Tuesday, March 20, 2012

HI NOTES: Looking back at High Point, Looking ahead at Big 12 in '12


Mizzou breaks win streak with 13-7 loss to High Point (KBIA Extra)
There are some great photos at this link, including a great shot of Eric Garcia's helmet-hair.


Mizzou heads into their final Big 129 Conference season this coming weekend.  Here's a look at how the Big 129 teams are shaping up so far in 2012.

BoydsWorld.com RPI rankings and records (3/19/12)
  • 13th, .624, 16-5, Texas A&M
  • 20th, .616, 14-7, Baylor
  • 37th, .579, 10-8, Texas
  • 71st, .550, 12-8, Texas Tech
  • 98th, .529, 12-6, Missouri
  • 139th, .504, 11-9, Oklahoma
  • 157th, .497, 11-9, Oklahoma State
  • 175th, .488, 12-8, Kansas State
  • 181st, .482, 9-10, Kansas
♦ The Big 129 season actually opened this past weekend for a few of the teams
  • Baylor swept Texas Tech, 9-4, 4-3, 8-1
  • Texas swept Oklahoma, 7-6, 9-5, 9-4
  • Texas A&M took 2 of 3 vs. Kansas State, 12-15, 9-2, 7-2
Big 12 baseball: Questions remain for Sooners, Cowboys (NewsOK.com)
For the very definition of madness, look no further than Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys stand 11-7, with wildly differing home/road splits.

OSU is 10-1 at Reynolds Stadium, 1-6 everywhere else.

Among the losses – a dropped popup just steps in front of home plate, with two outs in the ninth inning at TCU, that would have secured the Cowboys a series win on the road, but instead became another loss.
Wildcats beat Aggies 15-12 in Big 12 baseball opener (aggiesports.com)
Kansas State hitters won round one of the Big 12 opening series with eighth-ranked Texas A&M, rocking Aggie ace Michael Wacha then A&M's bullpen for a surprising Friday night result of 15-12 at Olsen Field.

KSU has scored the most runs in the Big 12 and did nothing to harm its reputation, scoring seven runs in the second inning against Wacha after hitting him hard and getting nothing for it in the first.

"Give Kansas State hitters credit," A&M head coach Rob Childress said. "Those guys had a great approach and were tough to put away. Obviously our bullpen proved that behind Michael as well. There were not many zeros on the board for Kansas State tonight."
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A&M could've scored more in the inning, but the Wildcats caught the Aggies in a double steal. Reynolds broke for second and Allemand for home, but KSU got Allemand in a rundown and tagged him to end the inning.

The Aggies' recent string of poor play in the field then returned to haunt them in the seventh when two errors led to two Wildcat runs. KSU hit just one ball out of the infield that inning on a Dan Klein single. Klein went 3 for 4.
Baylor bares it all (CollegeBaseballToday.com)
Coach Steve Smith: “It’s cyclical. Everybody’s going to go through their ups-and-downs this season. We’ve done a really good job against some good left-handed arms and we have a lot of left-handed hitters in our lineup every day. So we have done a good job against their left-handed pitchers.”
Baylor baseball has led university's other teams to success (lubbockonline.com)
“We’ve won some we weren’t supposed to, and we’ve lost some we shouldn’t have. That’s the nature of the game,” Smith said. “We’ve done about how I hoped we would. It’s hard to say what my expectations are. I just want us to go out and play hard every day. That’s what I expect, and the guys have done that.”
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Offensively, the Bears have been solid for most of the season. The Bears are hitting .280 as a team, led by the hard-hitting combination of first baseman Max Muncy and catcher Josh Ludy. Muncy is hitting .313 with a pair of home runs and 14 RBIs, while Ludy is hitting .303 with 13 driven in. Smith added that veteran speedster outfielder Logan Vick, who slumped early, is starting to find a groove, hitting .286 going into the weekend.

“We’re phenomenally good at drawing walks,” Smith said. “We’ve done a good job of that. Muncy’s been good though people are pitching him carefully, and he’s done a good job of not getting himself out too much. Ludy’s done a good job behind him and Vick is starting to come around. It’s a solid group.”
Texas sweeps OU in Big 12 baseball series (NewsOK.com)
Texas completed a three-game baseball sweep of the Sooners on Sunday afternoon, whipping the nation's No. 17-ranked team 9-4 before 1,184 fans at Mitchell Park in Norman. The oft-powerful Longhorns entered the Big 12 series under .500 for the season and ranked last among conference teams with a .221 batting average.

But they returned to Austin on Sunday night with a 10-8 record after hammering OU pitchers at a .360 clip.
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Oklahoma (11-9) has lost five straight. The Sooners are scoring runs — they had 28 during the previous five games — but they've given up much more. OU allowed 43 total runs in losses to Oregon State, Dallas Baptist and then the three-game set vs. Texas.

Kansas baseball players perform well on field (kansan.com)
Most Consistent: Robert Kahana, freshman from Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Kahana is Kansas’ “swing man” this season. He’ll start games on weekdays or when needed, but he will mostly come out of the bullpen on weekends and eat up innings. He has thrived in the role, possessing a 1-0 record and a 1.76 ERA. In 15.1 innings of work, he has allowed three runs on eight hits and six walks while striking out three. Coach Ritch Price said he would be a leader of the pitching staff by the end of his career.

Best game: Michael Suiter, freshman from Kailua, Hawaii

On March 7 against North Dakota, Suiter scored three runs and also drove in three in a 12-9 loss. Most impressive about the freshman’s outing was that he reached base three times by walking. It’s good to see a freshman with patience and composure at the plate. He also hit a three-run homer to pull the Jayhawks within one run after trailing by as many as five runs early.

♦ And speaking of the Big Texas Conference: From salaries, perks and bonuses, UT's head coaching contracts are, literally, big deals (statesman.com)
Garrido, as of this September, likely will become the fourth millionaire coach at Texas. The NCAA record-holder for career wins — who makes $935,000 before any additional monies generated by summer camps or incentive bonuses — should earn more than $1 million next year thanks to an amended, five-year contract extension he signed in 2008.

Garrido's on-field bonuses also increased dramatically in his amended contract. Before, he made $10,000 for making the NCAA regional field. Now, that payout is $75,000. A winning run through the College World Series would generate $165,000.

Yet if Garrido is fired this year, UT would owe him only $300,000.

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