|W - Newman (4-3)||7.0||6||2||2||4||3|
|L - Copping (2-2)||1.2||1||1||0||1||1|
|S - Michalec (17)||2.0||0||0||0||1||1|
|BU - Porter||3||0||2||1||0||0|
|OU - Neuse||4||0||2||1||0||0|
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma baseball team held a brief 2-0 lead in the third before Baylor came back for a 3-2 win at L. Dale Mitchell Park on Friday night in front of a crowd of 1,191. The loss was the seventh in a row for the Sooners who are now 25-22 overall and 5-11 in the Big 12. The Bears improved to 21-16 and 6-12.
“We’re fighting for our lives to get into the Big 12 tournament and stay there,” stated head coach Pete Hughes. “It’s a Friday night and we get a decent start from [Adam Choplick] and we end up just not executing and just beating ourselves and that’s where the frustration sets in.
“We have to win, figure it out and win the series. The only way to win the series is to win tomorrow. We can’t let Friday beat us twice. But right now it’s a tough one.”
Sophomore second baseman Kolbey Carpenter (Waco, Texas) drew a lead-off walk in the bottom of the third and was sacrificed into scoring position. Sophomore center fielder Craig Aikin (Coppell, Texas) brought him home with a groundball base hit up the middle for the first run of the night. Oklahoma added to its lead when freshman third baseman Sheldon Neuse (Fort Worth, Texas) lifted a triple to the gap in left-center to plate Aikin.
Baylor went to work in the fourth with a single, walk and sacrifice to put two men in scoring position with one out. Designated hitter Grayson Porter singled through the left side to cut the lead to one and third baseman Duncan Wendel tied the game with a sac-fly that scored right fielder Adam Toth.
Redshirt-sophomore lefty Adam Choplick (Denton, Texas) pitched six-strong innings for the Sooners. He gave up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out six.
Choplick gave up two hits in the sixth inning, but escaped the inning without giving up a run. The Bears made two outs on the bases as Oklahoma picked up a pair of outfield assists. A mishandled ball at second following a single to center sent shortstop Brett Doe for third where he was thrown out, 8-6-3-5. With two outs, Porter doubled to right-center and OU right fielder Taylor Alspaugh (Broken Arrow, Okla.) slid to keep the ball from reaching the wall. He hit the cut-off and Menard was thrown out at home trying to score from first, 9-4-2.
Sophomore right-hander Corey Copping (Temple City, Calif.) came on in relief for the seventh inning. He pitched a 1-2-3 frame with two strikeouts in the seventh. In the eighth, the Bears got the go-ahead run to third with two outs and the Sooners intentionally walked Toth to put runners on the corners. Catcher Matt Menard hit a one-hopper to short, which was fielded cleanly by senior Hector Lorenzana (San Diego, Calif.), but the throw to first was high and center fielder Logan Brown scored from third.
Right-hander Dillon Newman (4-3) earned the win in seven innings of work. He scattered six hits and four walks for two runs, while striking out three. Fellow righty Josh Michalec picked up his 17th save of the season in two clean innings.
For the game, Oklahoma outhit Baylor, 6-5.
Game two of the series is Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm. Sophomore left-hander Jacob Evans (Broken Arrow, Okla.) will get the start for the Sooners.