WACO, Texas -- The Sooners suffered a 6-2 loss at the hands of No. 15 Baylor at Baylor Ballpark on Sunday in the series’ rubber game.
The Bears scored a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth inning to take a 5-1 lead that OU could not overcome as the Sooners’s offense continued to have trouble against the Bears.
Baylor took its second lead of the game when Mike Pankratz singled in the fourth inning to score Zach Dillon and Reid Brees. The two-run single to center field was all the Bears needed.
On Sunday, the OU offense collected eight hits and two runs and had an 18-hit total to accompany nine runs in the three-game series.
OU’s (RHP) Will Savage started on the mound for the third time in nine days and took a seat after 4.1 innings. Savage allowed five earned runs on nine hits and did not walk a batter while striking out four.
Baylor took the game’s initial lead, in the bottom of the second inning, on a solo homer to right field by Kyle Reynolds, his sixth bomb of the year. OU quickly countered in the top half of the third on an RBI single by Chuckie Caufield that plated Aaron Ivey, who had doubled in the prior at-bat.
The OU offense would only collect one hit over the next three frames as the Bears’ Cory VanAllen put together 6.2 innings of five-hit ball and left the game in the top of the seventh after striking out three Sooners.
Ryan LaMotta took over for VanAllen with runners on the corners, with two outs, and Caufield drove in his second run of the game as Rodriguez scored from third base. With runners still on the corners, the Sooners’ rally ended after the next batter, Russell Raley, hit into a fielder’s choice enabling the force at second base to end the inning.
Caufield finished the game with two RBI after a 2-for-5 day at the plate. He is currently on a six-game hitting streak, his second longest of the season (7). Aaron Ivey also had two hits in Sunday’s loss and finished 3-for-5 in the series.
Zach Dillon, Reynolds and Pankratz posted two RBI apiece in the game and combined for five of the Bears’ 12 hits. LaMotta pitched well in relief for the second consecutive appearance against the Sooners. The reliever did not allow a hit and struck out six against OU on Friday and threw 1.2 innings and allowed three hits on Sunday. LaMotta finished his outing with one strikeout and gave way to Abe Woody in the ninth.
Woody posted his six save of the season after getting out of jam in the Sooners’ last chance at a rally. OU put two runners on base in the ninth with one out but could not gather a clutch hit as it stranded eight base runners in the game.
The Sooners are now 2-6 when playing on the road and the series loss to Baylor marks just the second three-game set that OU has surrendered (Arizona State) this season.
The loss drops the Sooners to 17-11 overall and 3-3 in Big 12 action while Baylor improves to 19-11 and 6-3. Baylor avenged the regular-season sweep they suffered a year ago to OU by taking two out of three games this weekend. And dating back to last year’s Big 12 Tournament, the Bears have won three of the last four games to lead the overall series, 27-23.
OU will now return home to prepare for Kansas this weekend at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The series will start on Friday at 7 p.m. and will be followed by Saturday’s game at 2 p.m. and the finale on Sunday at 1 p.m.