Gray Fans 12 in Sooners' Victory

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 23, 2013

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Baylor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
 Oklahoma 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 2 6 1
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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 W - Gray 9.0 3 0 0 0 12
 L - Newman 8.0 6 2 2 1 3
 Leaders AB R H RBI BB HR
 OU - Mayfield 3 0 1 1 0 0
 OU - Lorenzana 3 0 1 1 0 0
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Jonathan Gray allowed just three hits and struck out 12 in a complete-game shutout to lead Oklahoma to a 2-0 victory over Baylor to open the Big 12 Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The Sooners (37-19) scored one run in each the first and third innings and didn't have a hit after the fourth, but none of that mattered with Gray on the mound.

"I felt like the big difference was being mentally comfortable with everything," Gray said. "Not so much the games themselves or how I feel, it's just building confidence and keeping it throughout the game."

After the game was delayed 3 ½ hours due to rain, Gray (9-2) started out shaky, throwing six straight balls to begin his outing. But Gray recovered from a leadoff walk to punch out two in the first and cruise to the finish where he started the final inning with his 11th and 12th strikeouts to match his career high.

"(Anthony) Hermelyn came out to talk to me, and he told me that everything was fine and that we would find the zone and get better as the game goes on. I kind of worried about it early, but I threw to contact and my defense was behind me with great plays. Everything rolled from there."

Dillon Newman (3-4) was efficient on the mound for Baylor (27-26) and retired the final 12 Sooners in order, but was rocked early for six hits in the first four innings while the Bears stranded six baserunners, including four in scoring position.

Craig Aikin led off the home half with a single through the right side and Jack Mayfield doubled down the left field line on a hit-and-run to score the Sooners' first run.

Max White hit the first of three straight singles, followed by Matt Oberste and Hector Lorenzana, and scored in the third inning.

It was the first major sporting event in the Oklahoma City metro area since a tornado carved a 17-mile long path of destruction Monday afternoon. The Sooners wore blue shirts, the color of Oklahoma's state flag, with the word "HOME" printed on the front under their jerseys.

"Well again I thought about that before I came in," OU head coach Sunny Golloway said. "Now we are playing baseball, and the focus is on baseball, but our thoughts are still in the right place. It's kind of a haven for us to get to play baseball, but your mind never gets off what happened. Our shirts make a statement for themselves, and this is our home. Those (people) are our family, and those are our friends."

Oklahoma faces Texas Tech Saturday at 9 a.m. in Game 2 of pool play after the tournament was postponed one day and reformatted after the disaster nearby.




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