Six thoughts on Friday’s twelve major regional baseball games

The field of 64 participants was set when the road to Omaha began on Friday. There were six Big 12 teams in action on the diamond as the conference finished 5-0. Here are my six thoughts on the Big 12 from day one of college baseball regionals.

Friday’s results

Oklahoma: 14, Oral Roberts: 0

Oklahoma State: 19, Niagara: 7

Texas: 12, Louisiana: 5

West Virginia: 4, Dallas Baptist: 1

UCF: 8, Alabama: 7

Kansas State: 9, Louisiana Tech: 4 (postponed)

The Sooners were rolling

When a team hosts a regional match, things can sometimes be a bit tight in the opening match. They let teams hang around for too long and end up not playing at their best. Well, that didn’t happen on Friday in Norman, Oklahoma, as the Sooners were on fire from the first pitch to the last.

They scored a whopping 14 runs that night, while Kyson Witherspoon and Carter Campbell shut out Oral Roberts and held them to just three hits. When Oklahoma plays like this, there aren’t many teams in the country that can stop them. They also got a little gift thanks to UCONN taking down Duke earlier in the day.

The runs don’t stop in Stillwater

It seems like every time I watch an O’Brate game, Oklahoma State puts up an absurd number of runs. I guess some things never change because the Cowboys scored almost 20 points against Niagara. Nolan Schubart and Zach Ehrhard combined for seven RBIs as they led Oklahoma State’s offensive surge. The one thing you can count on in this series is that Oklahoma State will hit the ball well in Stillwater.

The fifth inning of Texas Size

Entering the fifth inning, Texas had a 3-2 lead over Louisiana. That changed very quickly when the Longhorns put the wrong number on the board. A basesloaded walk and an error put two runs on the board before Jared Thomas drove in a run.

What changed the match was a grand slam by Jalin Flores. His monster shot cleared the bases and gave Texas a 10-2 lead.

But Texas wasn’t done yet as they managed to add two more points and give themselves a ten-point lead. I said Texas should leave College Station and they certainly did Friday night against Louisiana.

Derek Clark puts on a show

The only thing I was concerned about for West Virginia in the postseason was their pitching. Sure, I knew Derek Clark would take care of business, but he had the performance of his life against a very good Dallas Baptist team. Clark pitched a complete game and allowed just four hits while striking out eight. Because Derek lasted nine innings, it helped West Virginia save some of their bullpen arms for Saturday, which is crucial this time of year.

UCF proved me wrong

Going into the weekend, I was concerned about UCF’s ability to score and keep pace with teams like Alabama and Florida State. They have the best pitching staff in the Tallahassee area and on Friday they showed the entire country that they also have the offense to get the job done. The Knights scored eight points against the Crimson Tide, and it seemed like every time they needed a key run, they got it.

Jack Zyska finished the game with a team-high three RBIs, while Andrew Williamson and Matt Cedarburg each finished with two RBIs. The key hit to get UCF over the line late came from Cedarburg with his clutch RBI single.

Go away rain

Unfortunately, due to weather conditions, the game between Kansas State and Louisiana Tech will have to be played Saturday morning at 11 a.m. central time. The Wildcats resumed play with a 9-4 lead in the sixth inning.

Saturday’s programme

UCF at Florida State (4 p.m. CT)

Florida at Oklahoma State 6:00 PM CT)

UCONN at Oklahoma (8 p.m. CT)

Texas at Texas A&M (8 p.m. CT)

West Virginia at Grand Canyon (9 p.m. CT)

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