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Towey's Walk-Off Homer Gives Baseball 2-1 Win vs. No. 8 Oklahoma

April 12, 2013


1

OKLAHOMA
(27-7, 7-3) Rank: 8
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 0
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 0

Final Stats |  Quotes

Highlights

Waco, Texas • Attendance: 3,443

2
BAYLOR
(18-16, 6-3) Rank: NR
STATS COMPARISON
Runs 1 2
AB 31 29
Hits 6 5
RBI 1 2
BB 0 2
SO 6 10
LOB 4 5

STAT LEADERS
Haley 2 H 2 DalPorto
None -- 2B -- None
None -- 3B -- None
None -- HR 1 Towey
Aikin 1 RBI 1 Two
Haley 1 R 1 Two
None -- SB 1 DalPorto

PITCHING
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
W - Bare (2-1) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1
L - Fisher (0-1) 0.0 1 1 1 0 0

POSTGAME NOTES
Notes: Baylor is 36-38 all-time against Oklahoma, 24-14 in Waco and 26-32 under Smith ... Baylor snapped a five-game losing streak in the series ... Baylor has won eight of the 15 series against Oklahoma ... Baylor has won seven of the last eight games, and has a four-game winning streak for the first time since June 2-9, 2012 when BU won five straight ... Baylor and Oklahoma are the only teams in the Big 12 that have yet to lose a league series ... Baylor is 5-6 against ranked opponents this season ... Baylor is 183-265-1 against teams ranked by Baseball America (Oklahoma is No. 9 currently), 3-2 this season ... Baylor is 84-138 all-time against Baseball America top 10 teams, is 5-1 in its last six and its last win before tonight came in the finale of a sweep of No. 2 Texas A&M on April 22, 2012 at Baylor Ballpark ... Baylor has defeated a Baseball America top 10 team in each of the last three seasons and has failed to do so in just five seasons since 1981, when Baseball America's rankings began ... Baylor is 41-46 all-time on TV, 3-0 this season and 8-16 in Fox Sports Network games ... Baylor is 12-5 in TV games since 2011 ... Baylor is 346-143 at home, 12-9 this season, has won four straight and seven of the last eight ... Baylor is 7-2 on current season-long 11-game home stand ... Baylor is 4-5 on Fridays, 9-10 in night games and 1-6 in series openers ... Baylor is 13-1 when leading after six, seven and eight innings ... Baylor has six last at-bat wins this season and four walk-off wins, including two on home runs (Grayson Porter on 3/29 vs. Kansas State and Cal Towey tonight) ... Cal Towey leads Baylor with five game-winning RBI this season ... Nathan Orf's career-high 15-game hitting streak came to an end, but he reached on a walk to extend his on-base streak to a season-high 16 games ... Crayton Bare moved into a tie for ninth on the Baylor all-time appearances list, tying teammate Max Garner with 58 ... Grayson Porter extended his career-high hitting streak to five games and on-base streak to eight ... Lawton Langford extended his on-base streak to a career-high 25 games ... Cal Towey extended his on-base streak to 12 games ... Grayson Porter has 18 RBI in his last 10 games ... Jake Miller extended his on-base streak to seven games ... Dillon Newman recorded his 100th career strikeout ... Newman threw over 100 (107) pitches for the first time in his career while throwing a career-high 8.1 innings ... Newman retired 12 of the first 13 hitters he faced for the second straight start.

WACO, Texas- A well-pitched game on both sides ended dramatically on Cal Towey's walk-off home run for a 2-1 Baylor win over No. 8 Oklahoma on Friday evening at Baylor Ballpark. The win moved the Bears (18-16, 6-3 Big 12) to two games over .500 for the first time this season and gave them their longest winning streak of the year at four.

The Sooners (27-7, 7-3 Big 12) had Baylor's number five times last season, ending the Bears' run in the Big 12 Championship after winning the regular season crown. In the first meeting in 2013, it was the Bears who came out on top for their first series opening win of the season and seventh overall win in the last eight games.

"Unbelievable game," said BU Head Coach Steve Smith. "It started with an unbelievably great day today weather-wise -- the ballpark has never looked this good -- and then we get two teams who get to compete on it in front of a great crowd. It was an extremely well played game with its share of drama."

Another phenomenal outing by Dillon Newman was washed away by a ninth-inning Oklahoma RBI single, but Towey wasted no time in the first at-bat of the bottom half. The senior crushed a 1-1 slider from OU lefty reliever Jake Fisher (0-1) high and a few feet over the right field fence to give Baylor its fourth walk-off win of the season. The knock marked Towey's second career game-winning homer (May 23, 2010 vs. Oklahoma State) and first walk-off hit.

Prior to the game being tied, Newman was given a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a Grayson Porter single that scored Lawton Langford after a one-out walk and Nathan Orf walk. The run was just the ninth given up all year by OU starter Jonathan Gray in 68.1 innings.

Up to the task to match one of the NCAA's best pitchers, Newman - the NCAA leader in strikeout-to-walk ratio - put himself in the spotlight as well by retiring 12 of the first 13 hitters he faced for the second straight start.

"[Newman] wasn't overmatching them but he changed his speeds well," said Smith. "Last year, he was a two-pitch guy. Today, he showed four pitches and got outs with all of them. His stuff was solid, and he held it all the way to through the ninth. He did exactly what a winner does. He did exactly what a legit competitor does on his next start out after he felt he didn't pitch well. He had to do it, there was no margin for error tonight."

Taking a no-decision as well, Gray threw eight innings while allowing the run on four hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts, and retired 16 in a row at one point. It was just the second time in nine starts that he took a no-decision to keep his record at 6-1 while his ERA stayed at 1.19.

"[Gray] is really good," Smith said. "I was trying to think of who I would compare him to, going back to the days of seeing [Roger] Clemens when I thought he was phenomenal. He held his stuff. He was at 97-99 MPH for 120 pitches with an 88 MPH slider. That is pretty special stuff right there. When the other guy's that good and you're able to win the game, that's pretty special."

Unfortunately for Newman, the one time he allowed a runner to second base led to a run. Hunter Haley led off the top of the ninth with a single and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Craig Aikin followed with an RBI single grounder that tipped off the glove of a diving Steve DalPorto at first base, ricocheting into right field just out of reach of second baseman Lawton Langford, who was also trying to make a play in the hole.

Newman gave up another single on a well-placed blooper immediately after the game-tying hit, which brought Crayton Bare to the mound for the Bears. All Bare did was pump six strikes, getting a groundout and swinging strikeout to keep the game tied for Towey's heroic blast.

Newman's final line in a career-high 8.1 innings pitched was one run given up on six hits with five strikeouts while throwing a career-high 107 pitches. Lowering his ERA to 2.83, he retired 25 of the 30 batters he faced. In support of Newman, Bare improved to 2-1 with the two-out win.

The teams continue the series tomorrow at 3:05 p.m. CT and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday. Saturday's pitching matchup features BU RHP Max Garner (2-3, 3.65 ERA) against OU LHP Dillon Overton (6-2, 2.35 ERA) while Sunday will be BU RHP Austin Stone (2-2, 3.33 ERA) versus OU's starter that has yet to be announced.

-BU-

 

 

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