March 18, 2001
Waco, Texas - Oklahoma rallied for two runs in the ninth inning before falling 5-3 to No. 16 Baylor Sunday afternoon in the baseball series finale at Baylor Ballpark. OU was hindered by three errors, which led to three unearned runs, and eight baserunners stranded in scoring position during the game. The Bears, who improved to 18-7 overall and 6-3 in the Big 12 Conference, won the weekend series, 2-1. Oklahoma dropped to 9-16 overall and 5-4 in the conference with the loss.
The two teams played a tight ballgame through five innings and were knotted at one apiece at the end of five innings. Both teams scored their initial runs on solo homers by their outfielders. Baylor centerfielder Chris Durbin blasted his shot in the third inning and Oklahoma rightfielder Zach Harris (2-for-4) launched his home run in the fifth frame.
Baylor opened the game up with two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings before Oklahoma mounted a comeback in the top of the ninth inning. Harris led off the ninth with a single and advanced to second on an error by Baylor leftfielder Tim Hartshorn on the same play. A batter later, junior shortstop Sergio Garcia (3-for-4) doubled home Harris and eventually scored himself on a RBI single by junior designated hitter Charlie Frasier (1-for-4). Zane Carlson, the Bears' sophomore closer, then struck out the next two batters to end the Sooner rally.
OU starting pitcher Austin Mix dropped to 0-4 with the loss. Mix worked seven innings and gave up seven hits two earned runs, walked five and struck out three. Sophomore reliever Brandon Hankins worked an inning of scoreless relief in the eighth frame.
Oklahoma looks to a four-game road trip this week with one game at Texas-Arlington on Wednesday at 2 p.m. and a three-game set at Texas over the weekend.