Big Inning Dooms Cowboys
Baylor used a seven-run sixth inning to knock off 19th-ranked Oklahoma State, 8-1, Saturday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 33-17 overall and 13-9 in Big 12 Conference play, while BU is now 25-23 and 10-13 in the league.
The game was a pitcher’s duel through the first five innings with both OSU’s Brad Propst and BU’s Josh Turley taking shutouts into the sixth.
But Propst got into trouble in the top of the sixth and before the Cowboys got out of the inning, the visitors had sent 10 batters to the plate and rallied for seven runs on five hits. Five of the Bears’ seven runs in the inning came with two outs.
Max Muncy got things going when he led off the frame with a walk, and back-to-back singles by Dan Evatt and Josh Ludy gave the Bears a 1-0 lead.
Another walk, this one to Logan Vick, loaded the bases before Propst recorded the first out of the inning on a strikeout of Landis Ware. The Cowboy right-hander got the second out on a sacrifice fly by Steve DalPorto that made the score 2-0, but that’s when BU really got going.
A two- double by Jake Miller made the score 4-0, and Chris Slater followed that with a double of his own to give Baylor a five-run advantage and end Propst’s day on the mound.
But the Bears weren’t done as Blake Barnes came out of the bullpen and surrendered a two-run home run to Brooks Pinckard before finally getting out of the inning.
Facing a big deficit, continued to struggle against Turley. The southpaw had a five-hit shutout through 7.2 innings before consecutive singles from Devin Shines, Dane Phillips and Zach Johnson resulted in the Cowboys’ only run of the game and ended Turley’s day on the mound.
Turley picked up the win to improve to 3-4 on the season, while Dillon Newman worked the final 1.1 innings to close out the Cowboys.
Propst fell to 7-4 with the loss as the senior allowed six runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings of work. He struck out five and walked three.
The Cowboys collected just eight hits in the contest, and Gabe Weidenaar, who was 2-for-4, was the lone player with more than one hit.
The two teams will square off in the rubber match of the series Sunday at 1 p.m. will be looking for its sixth Big 12 series win of the season.