Baseball Falls at No. 17 Baylor, 7-3
WACO, Texas – The Oklahoma baseball team fell at No. 17 Baylor 7-3 Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark, as the Bears evened the Big 12 series at one game apiece.
The Sooners (25-11, 6-5 Big 12) scored three runs in the seventh inning, but a five-run first inning by Baylor (23-10, 7-3 Big 12) was the difference in the game.
Junior Nathan Wiles (5-2) pitched a season-long 7.1 innings in the start. Senior Ryan Madden retired the only two batters he faced in relief of Wiles. Baylor starter Paul Dickens (5-2) pitched 5.1 innings in the win and Kyle Hill got the final two outs with two Sooners aboard and earned the save.
“It was really good how (Wiles) came back and fought and really saved the bullpen on a weekend when you need that kind of help,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “It takes a bigger man to do what he did. Most guys just give up and that’s not in his DNA. From the fifth inning on we started getting guys on base, and we just have to be able to situational hit there and move the runners so we can try to get a couple of runs at a time. The inning where we scored three runs we had some really good at bats.”
Designated hitter Cade Cavalli started the seventh inning with an opposite field home run, his fourth homer of the season. Shortstop Brandon Zaragoza, who went 2-for-4 in the game, followed with a base hit and scored on a bases-loaded single by catcher Brady Lindsly. Center fielder Tanner Tredaway, who walked, scored on a fielder’s choice by third baseman Brylie Ware.
The first six Baylor runs came on home runs. In the first inning, third baseman Davis Wendzel hit a two-run home run and right fielder Cole Haring hit a three-run homer. In the sixth catcher Shea Langeliers hit a solo home run. Wendzel doubled in a run in the seventh to make it 7-0.
Zaragoza dropped a double in left field to lead off the fifth inning and Ware hit a one-out infield single in the sixth before Oklahoma broke through with three runs in the seventh inning. OU put two runners on the ninth on a double by Tredaway and a walk by Muniz, but a double play ended the game.
The Sooners and Bears play a rubber match at 3 p.m. Sunday. The game will be televised on ESPNU.