ARLINGTON — Ty Ruhl and Tyson Neighbors combined for a two-hitter, and Kansas State eliminated top-seeded Texas with a 6-0 victory on Thursday in the Big 12 Tournament.
The Longhorns (38-20), who lost 6-3 to Kansas on Wednesday, were the first team eliminated from the tournament. Kansas State (34-23) plays another elimination game today.
Dom Hughes went 3-for-4, including an RBI single in the first inning to give Kansas State a 1-0 lead that the Wildcats extended with a five-run seventh.
Kansas State chased starter Lebarron Johnson after leading off the seventh with a single. The Wildcats scored five runs with the bases loaded — two on walks. Nick Goodwin hit a two-run double off the third Texas pitcher of the inning.
Ruhl (4-4) started and threw five innings, allowing just one hit. Neighbors picked up his 11th save of the season after striking out eight in four innings.
Texas was 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Dylan Campbell extended his hitting streak to 35 games for the Longhorns, tying the Big 12 record.
TCU 14, Kansas 4 (8)
Brayden Taylor drove in three runs and scored four times, and TCU blew open a close game with a five-run sixth inning to defeat Kansas in eight innings in a winners’ bracket game of the Big 12 Tournament.
Taylor, who had four hits, blasted his 21st home run in the sixth and reached 60 RBIs for the season with the two-run shot.
No. 4 seed TCU (35-22) advanced to the final round of the upper bracket of the double-elimination tournament and will face No. 8 Kansas or No. 5 Kansas State on Saturday.
Cole Fontenelle tripled to drive in a first-inning run and scored on a throwing error as the Horned Frogs moved out to a 3-1 lead. Kansas kept it close and was within 5-4 heading to the bottom of the sixth before TCU broke loose. After an RBI single by Nunez and a run-scoring groundout by Bowen, Taylor homered to right field. Fontenelle capped the inning by scoring on a fielder’s choice, finishing with three runs and an RBI.
TCU added a run in the seventh and three in the eighth to invoke the mercy rule.
Luke Savage (3-3) got the win after allowing three hits and one run in 3 1/3 innings of middle relief. Hunter Cranton (3-4) took the loss.
Michael Brooks, Luke Leto, Cole Elvis and Jake English drove in one run each for Kansas (25-31), which will play Kansas State in an elimination game today.
Oklahoma State 3, West Virginia 2
Roc Riggio hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning, and Oklahoma State edged West Virginia to give coach Josh Holliday his 400th career victory.
The Mountaineers (39-18) became the second top-three seed to be eliminated from the tournament after No. 1 Texas lost earlier in the day. The Cowboys (38-17) play another must-win game today.
Oklahoma State sophomore Juaron Watts-Brown struck out the first two batters of the ninth before West Virginia loaded the bases on a double and two hit batters. Watts-Brown ended it with his seventh strikeout in three innings to pick up his sixth win of the season.
West Virginia tied it at 2 in the sixth on a bases-loaded groundout, but Cowboys starter Nolan McLean got an inning-ending strikeout to strand two Mountaineers in scoring position.
J.J. Wetherholt went 2-for-2 with a double and was on base five times for West Virginia.
Texas A&M 5, South Carolina 0
HOOVER, Ala. — Trevor Werner was 3-for-4 with an RBI triple, freshman Justin Lamkin struck out nine in a seven-inning start, and Texas A&M beat South Carolina.
The Aggies (34-24), the No. 10 seed, advanced to today’s semifinals by eliminating the Gamecocks (39-19).
Austin Bost started a three-run fourth for A&M with an RBI double, and the Aggies never looked back.
Lamkin (3-3), Chris Cortez and Matt Dillard combined for a one-hit shutout. South Carolina’s Will Tippett led off the fifth with a single before Lamkin retired the next three batters.
Texas A&M walked three straight batters in the eighth before Dillard entered to end the threat with a strikeout of Gavin Casas.
Aggies starters have combined for 17 strikeouts in 17 scoreless innings in the tournament, allowing just five hits.