May 13, 2011
"I thought it may have been the best I have ever seen Logan Verrett throw," head coach Steve Smith said. "I thought he threw really well. I thought Josh Ludy called a great game and did a great job managing it. He just pitched outstanding."
Baylor (24-23, 9-13 Big 12) was held to two hits on the night, as Oklahoma State (33-16, 13-8 Big 12) starting pitcher Mike Strong matched Verrett with 8.0 shutout innings in the pitchers' duel. Neither pitcher factored in the decision.
Strong struck out 14 batters without issuing a walk, tying Verrett for the most strikeouts by a Big 12 pitcher this season. Verrett struck out 14 and walked one against Louisiana Tech on March 11.
Andrew Heaney (6-3) picked up the win with 2.0 innings of perfect relief, while Max Garner (2-3) took the loss after allowing one run on two hits with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings.
The Bears only had two runners reach second base in the game, including when Jake Miller reached second with no outs in the eighth, but Baylor failed to advance him to third on a sacrifice bunt attempt.
Verrett and Strong matched zeroes, with Verrett allowing only four baserunners through his first seven innings of work. Verrett never threw more than 17 pitches in an inning and Strong's highest pitch count came when he threw 21 pitches in his eighth and final inning.
Three of Baylor's four baserunners in the game reached base leading off an inning. Joey Hainsfurther singled in the third and was stranded at second after a sacrifice bunt, Max Muncy singled leading off the seventh but was left on first, and Miller reached when he struck out on a wild pitch leading off the eighth.
"They struck us out 16 times, I cannot remember the last time that has happened and I am sure that the last time it happened it wasn`t just on a lot of fastballs," Smith said. "It was disappointing to get that type of effort out of Logan Verrett and not be able to get him a run."
The only trouble Verrett faced through the first seven innings was after a leadoff walk and a one-out single in the third, but he got consecutive flyouts to work his way out of the jam. Oklahoma State threatened again in the eighth when a single and a walk put two runners on with one out, but Verrett got a groundout and a flyout to complete his outing.
Garner worked around a two-out single in a scoreless ninth, but a two-out walk to Devin Shines came back to bite him in the 10th when Phillips laced the 10th pitch of his at-bat into left-center field for the game-winning double.
The teams meet again at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in a game that will be televised live nationally on FSN. Sophomore lefty Josh Turley takes the mound for the Bears against OSU senior right-hander Brad Propst.