May 4, 2014
Norman, Okla.- Baylor baseball won a 10-5 decision at Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon in the series rubber match at Mitchell Park. The Bears (22-27, 7-13 Big 12) earned their first series win over the Sooners (26-23, 6-12 Big 12) in Norman, Oklahoma, since 2000.
Grayson Porter started the Bears off with a huge two-out, three-run home run in the first inning. However, the Sooners answered with two runs apiece in the first and second frames.
Baylor then reclaimed the lead and created separation in the third and fourth innings. Matt Menard hit an RBI double off the center field wall with one out in the third, and after a wild pitch, Porter plated him on a sacrifice fly. In the fourth, Adam Toth had an RBI single and Porter struck again with a two-run double to give BU an 8-5 lead.
After the teams exchanged runs in the fourth and fifth, Toth drove in the game's last run on a single in the seventh.
On the mound, Drew Tolson recovered from a shaky beginning to retire nine of his last 11 hitters before giving up a leadoff single in the seventh and having Sean Spicer take over. In earning his first Big 12 win in his first Big 12 start, Tolson (3-5) gave up five runs on 10 hits and three walks with one strikeout in six innings.
Spicer did quality work in the seventh and eighth to hold the lead. But after two walks with one out in the ninth, Josh Michalec came in and locked down his 18th save and left the bases loaded.
*Prior to the game, the last road series and Big 12 road series win for Baylor came on May 17-19, 2012, at Texas.
*Baylor trails the all-time series against Oklahoma 41-39, 35-29 under Steve Smith and 23-9 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Bears have won 10 of the 18 all-time Big 12 regular season series but had won just one of the eight all-time Big 12 series in Norman prior to the weekend. The lone series win at OU came on March 24-26, 2000, in a 2-1 decision.
*Baylor is 9-12 this season in TV games with six wins and 11 of the 21 games being vs. ranked teams. Since 2011, BU is 26-24 in TV games. BU is 56-65 all-time in TV games.
*After missing last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Drew Tolson has been finding his groove on the mound as he gets more innings and starts. As a starting pitcher this season, Tolson is 3-2 with a 3.91 ERA in five starts as he's given up 15 runs (11 earned) on 29 hits and five walks with 15 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.
*Brett Doe has reached base in each of his last seven games and has a hit in each of his last four.
*Adam Toth has reached base in each of his last six games. He added onto his team-leading multi-hit-game total with his 15th of the season and second in a row. He had his second five-hit game of the season to tie a career high. He's 16-for-27 (.593) in his last six games.
*Logan Brown has a hit in each of his last four games to tie a season-high streak.
*Matt Menard has a hit in each of his last three games. His RBI double in the third inning upped his team-leading total to nine doubles.
*Grayson Porter's three-run homer in the first inning was the fourth of his season and ninth of his career. His six RBI set a new career high and are the most by a BU player since Josh Ludy had six vs. Kansas State on May 23, 2012. He added his eighth multi-hit game of the season and second of the series.
*Duncan Wendel had his 10th multi-hit game of the season - second most on the team.
*Josh Michalec picked up his 18th save of the season and career as he is now 18-for-19 in save chances after converting his first 11 attempts. He entered the weekend ranked second in the NCAA in saves. He's closed out 18 of Baylor's 22 wins with 10 of the saves coming in multi-inning efforts. He extended his BU single-season saves record to 18 and is one save shy of moving into a tie for second place on the Big 12 single season list. Michalec also moved into a tie for fourth place on the BU career saves list with Kyle Edens (1999-02) and Max Garner (2009-12).
TWEET OF THE GAME
"[Drew Tolson] and Matt [Menard] made some really good adjustments. Oklahoma did a really good job with two strikes all weekend and were on their way to doing it again early in the game. [Drew] started finishing differently, and to his credit, he got stronger. His best innings were his last two."
- BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor has a week off for finals before returning to play May 13 at 6:30 p.m. CT vs. UTSA.