Baseball Drops Big 12 Championship Opener

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma baseball team fell to No. 16 Baylor 8-2 Wednesday evening in the opening round of the 2019 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. 

Catcher Brady Lindsly went 3-for-4 and drove in a run for the Sooners (33-22), which scored runs in the seventh and eighth innings. The Bears (34-15) scored in the first and fourth innings on two-run home runs, then added three runs in the sixth and one in the eighth. 

Oklahoma will play at 12:30 p.m. Thursday against either Oklahoma State or TCU in an elimination game at Bricktown Ballpark. 

“You have to tip your hat to Baylor. They came out and swung the bats really well,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “I thought Cade (Cavalli) was really good, one of his best outings. If you look at most of his starts this year, he’s had four, five, six walks along with six strikeouts. He had five strikeouts with two walks today. (Leaving two runners on in the fourth) was a big momentum swing for us and when you don’t take the momentum, good teams, quite frankly, do that to you.” 

Cade Cavalli (5-3) struck out five batters, walked just two and allowed six hits over 5.0 innings in the defeat. Paul Dickens (5-2) allowed a run on six hits with six strikeouts in 6.1 innings in the win. 

Second baseman Conor McKenna put the Sooners on the board in the seventh inning with a solo home run off the upper signage beyond the left field seating. It was his third home run of the season. Lindsly, who singled in the second and fourth innings, drilled an RBI double down the right field line in the eighth inning. His double drove in third baseman Brylie Ware, who led off the frame with a base hit up the middle. 

Baylor scored in the first inning on a two-run home run by catcher Shea Langeliers and in the fourth inning on a two-run homer by designated hitter Andy Thomas. A groundout and RBI singles by shortstop Nick Loftin and Thomas in the sixth made the score 7-0. A solo home run by left fielder Cole Haring in the seventh made it 8-1. 

OU threatened in the fourth inning with two runners in scoring position after a Lindsly single and a double off the left field wall by first baseman Tyler Hardman, but was unable to score. Right fielder Tanner Tredaway also went 3-for-4 with a walk, hitting singles in the third, fifth and ninth innings.