Although it is unexpected, we now know which programs will compete for the title of Big 12 Baseball Tournament Champion. The No. 8 Oklahoma State Cowboys and the No. 6 Texas Longhorns square off on Sunday at 1 PM CST for all the marbles. Who shall reign victorious?
Heading into the Championship Game, O-State has proved to be a force on the mound. Throughout tournament play, the Cowboys sport a 2.25 ERA to rank first among all ball clubs. Leading the way, Blake Battenfield tossed six scoreless innings in one outing this past week in Oklahoma City. The effort on the bump allowed opponents to collect a mere .182 batting average. However, the Cowboys pitching staff must contend with one of the better offenses of the tournament.
The Texas Longhorns have scored 24 runs on 41 runs through four games. Boasting a tournament best five homeruns, UT racked up a .304 batting average in Bricktown Ballpark. The number ranks second in the Big 12 in tournament games behind West Virginia. With hitters like Kacy Clemens and Patrick Mathis — both with two homeruns in OKC — hits should remain plentiful.
While it appears as though it’s strength against strength, Oklahoma State can hit the ball well and has done so throughout the tournament. On the other side of the coin, Texas has a more than capable pitching staff. It should be an interesting game of strategy on Sunday.
Tune in to catch the action Sunday afternoon!