Depending on the outcome of the OU-Texas Red River Showdown, the Sooners would play either the victor or loser of the game between No. 2 TCU and No. 7 Kansas in their second game of the double-elimination conference championship.
Clemens connected on two-run home runs in the first and third innings, helping Texas to a 5-0 lead. Hamilton bests his previous game high in doubles (2 vs Kansas, 2017).
Martin looked to be his vintage self in the first inning, inducing three straight ground outs and escaping the inning with 14 total pitches. Gray and Chase Illig, pinch hitting for Gonzalez, led off with back-to-back walks before consecutive singles by Hill and Austin extended WVU's lead to 10 and ended the game. However, Oklahoma found themselves down early, giving up three runs in the first inning.
The heart of Oklahoma's lineup remains the ferocious 3-4-5 punch of Renae Martinez, Steele Walker and Austin O'Brien, but they will need help from guys like Brylie Ware, Kyle Mendenhall and Jack Flansburg - whose.299 slugging percentage bests only 9-hole hitter Brandon Zaragoza among Sooner starters - as well. Baylor enters the loser's bracket and will play the loser of the aforementioned game at 10 a.m. ET tomorrow. The Longhorns are led offensively by first baseman Kacy Clemens, who comes into the championship hitting.308 with nine home runs and 42 runs batted in. Big 12 teams are hitting just.238 off of Texas pitching this season.
Texas coach David Pierce had no intention of letting his team slip into the Big 12 Championship's losers' bracket. WVU was No. 20 in Tuesday's RPI, but that was good enough for fourth-best in the Big 12, trailing Texas Tech (No. 4), TCU (No. 6) and Baylor (No. 19). That plus their No. 25 RPI likely puts them on the outside of hosting - 16 teams are awarded regionals - as they open Big 12 Tournament.
Orlando Garcia, who leads the team with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs coming into Wednesday's contest, looked to be the flawless batter to strike.
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Carson Teel relieved Battenfield in the seventh. OU and Baylor are the only two Big 12 schools that have played in all 21 conference championships in Big 12 history. He's 6-6 in the Big 12 tournament with the Mountaineers and was 4-6 in conference tournaments as the head coach at Charleston Southern and ECU. Texas won the first two games, 5-3 and 9-3.
This outing against Texas Tech, Battenfield pitched six innings and again, only gave up four hits and struck out three batters.
Game 6: Game 3 Loser vs.
The tournament will take place at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City starting on Wednesday morning.
Mazey plans to have his top starter, junior B.J. Myers (4-3, 4.03 ERA), start Thursday.