Alex Young

Tres Barrera, Texas sophomore catcher and first baseman, fields a pick-off against Oklahoma.
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Before combining to take down Texas in a series sweep, a trio of TCU pitchers — junior Riley Ferrell, senior Preston Morrison and junior Alex Young — were named to the National College Baseball Hall of Fame National Pitcher of the Year watch list.

Morrison leads the Big 12 with nine wins and two shutouts and currently leads the conference in active career wins and ERA. Young ranks second with eight wins and third in ERAs with a 1.65 average. The two combined for just over 13 innings pitched, six strikeouts and four earned runs.

Farrell leads the conference with 11 saves, including one against the Longhorns on Saturday.

Oklahoma State’s Michael Freeman and Texas Tech’s Corey Taylor were also named to the watch list.

Oklahoma State takes series over Texas Tech

After falling in the first game of the series against Texas Tech on Friday, Oklahoma State climbed back to win the next two games, winning the series and maintaining its lead in
the conference.

The Red Raiders took the first game of the series behind the arm of Ryan Moseley, who held the Cowboys to just one run on six hits, striking out seven in seven innings of work in a 5–3 win.

Oklahoma State bounced back the next day, piling on eight runs on 13 hits. Freshman third baseman Jacob Chappell led the way with three RBIs and two walks in the win.

The Cowboys finished off the series with a win Sunday, striking for five runs in the first four innings, including two home runs in a three-run fourth inning.

With the series victory, Oklahoma State held onto its conference lead. The Cowboys hold a game-and-a-half advantage over TCU.

Cowboys, Sooners set to square off in ‘Bedlam’

With the regular season winding down, the ‘Bedlam’ rivalry between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will likely decide who takes home the Big 12 regular season crown.

The Cowboys currently sit in the top spot in the conference, sporting a 12–6 conference record and a game-and-a-half lead over Oklahoma and TCU. They also sit in second in team batting, with a .287 batting average, and team pitching, with a 2.79 ERA. Senior pitcher Michael Freeman leads all starters in the conference with a 1.17 ERA and a .185 opponent’s batting average.

But Oklahoma will counter with senior pitcher Robert Tasin, who’s fourth in the conference with a 1.93 ERA and junior infielder Kolbey Carpenter, who’s second in the Big 12 with a .370 batting average and eight home runs.

Conference Rankings

Despite sweeping Texas in dominating fashion over the weekend, TCU remained fifth in the latest Baseball America rankings released Monday.

The same top five teams remain at the top of the rankings, although Texas A&M dropped from second to third after losing its series to No. 1 LSU this weekend. UCLA jumped to the second spot, and Louisville remained in fourth.

Oklahoma State jumped up five spots to 12th following its series win over Texas Tech, which dropped out of the poll altogether.

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With the game tied at one in the top of the sixth, TCU senior infielder Keaton Jones drilled a double to left-center field to score two runs and lift the No. 3 Horned Frogs to a 4-2 win over the defending champion Vanderbilt Commodores.

The win sealed a winning West Coast swing over the weekend for TCU, who’s considered a strong contender to get back to Omaha this year. The Horned Frogs dropped their opening game at No. 23 USC on Friday night when the Trojans walked off with a suicide squeeze bunt to win 7-6 in 12 innings.

TCU rebounded Saturday with a 3-1 win over No. 6 UCLA, thanks in large part to junior starting pitcher Alex Young, who allowed one run and three hits in eight innings while striking out nine batters.

The Horned Frogs open up conference play this weekend at home against Baylor.

Young named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week

After posting wins over No. 10 Rice and No. 4 UCLA, TCU junior starting pitcher Alex Young was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

Young had a career night Saturday, striking out nine batters in eight innings. Earlier in the week, Young pitched two innings in relief against Rice, striking out three without giving up a hit.

Oklahoma sophomore shortstop Sheldon Neuse was named the conference’s player of the week after hitting three home runs and two doubles, stealing two bases and posting 10 RBIs, as the Sooners went 3-1 last week.

Kansas State junior catcher Tyler Moore earned newcomer of the week after, driving in eight RBI and hitting a home run in the Wildcats sweep of Santa Clara.

Big 12 teams drop in NCBWA rankings

After starting strong in the rankings, a number of Big 12 teams fell in the latest National College Baseball Writers Association poll released Monday.

While conference frontrunner TCU held steady in the second spot, Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State each slipped. After splitting its weekend series at Stanford, Texas dropped three spots to No. 16. Texas Tech moved from seventh to 13th after a sweep at Cal State Fullerton. Oklahoma State fell from 17th to 24th after losing 2-out-of-3 at home against Illinois.

Tech’s head coach tabbed for hall of fame

Long-time Texas Tech head coach Larry Hays will be the first Red Raider to be inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame this year, the organization announced last week.

Hays spent 22 years in Lubbock, leading the Red Raiders to nine NCAA tournament appearances and four conference titles. During his tenure, he posted an 813-479-3 record.

Hays, who began his coaching career at Lubbock Christian University, is one of eight head coaches in college baseball to post 1,500 wins, a list that also includes Texas head coach Auggie Garrido.

The 2015 hall of fame class will be inducted on June 28-29.