April 6, 2007
WACO, Texas -- Kendal Volz allowed one unearned run on three hits with seven strikeouts over 7.0 innings to lead Baylor past No. 19 Oklahoma 5-2 in the nightcap of Friday's series concluding doubleheader at Baylor Ballpark.
Baylor moved to 6-0 in Big 12 Conference series against
Volz (4-1) established a career high for strikeouts in the longest outing of his career. He allowed only three base-runners through the first six innings, all coming from Sooner leadoff batter Aljay Davis, who had a bunt single in the first, a single to right-center in the third and was hit by a pitch in the sixth. No other Sooner reached base until Aaron Reza's leadoff single to shortstop in the seventh. Reza stole second and scored on a Baylor two-out error.
Chase Gerdes and Shaver Hansen provided Baylor's offense on the day. Hansen scored the game's first runs with a two-out, two-run single up the middle in the second inning. Gerdes provided what proved to be the game-deciding hit, a two-out, three-run triple down the right-field line in the sixth.
Hansen and Matt Czimskey both finished 2-for-4; Czimskey scored twice.
The Sooners used a three-run sixth to overcome a 2-1 deficit en route to a 5-4 victory in the first game. Mike Gosse had a pinch-hit, two-run double, and Jarod Freeman followed with an RBI double to take a 4-2 lead. Jackson Williams pushed
Williams' single proved to be the difference maker as the Bears rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth but could get no closer. Aaron Miller had an RBI groundout, and Tim Jackson followed with a two-out RBI single through the left side. However, Garrett Richards retired the side in order in the ninth for his eighth save of the season.
Baylor returns to action Tuesday, April 10, hosting TCU for a 6:30 p.m. CDT first pitch at Baylor Ballpark.
NOTES: Baylor leads the all-time series 30-26, including a 21-10 advantage in games played in