Baseball Drops 5-3 Tilt To No. 16 Baylor

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 16, 2001

March 16, 2001

Waco, Texas - Despite outhitting No. 16 Baylor 6-5, the Oklahoma baseball team fell 5-3 Friday night in the weekend series opener at Baylor Ballpark. Down 5-0 through six innings, OU pulled to within two with three runs in the final three innings before falling just short. Oklahoma senior catcher Sean Smith, who redshirted a year at Baylor out of high school, went 2-for-4 with a run scored against his former school and threw out a baserunner from behind the plate. The Sooners dropped to 8-15 overall and 4-3 in the Big 12 Conference as the Bears improved to 17-6 overall and 5-2 in the league.

Baylor jumped on the scoreboard first with two runs in the first inning and three more in the fifth frame off Oklahoma starter Evan Greusel (1-2). Despite the loss, Greusel turned in a solid performance as he held the top hitting team in the conference to only five hits and four earned runs, while fanning six batters.

OU's comeback began in the top of the seventh inning when Smith lead off the inning with a base hit and moved around to third base on an error by the Baylor shortstop on a ball put in play by junior shortstop Sergia Garcia (0-for-4). Smith then crossed home plate on the next play, a groundout double play by freshman leftfielder Ryan Welborn (1-for-4).

The Sooners added two more runs in the next frame as junior designated hitter Charlie Frasier doubled home both senior third baseman Jason Bartlett (0-for-4) and senior first baseman Greg Dobbs (1-for-4).

Following Frasier's two RBI double, Baylor inserted two pitchers that finished off the final five Oklahoma batters of the game on strikeouts.

Baylor sophomore Zane Carlson closed out the ninth for his third save as sophomore starting pitcher Steven White, who leads the conference in ERA, improved to 5-0.

The two teams square off again tomorrow night at 7 p.m.



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