In Friday night’s contest, the Bears actually fell behind the Sooners by a run, 1-0, going into the bottom of the third inning. With two out, Ross Bennett stepped to the plate and promptly put the Bears in front with his second “three-run homer” of the year to give the Bears their first lead of the game, 3-1. It didn’t last, however, as in the top of the fourth, the Sooners put two walks and two doubles together to get three runs of their own to go back up, 4-3. They would pick up another run in the fifth to go up 5-3. Again, it was the bottom of the inning, and the Bears had two outs. David Murphy would single to right. Then Josh Ford would blast an opposite-field homer to tie the game at 5-all. The next inning, the sixth, would see the exit of starting Baylor pitcher, Stephen White. Steven had been battling all evening and just couldn’t seem to get command of his breaking ball. He was able to strike out six, but he walked five and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits. Three of the runs were earned. No runs were scored, and then it was the bottom of the 9th. The score was deadlocked. Paul Witt started off the ninth by flying out. Chris Durbin would then be hit by a pitch by Sooner reliever Jarod McAuliffe. David Murphy would suffer only his third strikeout of the season, but it was enough to have fans thinking “extra innings” as there were two out and a lone-runner at first base. After falling behind on the count 0-and-2, Josh Ford lined one off the pitcher’s glove that rolled up the middle of the field, and Durbin moved from first to third, giving fans new hope they might get this one done in regulation. It wouldn’t take long. Ross Bennett was intentionally walked putting Michael Griffin at the plate with the bases loaded and two out. Griffin got the game-winning hit with a single to right field, and the Bears took the win, 6-5.
Saturday’s contest was easier only in the sense the Bears didn’t have to bat in the final inning. It was alike in that the run differential was one and there were some two-out heroics again. Like the night before, it was again Oklahoma on top, this time leading 3-2 as the Bears came to bat in the bottom of the 7th inning. Again, the Bears would be down to their last out in the inning. Mark Saccomanno then singled up the middle. Paul Witt then singled to left. After a wild pitch advanced the runners to 3rd and 2nd, the Sooners decided to walk Chris Durbin and pitch to David Murphy. That plan back-fired when after working the count full, Murphy was able to draw a run-scoring walk to tie the game, 3-3. Sooner reliever Jarod McAuliffe was brought in again, this time to face Josh Ford, who promptly singled up the middle to score two, putting the Bears on top, 5-3. The eighth inning was scoreless. In the top of the 9th, the Sooners would get a run back when SS Eddie Cornejo, after walking, then advancing to 2nd on a Baylor error, scored when 3B Jay Yacconetti singled to left. The winning pitcher was Zane Carlson who came in to pitch the final 2 and 2/3 innings. He was one of the heroes of the game as he struck out 4, walked 1, and only allowed one run on one hit. The one-run scored in the ninth was one short as the Bears picked up their second one-run win in as many days, 5-4.
On Sunday, it was no contest as the Bears won handily. A season-best crowd of 3,522 fans watched the Bears destroy the Oklahoma Sooners 10-3. The Bears blasted the Sooners for 5 runs in the first inning and continued to pour it on, winning by 7, 10-3. It was the first sweep of the Sooners by the Bears in the history of the program. The Bears scored 4 more runs in the 4th inning and a solo homer by Chris Durbin in the 5th made it 10-0 for the Bears. Sean Walker (4-1) was the Bear’s starting pitcher and pitched 7 innings, the most in his career. He struck out 4 batters and walked 3, allowing just 3 runs, only 1 of them, earned. After walking the lead-off batter in the top of the 8th inning, he was replaced by two freshmen who each pitched scoreless innings. Ryan LaMotta faced three batters in the 8th and Andy Pape faced three more in the top of the 9th. That did it for the Sooners and sent them back over the Red River with a real spanking.
Ross Bennett was on fire today as he tied his career-high RBI total with 5, and scored twice, as one of four Baylor Bears to score multiple runs. Friday night winner, Michael Griffin went 3-for-4 on the day, scoring two runs, while Chris Durbin and David Murphy also scored two runs, each.
The Bears will travel to Houston Tuesday night for a game with the #1 ranked Rice Owls, 7:00 p.m. at Reckling Park. Next weekend the Bears will play a series against the Aggies. Game-one will be in Waco, with Saturday’s and Sunday’s games at College Station.