WACO, Texas (KWTX) The Baylor Bears are scheduled to play the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Conference Tournament opener Wednesday, and are expected to do so with their most reliable bat back in the lineup.
Davis Wendzel, who has missed the previous eight games with an oblique injury, is 'very probable' to play against Oklahoma. The junior third baseman leads Baylor (33-15) with a .385 batting average and 27 walks, and is second on the team with eight home runs and 39 RBIs.
"Davis is as good as they get. He's arguably the Big 12 Player of the Year if he doesn't miss those seven Big 12 games," Baylor senior outfielder Richard Cunningham said. "He's so fun to watch and knowing that he's there in the three hole and playing third base, he's so steady. He's going to produce no matter what.
"I've never seen somebody in the box with his presence, his mentality and the ability to do what he does. To have him back would be a huge lift for the team and it would scare the other team, maybe make them pitch a little more tense."
Cole Weaver started at third base in seven of Wendzel's eight missed games, while Ricky Martinez had a couple hits in the other game -- a 16-4 loss to Oklahoma State.