March 16, 2008
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WACO, Texas -- Dustin Dickerson's three-run home run snapped a 4-4 tie in the fifth as No. 10 Baylor defeated No. 23 Oklahoma State 8-5 in Sunday's series finale at Baylor Ballpark. With the victory, Baylor (13-4, 2-1) won the Big 12 Conference series two games to one. In the 12-year history of the Big 12 Conference, the Bears have won their first series of the conference season 10 times, including nine of the last 10.
Aaron Miller and Adam Hornung had back-to-back one-out singles in the fifth to put runners on the corners. Dickerson then drilled a 3-1 Tyler Blandford offering over the wall in right-center for his first home run of the season.
Oklahoma State (11-5, 1-2) got a solo home run from Jordy Mercer in the top of the seventh, but the Bears answered in the bottom of the inning as Beamer Weems led off with a home run to right on the inning's first pitch. It was Weems' second round-tripper of the season and the first of his career from the left side of the plate at Baylor Ballpark.
Starter Willie Kempf (3-0) earned the win, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts over 6.0 innings. Craig Fritsch notched his second save of the season, allowing one run on two hits and no walks with two strikeouts over the final 3.0 innings.
Blandford (2-1) started and took the loss for OSU; he allowed seven runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 5.0 innings. Reliever Matt Peck was touched for a run on two hits and no walks with four strikeouts over 3.0 innings.
OSU second baseman Tyler Hambly got the scoring started with a solo homer to left-center in the third. That lead was short-lived, though, as Baylor's Shaver Hansen blasted a three-run shot down the left-field line in the bottom of the inning.
The Cowboys rallied for three runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batsmen in the fourth to grab a 4-3 lead. Baylor again answered in the bottom of the inning, scoring a run on Ben Booker's RBI groundout.
Hornung and Landis Ware collected two hits each for the Bears. Mercer had three of Oklahoma State's seven hits.
Baylor returns to action Tuesday, hosting Sam Houston State for a 6:30 p.m. CDT first pitch at Baylor Ballpark.
NOTES: Oklahoma State leads the all-time series 33-25; the series is tied 12-12 in games played in Waco. Baylor is 20-20 against Oklahoma State during head coach Steve Smith's tenure. ... Baylor improves to 10-1 in weekend games this season. ... Dickerson (10 games), Glime (five games) Hornung (three games) and Ware (three games) all extended hitting streaks. Dickerson's is a career long and the longest by a Bear this season.