March 22, 2014
WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball starter Austin Stone was too much to handle for No. 20 Oklahoma State as the Bears (13-9, 4-1 Big 12) claimed the series with a 4-1 win over the Cowboys (15-8, 0-2 Big 12) on Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark. The junior tossed a three-hitter in his first career complete game.
The Bears followed a familiar formula and ended with the same score as yesterday's series-opening win. BU scored in the first inning for the seventh straight game and Stone put it away from there to give the Bears their fourth straight series win - third straight against a ranked team and second straight to start Big 12 play.
In the first, Lawton Langford led off with a walk and Brett Doe was hit by a pitch. An out later, Matt Menard hit what looked to be an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play, but OSU shortstop Donnie Walton bobbled the ball on the transfer to make the throw and had no play to load the bases. After Aaron Dodson grounded back to the pitcher for a force at home, Duncan Wendel took one for the team to force in a run. West Tunnell then delivered the crushing blow with a two-run single to left to put BU up 3-0.
OSU's lone run came in the fifth and was unearned as a Stone swinging strikeout wild pitch came around to score on a two-out error by Stone. Baylor got the run back in the bottom half on a Menard double play after Doe and Adam Toth singled to start the frame.
Improving to 3-1, Stone's final line was nine innings pitched with three hits, two walks, a season-high seven strikeouts and an unearned run. He also retired the last eight OSU batters.
OSU starter Mark Robinette (1-2) took the loss after allowing three unearned runs on two hits in 0.2 innings.
*Baylor moved to 12-2 at Baylor Ballpark this season and is off to its best start since going 12-2 in 2008. The program's best-ever home start to a season is 23-0-1 in 1998. The last time the Bears started 13-2 at home was 2002.
*The series win is Baylor's fourth straight series win and second straight Big 12 series win. BU won four series all of last season, and all four were Big 12 series. The last time Baylor won four straight series was March 30-April 22, 2012 (Oklahoma State, at Missouri, at Kansas State, vs. Texas A&M). The last time Baylor won two straight series in Big 12 play was April 5-14, 2013 (West Virginia, Oklahoma).
*Baylor has now won three of four series against ranked teams this season and three straight. BU has beaten No. 3 Cal State Fullerton, No. 23 Texas Tech and has a chance to sweep No. 20 Oklahoma State tomorrow with a win. The last time Baylor took three straight series from ranked opponents was Feb. 18-March 20, 2005 (Oral Roberts, at Vanderbilt, vs. Texas) - only other time in school history.
*Baylor improved to 7-5 against ranked teams this season and 7-4 against top 25 teams. No other school in the Big 12 has played more than seven games against top 25 teams while Baylor has seven top 25 wins and has played 12 of its 22 games against ranked foes.
*Baylor has won 11 straight Big 12 home series. The last series loss at home in league play for BU came April 21-23, 2011, against Missouri.
*Baylor moved to 37-38 in the all-time series against Oklahoma State and 20-12 in Waco. The Bears have won 10 straight games against OSU in Waco as the last Cowboys win came in a 6-5 decision on March 14, 2008. The last time OSU won a series in Waco was June 4-6, 1999 in the NCAA Waco Regional. The last time OSU topped BU in a series was March 31-April 1, 2007, in Stillwater.
*Baylor improved to 6-1 this season in TV games as all seven games have come against ranked opponents. Since 2011, BU is 23-13 in TV games and 53-54 all-time as the game was televised on FOX College Sports.
*Baylor is 5-1 on its current season-long, seven-game home stand.
*Baylor has scored at least one run in the first inning in each of its last seven games.
*Austin Stone turned in Baylor's first nine-inning start since Max Garner vs. Illinois on March 9, 2013. With his first career complete game Stone had a season-high seven strikeouts while allowing just three hits. In his last three starts, Stone is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (allowed three unearned runs), 10 hits given up and seven walks given up with 14 strikeouts in 20.2 innings. The two wins have come against No. 3 Cal State Fullerton and No. 20 Oklahoma State.
*Lawton Langford has reached base in nine straight games.
*Brett Doe extended his career-long hitting streak to five games. He went 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
*Duncan Wendel's RBI HBP in the first inning extended his on-base streak to four games.
*Adam Toth and Matt Menard each reached base for the third straight game. Toth now has a three-game hitting streak.
*West Tunnell has reached base in each of his last three games, tying a career long streak. Over his last three games he is 4-for-9 with six RBI, one double and walk. With his 1-for-3, two-RBI effort, he is now tied for the team lead with three multi-RBI games.
STAT OF THE GAME
5 - The amount runners Austin Stone allowed to safely reach base - none of which scored.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"I know [Austin Stone] was frustrated early on in the game when he got behind in some counts. He had a couple walks early in the game, and I thought he got off to a slow start. You never really know with him whether he feels great or feels awful, he's the same guy. A lot of times we like to see a little emotion, but if a guy has it inside of him then that's all that matters, and clearly he does." - BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor ends its season-long, seven-game home stand by facing Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. CT Sunday on FOX Sports Plus. BU will throw RHP Dillon Newman (2-1, 3.08 ERA) against OSU's starter that has yet to be announced.