May 2, 2014
Norman, Okla.- Baylor baseball earned a 3-2 win over Oklahoma on Friday night at Mitchell Park to open its final regular season Big 12 road series. The Bears (21-26, 6-12 Big 12) used two solid mound efforts from starter Dillon Newman and closer Josh Michalec to top the Sooners (25-22, 5-11 Big 12).
After the Sooners opened up a 2-0 lead in the third on a one-out RBI single from Craig Aikin and two-out RBI triple from Sheldon Neuse, the Bears responded in their next at-bat. Brett Doe led off the fourth with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch, and after a walk by Adam Toth, both runners moved up on Matt Menard's sacrifice bunt. Grayson Porter drove in the first run on a single through the left side. Duncan Wendel followed with a sac fly to knot the game.
Both teams had chances in the sixth but came up empty. Baylor had a scoring chance on a double by Porter as Menard tried to score from first but was thrown out at home on a close call. Oklahoma loaded the bases with two outs but Newman induced a fly out from Kolbey Carpenter.
In the BU eighth, Logan Brown led off with an infield single, moved to second on Hayden Ross' sac bunt and advanced to third on Doe's ground out to second. Following an intentional walk to Toth and a pitching change to closer Ralph Garza, Menard hit a laser, one-hop grounder to shortstop but Hector Lorenzana's throw was high and first baseman Austin O'Brien's jumping swipe tag was a split-second late. The miscue was enough to let Brown score the go-ahead run.
The Bears then went to Michalec for the final six outs. All the senior did was walk one batter and strikeout one as he locked down his 17th save with ease. Newman (4-3) earned the win after allowing two runs on six hits and four walks with three strikeouts in a season-high-tying seven innings.
*Baylor trails the all-time series against Oklahoma 40-38, 34-28 under Steve Smith and 22-8 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Bears have won nine of the 17 all-time Big 12 regular season series but have won just one of the eight all-time Big 12 series in Norman. The lone series win at OU came on March 24-26, 2000, in a 2-1 decision. Prior to the game, the last time BU won a game in Norman was March 30, 2008, as the Bears ended a four-game losing streak in Norman. Last season, BU took two of three from No. 9-ranked OU on April 12-14, 2013, in Waco.
*Baylor is 8-11 this season in TV games with six wins and 11 of the 19 games being vs. ranked teams. Since 2011, BU is 25-23 in TV games. BU is 55-64 all-time in TV games.
*Baylor is 9-4 in one-run games this season.
*Grayson Porter has reached base in season-high-tying seven straight games and has a hit in each of his last six to tie a career-long hitting streak.
*Brett Doe has reached base in each of his last five games.
*Adam Toth has reached base in each of his last four games.
*Duncan Wendel has reached base in each of his last four games.
*Josh Michalec picked up his 17th save of the season and career as he is now 17-for-18 in save chances after converting his first 11 attempts. He entered the weekend ranked second in the NCAA in saves. He's closed out 17 of Baylor's 21 wins with 10 of the saves coming in multi-inning efforts. He extended his BU single-season saves record to 17 and took sole possession of fifth place on the Big 12 single season list, passing Oklahoma's Ryan Duke (2009). Michalec also moved into sole possession of sixth place on the BU career saves list, passing Brooks Pinckard (2009-11).
STAT OF THE GAME
8 - The amount innings Baylor's pitchers held Oklahoma scoreless.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"For Dillon [Newman], it was a very atypical outing. Dillon is one of the better strike-throwers in all of college baseball. He was off a bit and they handled his changeup pretty well. But he was able to grind it out. We are very thin in the bullpen and Dillon bailed us out. I can't say enough about how well he pitched without his best stuff."
- BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor and Oklahoma continue the series tomorrow at 2 p.m. CT and Sunday at 1 p.m. with both games televised on FOX Sports Southwest Plus. The scheduled pitching matchups are BU LHP Daniel Castano (5-2, 2.35 ERA) vs. OU LHP Jacob Evans (3-3, 4.75 ERA) on Saturday and BU RHP Drew Tolson (2-5, 4.78 ERA) vs. OU's starter that has yet to be announced.