Around the Diamond: Week 2 in Big 12 Baseball

The second week in Big 12 baseball saw Baylor and TCU both get in the win column, while Oklahoma stayed undefeated and Oklahoma State shot up the standings.

It's a small thing, but it feels good nonetheless. TCU got into the win column Tuesday with a win over cross-metroplex rival DBU.

However, there's still a long, long way to go to get back up the standings where they belong. Oklahoma continued their hot streak, Oklahoma State has won 5 in a row, and everyone else, save Baylor and West Virginia, is sitting .500 or better.

Here's an updated standings with weekend recaps for each team. Also, check out the first ever FOW Big 12 Power Rankings at the bottom.

1. #18 Oklahoma (9-0). This week (3-0).

Def: Iowa 3-1; Texas A&M Corpus Christi 4-2; New Mexico 10-8.

The Sooners stayed perfect on the season as they won the Kleberg Bank College Classic Championship over the weekend, extending their winning streak to nine games. They stayed still in the rankings simply because everyone in front of them was also doing work over the weekend.

Player of the Week: Jack Mayfield. Mayfield was named the Kleberg Classic MVP, going 5-13 for the weekend. His big moment came in the 8th inning against New Mexico, when he hit a three-run jimmy jack to give OU the lead for good.

Next Week: March 1-3 vs. Pepperdine; March 5 @ UT-Arlington

2. Oklahoma State (7-1). This week (3-0).

Def: NJIT 11-1, 6-3, 5-2

Oklahoma State swept the New Jersey Institute of Technology over the weekend. The series was threatened by rain on Friday, forcing a Saturday doubleheader. The Cowboys have already played two doubleheaders this season and are 4-0 in those games.

Player of the Week: Victor Romero. Went 5-8 in the double header with four RBI and he caught both games. Was the DH on Sunday, going 0-3 but managing to score a run.

Next Week: March 1-3 vs. UC Davis; March 5 vs. Missouri State

3. Texas (6-2). This week (3-1).

Def: Nebraska 8-2, 4-3, 2-0

Lost: Sam Houston State 5-3

The Horns swept Nebraska before dropping their Tuesday game to a scrappy Sam Houston State bunch. The loss ended a five game winning streak for Texas, but they still find themselves sitting third in the conference.

Player of the Week: Mark Payton. The junior right fielder went 8-13 with six RBI over the weekend and against San Houston State.

Next Week: March 1-3 @ #15 Stanford; march 5 vs. UT-Pan Am.

4. Kansas (4-3). This week (2-1).

Def: SIUE 8-0; Jackson State 10-6

Lost: Central Arkansas 9-3

Kansas didn't play a close game all weekend against not so stiff competition. However, they're averaging almost 7 runs per game this season (6.7), which is impressive.

Player of the Week: Justin Protacio. The shortstop went 6-10 over the weekend with three RBI, a run scored and two stolen bases.

Next Week: March 1-3 Eastern Michigan (4 games, in Grand Prairie, TX).

5. Texas Tech (5-4). This week (1-4).

Def: Florida International 8-6

Lost: Troy 10-3; Central Florida 13-8; Connecticut 1-0 (11); Florida International 9-7

The Red Raiders dropped two spots in the standings this week, after going 1-4 on their swing through Florida. They showed a lack of pitching, and some inconsistencies in their lineup that could seriously be exposed once conference play starts.

Player of the Week: Devon Conley. One of a few bright spots on the weekend, Conley went 8-22 with five RBI and four runs scored over the week.

Next Week: March 1-3 vs. La Salle; March 5-6 @ #20 Arizona

6. Kansas State (3-3). This week (1-2)

Def: #11 Kentucky 7-5

Lost: Coastal Carolina 2-1; Elon 4-3

Kansas State was close to going 3-0 this weekend. They had runners on 2nd and 3rd against Coastal Carolina in the 9th inning before losing, and they allowed two runs in the 8th against Elon to drop that game as well. The win over Kentucky was a big one, and Wildcat fans should be happy with their team to this point.

Player of the Week: Shane Conlon. The first baseman recorded seven hits over the weekend, including a 5-5 outing against Kentucky with two RBI and two runs scored.

Next Week: March 2-3 vs. Oakland (3 games); March 5-6 vs. Niagra

7. West Virginia (3-4). This week (2-2)

Def: Youngstown State 7-3; Wake Forest 9-2

Lost: Youngstown State 10-7; Wake Forest 11-3

West Virginia split series with both Youngstown State and Wake Forest, showing improved hitting against both clubs. The Mountaineers averaged 6.5 runs per game this week, up from 3.3 last week.

Player of the Week: Brady Wilson. Wilson hit 6-14 over the weekend with three RBI.

Next Week: March 1 vs. Indiana; March 2 vs. UMBC; March 3 vs. Florida Atlantic; March 5 vs. Eastern Kentucky

8. Baylor (3-5). This week (3-2).

Def: Texas State 6-3; #12 UCLA 5-0; Pepperdine 5-4

Lost: #12 UCLA 4-3, 5-4

Baylor recorded their first win of the season against Texas State last Thursday, but lost two of three to a very good UCLA team. Their bounce back win against Pepperdine shows that this team has a little grit.

Player of the Week: Nathan Orf hit over .500 for the week (10-17), and recorded 2 RBI and three runs scored.

Next Week: March 1 vs. California; March 2 vs. Houston; March 3 vs. #13 Rice; March 5-6 vs. Louisiana Tech

9. TCU (1-6). This week (1-3).

Def: DBU 6-1

Lost: #17 Cal State Fullerton 7-2, 6-2, 7-0

The Frogs suffered their second straight sweep against a ranked opponent, and they'll have to work miracles the rest of the season if they want to host a regional. However defeating the sweep against Cal State was though, it was nice to beat down a DBU team that always circles the day they're scheduled to play TCU.

Player of the Week: Trevor Seidenberger. the junior transfer from Blynn College made his first start for the Frogs, and went six shutout innnings, striking out six, and allowing no earned runs.

Next Week: March 1-3 @ Jacksonville; March 5 vs. Arkansas Pine-Bluff

The FOW Big 12 Power Rankings

1. Oklahoma (18 points)

T-2. Texas (15 points)

T-2. Oklahoma State (15 points)

4. Baylor (12 points)

T-5. Kansas State (9 points)

T-5. TCU (9 points)

7. Texas Tech (6 points)

8. Kansas (4 points)

9. West Virginia (2 points)

A quick note about the rankings: Currently there are two voters, and the standard 9-points for a 1st place vote down to 1 point for a 9th place vote is how the rankings are scored, i.e. West Virginia receiving 2 points means they got two last place votes. (To any SBN contributor to a Big 12 school blog: if you want to be a voter, simply let me know).

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