WACO, Texas -Kyle Reynolds went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI as No. 15 Baylor defeated Oklahoma 6-2 Sunday in the Big 12 Conference series finale at Baylor Ballpark. With the win, Baylor (19-11, 6-3) claims a two-games-to-one series victory, its fifth in five home series against Oklahoma (17-11, 3-3) as Big 12 foes.
With the score tied 1-1 in the fourth, Baylor scored two runs on four hits and never trailed again. Mike Pankratz provided the go-ahead runs with a two-run single. The Bears added two more runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Zach Dillon and Reynolds.
Oklahoma pulled to within three at 5-2 with a run in the seventh on three consecutive singles, the last off the bat of Chuckie Caufield and scoring Freddy Rodriguez. However, Baylor quickly answered with a run in the bottom of the inning when a Zach Dillon squeeze bunt scored Michael Griffin from third.
The Sooners threatened one last time in the top of the ninth, putting runners at the corners with one out. Baylor closer Abe Woody quelled the rally, though, striking out Aaron Ivey and getting Caufield to ground out.
Baylor starter Cory VanAllen (5-2) notched his fourth victory in his last five starts with one no decision. The sophomore southpaw allowed two runs on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Ryan LaMotta allowed three hits with a strikeout over the next 1.2 innings before Woody closed the door for his sixth save of the season.
Oklahoma starter Will Savage (3-3) was touched for five runs on nine hits with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
Griffin was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, while Dillon also scored twice.
Baylor returns to action Tuesday, hosting Houston for a first pitch at Baylor Ballpark. Junior right-hander Andy Pape (1-0) gets his first start of the season on the mound for the Bears.
NOTES: Baylor leads the all-time series 27-23, including a 19-9 advantage in games played in Waco. The Bears are 16-12 against the Sooners since the inception of the Big 12 Conference in 1997, including an 11-4 advantage at Baylor Ballpark. Baylor is 17-17 against OU during head coach Steve Smith's tenure. ... The Bears are now 7-1 on Sunday and 8-1 in Championship Gold jerseys this season. ... Baylor improves to 16-4 when the starting pitcher goes at least 5.0 innings and 12-1 when scoring first. ... The Bears are 10-0 when leading after four innings, , 15-0 when leading after six and 16-0 when leading after the seventh inning or later. ... Baylor improves to 12-3 when hitting at least one home run, 10-2 when scoring at least six runs and 15-2 when out-hitting the opponent. ... Thanks to an eighth-inning single, Josh Ford has reached base in 25 consecutive games and in 29 of 30 games this season. ... Griffin's first-inning double was the 57th of his career, moving into sole possession of fifth place all-time at Baylor. ... LaMotta appeared in the 74th game of his career, moving into sole possession of eighth place in Baylor history. ... Woody recorded his 14th career save Sunday, passing Jason Jennings (1997-99) for sole possession of third place all-time at Baylor.