Baseball Drops Series at No. 17 Baylor

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
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WACO, Texas – The Oklahoma baseball team battled No. 17 Baylor into the 12th inning, but a two-out single through the infield scored the winning run of a 3-2 Bears win in the series rubber game Sunday at Baylor Ballpark.

Third baseman Brylie Ware went 2-for-4 and drove in a run. The Sooners (25-12, 6-6 Big 12) erased a 2-0 deficit with runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The game remained tied at 2-2 until the Bears (24-10, 8-3 Big 12) scored in the 12th inning on a base hit by second baseman Josh Bissonette.           

Sophomore Levi Prater struck out seven batters over 6.0 innings and allowed one earned run. Freshman Wyatt Olds and sophomores Ledgend Smith and Aaron Brooks combined for 2.0 scoreless innings, and junior Jason Ruffcorn (1-2) pitched a season-long 3.2 innings. Baylor closer Kyle Hill (5-0) pitched the final 3.0 innings and earned the win. 

“The kids fought really hard. Levi and the bullpen pitched really well, and Ruffcorn extended the game,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “I thought it came down to executing. They got the leadoff hitter on and bunted him over, we got an out, and they got a big hit. That’s the separator in the game. It could’ve happened for us earlier in the game.” 

Oklahoma cut the deficit to 2-1 in the fourth inning when first baseman Tyler Hardman drew a walk and moved around to score on an errant throw to first as Baylor tried to turn a double play. Third baseman Brylie Ware stroked a two-out double in the fifth inning to score right fielder Blake Brewster and tie the game at 2-2. OU ran aggressively, trying to score two runs on the double, but the relay throw beat the runner home to end the inning. 

Baylor scored a run in the second inning on an RBI single by first baseman Chase Wehsener. In the third, an error loaded the bases before a hit batter plated a run to make it 2-0. In the ninth, catcher Shea Langeliers led off with a single and moved around to score on Bissonette’s single. 

The Sooners put runners on base in three of the last five innings. OU had two runners on in the seventh inning after a single by shortstop Brandon Zaragoza and a walk to designated hitter Jordan Vujovich. In the ninth, second baseman Conor McKenna hit a leadoff single and Ware singled to start the ninth. 

Oklahoma pitching maintained the tie for eight innings and kept the game going. In the fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth innings, Baylor put two runners on base and did not score. In the sixth, the Bears tried to score from second on an infield single, but Hardman alertly threw to home and catcher Brady Lindsly tagged the runner out. Two flyouts and a groundout ended the other three frames, leaving two runners on base each time. 

The Sooners travel to Tulsa on Tuesday to take on Oral Roberts. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.