March 17, 2001
Waco, Texas - The Oklahoma baseball team ended a three-game losing streak Saturday night as the Sooners knocked off No. 16 Baylor, 3-2, at Baylor Ballpark in Waco. OU starting pitcher Rocky Cherry improved his team-leading record to 5-1with his third-straight win and freshman closer Mark Roberts came on for the final 1.2 innings to pick up his second save of the season. Both teams stand at 5-3 in the Big 12 Conference following the game's outcome as Oklahoma improved to 9-15 and Baylor dropped to 17-7 overall.
Cherry was at his best during the game in pressure situations. Twice during the game, Cherry had baserunners at first and second with no outs and pitched out of both jams by getting outs on the following three batters. The Bears tagged Cherry for one run in the third frame on two base hits and a sacrifice fly and for one run in the seventh inning on a solo homer by Baylor third baseman Matt Williams. For the game, the junior worked 7.1 innings and scattered nine hits, allowed only two runs and struck out four.
With one out in the eighth inning and baserunners at first and second again, Roberts relieved Cherry and ended the inning on a strikeout, throw out at third base double play. Roberts began the bottom of the ninth inning by fanning the first two batters and forcing pinch hitter Steve Dorneman to groundout to junior shortstop Sergio Garcia (1-for-3) to end the game.
Oklahoma supplied Cherry with some offensive support by spotting him three runs in the fourth inning. Garcia led off the inning by getting on base after getting hit by a pitch and advanced to third base on a double by senior first baseman Greg Dobbs (2-for-4). A batter later, a fielder's choice and an error by Baylor first baseman Mike Huggins, on a ball put in play by senior catcher Sean Smith (0-for-4), scored both Garcia and Dobbs. Smith, who moved to third base on a base hit by senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey (2-for-4), scored the Sooners' third run on a groundout by freshman second baseman Matt Fisher (1-for-3).
The series concludes tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark.