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Big 12 Baseball Weekend Preview

At 23-6 the Oklahoma Sooners have the best overall record in the Big 12 but their 5-3 conference record is only good enough to put them in 3rd place in the conference standings. That sets us up for a huge weekend of action where the Sooners travel to Manhattan to take on the struggling Wildcats. Meanwhile Texas and Texas A&M (both tied for first place) are playing their conference series on the road as well. Does it set up for Oklahoma to gain some ground? Let's take a look. 

2011 Big 12 Baseball Standings
Big 12 Pct Overall Pct
Texas 7-2 .778 22-7 .759
Texas A&M 7-2 .778 22-7 .759
Oklahoma 5-3 .625 23-6 .793
Oklahoma State 5-4 .556 21-8 .724
Texas Tech 4-5 .444 19-11 .633
Baylor 4-5 .444 17-13 .567
Kansas 4-5 .444 13-16 .448
Nebraska 2-4 .333 20-11 .645
Kansas State 2-7 .222 16-11 .593
Missouri 1-4 .200 13-16 .448
As of April 7, 08:31 AM CT

 

Oklahoma At Kansas State

After sweeping Texas Tech last weekend the Sooners also took a non-conference match up against Oklahoma State on Tuesday night in Norman. Oklahoma seems to have found their bats again, scoring a combined 37 runs over their last four games. That bodes well going into Manhattan to take on a Kansas State team that lost two of three from to Texas A&M last weekend and now sit at just 2-7 in the conference. This is a situation where Oklahoma must have their sights set on a weekend sweep.

Nebraska At Kansas

Nebraska hosted Oklahoma State last weekend and lost two of three games to the Cowboys. The Jayhawks are coming off a midweek win over Missouri (doesn't count in the conference standings) and also took two of their three games at home against Baylor last weekend.

Missouri At Oklahoma State 

After winning their series at Nebraska last weekend the Cowboys found themselves ranked in the Top 25 only to travel to Norman where they took it on the chin in an 8-3 loss. The good news for OSU is that loss to the Sooners on Tuesday night doesn't count in the conference standings and now they're home to play the Missouri Tigers who have lost four games in a row. Look for O-State to try and make up some ground in the conference standings. 

Texas At Baylor

Texas won a Tuesday night game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi while the Bears lost to Sam Houston State, 3-2, in extra innings. With the Longhorns deadlocked with Texas A&M for the top spot in the conference standings this is a huge series. Just dropping one game in Waco could result in Texas slipping down into second place.

Texas A&M At Texas Tech 

This series has every bit as much weight on it as the Texas/Baylor series does. Both will be fun to watch for Oklahoma fans because if the Sooners take care of their business then they stand to gain some ground on either one or both of the conference leaders. Something interesting to note is that the Aggies dropped their Tuesday night game against Houston, 3-2.