March 19, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - Five unearned runs were too much for Baylor to overcome, as the Bears dropped their Big 12 Conference opener against Oklahoma, 7-6, Friday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
After an hour-long delay, the second game of Friday's doubleheader was suspended until Sunday at 1 p.m, due to heavy rain. The Bears (11-7, 1-0 Big 12) lead Oklahoma (18-2, 1-0 Big 12) 5-0 in the bottom of the third inning in that game.
The loss in game one snapped Baylor's winning streak at seven games. The Bears had also won three consecutive Big 12 conference openers.
Baylor jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. Logan Vick drew a walk to start the game, and he came around to score on Raynor Campbell's two-out RBI double. Max Muncy followed with a RBI single off the top of the wall in left-center, putting the Bears on top 2-0 before starting pitcher Shawn Tolleson took the mound.
The Bears added on another run in the second on a two-out solo homer from Vick. With the homer, Vick extended his career-best-tying hitting streak to eight games. He has reached base safely at least two times in each of Baylor's last 13 games.
Oklahoma starting pitcher Zach Neal was pulled after allowing three runs on four hits in 2.0 innings.
Tolleson (1-2) worked a scoreless first inning, but a one-out error led to five unearned runs in the second. Danny Black knocked a two-run single, Chris Ellison hit a two-run homer, and Caleb Bushyhead followed with a solo blast, giving OU a 5-2 lead.
Oklahoma added two more runs in the third on consecutive doubles from Casey Johnson and Bryan Groth, extending its lead to 7-2.
Tolleson held the Sooners scoreless in the fourth and fifth, and then turned the ball over to Josh Turley out of the bullpen. Turley kept the game within reach, allowing just one hit in 2.2 shutout innings, but the Bears were unable to mount a rally against OU reliever Jeremy Erben.
Michael Rocha (3-0) earned the win after allowing three runs in 4.0 innings. Erben earned the save by holding the Bears to two hits over 3.0 innings of shutout relief.
Joey Hainsfurther doubled with two outs in the ninth, but Campbell lined to short to end the game with the potential tying run on second base.
Campbell led the Bears at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and one RBI. Muncy and Slater both went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI.
Snow is expected in the Norman area on Saturday, so the teams will take the day off before attempting to resume play in game two of the series at 1 p.m. Sunday. The series finale will be played after that game, weather permitting.