May 14, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. - Josh Turley allowed only one run in 7.2 innings, and Baylor's offense broke out for seven runs in the sixth on its way to an 8-1 win against No. 19 Oklahoma State on Saturday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Turley (3-4) fell one out shy of the longest outing of his career and held the Oklahoma State (33-17, 13-9 Big 12) to one run on seven hits and didn't issue a walk. Dillon Newman came out of the bullpen and stranded a pair of runners in the eighth before working a scoreless ninth to close out the Baylor (25-23, 10-13 Big 12) win.
"I told the team after the game that if yesterday was our best pitching effort we have had this year then tonight had to be second best," head coach Steve Smith said. "I think Josh Turley had great command and I think (Josh) Ludy behind the plate did another great job of keeping him in the strike zone."
Turley became one of only two Big 12 pitchers to beat Oklahoma State on its home field this season, as the Cowboys only other home Big 12 loss was a 15-inning game against Texas. OSU fell to 25-6 overall and 8-2 in conference play at Reynolds Stadium.
Through the first five innings, the game looked a lot like Friday night's 1-0, 10-inning affair, as Turley combined with OSU starter Brad Propst to keep both teams scoreless, but the Bears finally broke through in the sixth.
Max Muncy drew a leadoff walk, Dan Evatt singled and Josh Ludy drilled his third single of the night to plate Muncy and give the Bears a 1-0 lead. Steve DalPorto drove in a run with a one-out sacrifice fly, Jake Miller followed with a two-out, two-run double and Chris Slater added a RBI double to chase Propst from the game.
Brooks Pinckard hit the fourth pitch from reliever Blake Barnes just inside the right-field foul pole for a two-run homer to give the Bears a 7-0 lead.
Turley allowed only two hits and recorded 12 of his 15 outs on groundballs through the first five frames, but after sitting for 27 minutes during the Bears' seven-run outburst, he recorded only one groundball out in his final 2.2 innings of work.
Hunter Bailey led off the sixth with a double, but Turley got three consecutive flyouts to center field to escape the inning, and he worked around a two-out single in a scoreless seventh.
Turley got some help to record the second out in the eighth on a diving play from DalPorto, but the next three OSU batters all singled to end Turley's shutout bid and his day on the mound. Newman came on and needed just two pitches to retire Jared Womack and strand runners on the corners.
"This was as important of a win for us as we have had all year," Smith said. "We are rubbing right up against a .500 record. Being below .500 is one of those things you can't overcome."
Chris Slater added a solo homer in the eighth, and Newman struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth to close out the win.
Turley's highest pitch count came when he threw 18 pitches in the eighth inning. Prior to that, the southpaw had never needed more than 14 pitches to retire the side, including four frames of 10 or fewer pitches.
Ludy finished 3-for-5 with one run and one RBI, Miller went 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run and Slater went 2-for-5 with a double, home run, two RBI and two runs scored. Gabe Weidenaar had the only two-hit game for the Cowboys in a 2-for-4 effort.
Propst (7-4) took the loss after allowing six runs on eight hits with three walks in 5.2 innings of work. The win snapped Baylor's nine-game losing streak in televised games.
Baylor will look to become the first Big 12 team to win a series in Stillwater this season when the teams meet for the rubber match at 1 p.m. Sunday. Pinckard is scheduled to start on the mound for the Bears against Oklahoma State's Hunter Herrera.