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Bears, Tolleson Blank Oklahoma State 3-0

RHP Shawn Tolleson's two-hit shutout was Baylor's first in Big 12 play since 2006.

RHP Shawn Tolleson's two-hit shutout was Baylor's first in Big 12 play since 2006.

March 15, 2008

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WACO, Texas -- Shawn Tolleson tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout, and Landis Ware provided all three RBI as No. 10 Baylor blanked No. 23 Oklahoma State 3-0 in Saturday night's Big 12 Conference series game at Baylor Ballpark. Baylor (12-4, 1-1) evens the series with the win, which was the 200th career conference victory for Bears' head coach Steve Smith.

 

Tolleson (2-0), who had lasted past the fifth inning only once in his three previous starts, surrendered singles in the second and third innings and did not allow another hit the remainder of the game. He retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced, allowing only a leadoff walk in the ninth.

 


 

 

It was Baylor's first complete-game shutout in a Big 12 game since Ryan LaMotta's gem against Oklahoma State in the first game of the teams' 2006 series at Baylor Ballpark.

 

Oklahoma State (11-4, 1-1) threatened three times, but all three times Tolleson and the Baylor defense got out of the jam. Tolleson struck out Luis Flores with runners on the corners to escape the second inning. He then used inning-ending double plays to avoid a bases-loaded quarry in the third and one-out, one-on jam in the fifth.

 

Tolleson finished with six strikeouts against two walks; he also hit three batters. He used 108 pitches on the night and used more than 16 pitches only once - a 21-pitch second. The game lasted only one hour, 59 minutes.

 

All Baylor's offense came from Landis Ware, who was 2-for-4 on the night. He delivered a two-out, two-run single in the second and a two-out, RBI double in the eighth.

 

OSU starter Tyler Lyons (2-2) took the loss in a complete-game effort. Lyons allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks, two of which were intentional, with 10 strikeouts.

 

Baylor and Oklahoma State conclude the series Sunday at 1 p.m. CDT. The Bears send right-hander Willie Kempf (2-0, 2.60 ERA) to the mound. The Cowboys counter with right-hander Tyler Blandford (2-0, 4.85 ERA).

 

NOTES:  Oklahoma State leads the all-time series 33-24, including a 12-11 advantage in games played in Waco. Baylor is 19-20 against Oklahoma State during head coach Steve Smith's tenure. ... Baylor improves to 9-1 in weekend games this season. ... Baylor improves to 19-19 all-time following a loss in a Big 12 series opener, including a 9-4 record following a Big 12 series opener at home. ... Dickerson (nine games) and Glime (four games) both extended hitting streaks. Dickerson ties Ben Booker and Shaver Hansen for the longest hitting streaks by a Bear this season. ... Raynor Campbell, who pinch hit in Friday night's series opener, started in center field. It was the first start of the season for Campbell, who underwent surgery on a torn thumb ligament two days before the season opener.

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