March 23, 2014
WACO, Texas- On a long Sunday at Baylor Ballpark, No. 20 Oklahoma State prevailed over Baylor in a 4-1 decision that featured two significant rain delays. However, the Bears (13-10, 4-2 Big 12) still won the series vs. the Cowboys (16-8, 1-2 Big 12) for their 11th straight Big 12 home series victory.
The game started just like Baylor's last seven games - with a run in the first inning. Lawton Langford walked to begin the frame, and two outs later, scored on an RBI single by Matt Menard in a nine-pitch at-bat.
Then a lightning and rain delay went into effect for 3 hours and 26 minutes. Both teams brought out new pitchers to leave BU's Dillon Newman and OSU's Thomas Hatch with no-decisions. BU's Daniel Castano and OSU's Tyler Buffett took over, and Buffett was just a little more effective than Castano.
Buffett walked his first batter, Duncan Wendel, but then teamed with Garrett Williams to retire the last 24 BU batters in order. Each pitcher tossed four innings.
The Cowboys took control of the game on the scoreboard in the sixth. After Castano allowed a double and bunt single, Donnie Walton's squeeze bunt tied the game. Then after a steal of third, a wild pitch put OSU ahead, 2-1.
In the bottom of the sixth, a 56-minute rain delay occurred, but did nothing to help Baylor regroup. Meanwhile, OSU kept the pressure on as the Cowboys led off the ninth with two straight singles against Drew Tolson. Following a sac bunt and pitching change to Josh Michalec, Ryan Sluder and Gage Green delivered RBI singles to put the game away.
Buffett (2-0) earned the win in his four-inning, hitless, scoreless outing with four strikeouts. Williams gathered his first save in a perfect four frames with seven strikeouts. Castano (2-1) took the loss after allowing two runs on three hits with two strikeouts in four innings.
*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 is now 12-3 at Baylor Ballpark this season, which is its best start at home since 2009.
*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 No. 20 Oklahoma State. 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 is now 7-6 against ranked teams this season and 7-5 against top 25 teams. No other school in the Big 12 has played more than eight games against top 25 teams while Baylor has seven top 25 wins and has played 13 of its 23 games against ranked foes.
*Baylor moved to 37-39 in the all-time series against Oklahoma State and 20-13 in Waco. The Bears had 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 is now 6-2 this season in TV games as all eight games have come against ranked opponents. Since 2011, BU is 23-14 in TV games and 53-55 all-time as the game was televised on FOX Sports Plus.
*Baylor ended its season-long, seven-game home stand with a 5-2 mark.
*Baylor has scored at least one run in the first inning in each of its last eight games. Lawton Langford is 3-for-6 with two walks in those eight first inning plate appearances. Baylor is 5-3 during the streak.
*Lawton Langford has reached base in 10 straight games.
*Duncan Wendel extended his on-base streak to five games.
*Matt Menard reached base for the fourth straight game.
STAT OF THE GAME
24 - The amount Baylor batters retired in order to end the game.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"Getting two games out of a series is better than getting a bad start. It is what it is, now we go to West Virginia and Texas and then on after that. Better to be two games up than two games down." - BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor begins a four-game road trip with a 6:30 p.m. CT contest on Tuesday at UT Arlington before heading to Charleston, W. Va., next weekend for the Bears' first Big 12 road series of the season vs. West Virginia.