 BAA

Hitter of note: Tyler Hardman
.463/.559/.716, 44 H, 22 RBI, 4 HR, 21 BB, 24 K


Baylor Bears
Series wins:
 Memphis, Xavier,
This weekend: North Carolina A&T

Friday night pitcher: Tyler Thomas
2-2, 2.08 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 34.2 IP, 37 K, 15 BB, .181 BAA

Hitter of note: Jack Pineda
.348/.468/.449, 31 H, 13 RBI, 18 BB, 16 K


Kansas State Wildcats
Series wins
: Western Michigan, Rice/NIU, New Mexico,
This weekend: Texas Tech

Friday night pitcher: Jordan Wicks
4-1, 2.65 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 37.1 IP, 51 K, 10 BB, .214 BAA

Hitter of note: Zach Kokoska
.313/.431/.687, 26 H, 24 RBI, 9 HR, 15 BB, 15 K