, Tex. – Oklahoma State managed just two runs over the final seven innings against Baylor Saturday as the Bears earned a come-from-behind 12-7 win at Baylor Ballpark.
led 5-2 after 2 ½ innings of play, but the Bears scored runs in each of the final six innings – including five-straight frames with two runs each – to pull away for the win.
The loss was the sixth in a row in Big 12 Conference play for the Cowboys as they fell to 8-18 in the league and 29-25 overall, while Baylor hit a season-high five home runs in improving to 30-21 overall and 11-13 in conference play.
wasted no time taking an early lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. After a leadoff single by Tom Belza and a sacrifice bunt, Luis Uribe crushed a two-run home run over the wall in right-centerfield. The blast was Uribe’s second homer of the series and ninth of the season.
The Bears cut their deficit in half in the bottom of the first with an unearned run. Brooks Pinckard reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on a throwing error by Belza. After stealing third, Pinckard scored on a passed ball by catcher Dane Phillips to make the score 2-1.
In the second, the Cowboys added to their lead with another two-run homer, this one off the bat of Josh Botts. The round tripper was the first of Botts’ career and gave the Pokes a 4-1 advantage.
was not done. After a single by Kevin David, Uribe delivered his third of the contest with a double off the wall in center field to put the Cowboys up by four. The hit also ended the day for BU starting pitcher Shawn Tolleson, who allowed five runs on seven hits in just 1.2 innings of work.
The Cowboys failed to score in their half of the third, but BU was able to get on the scoreboard twice in the bottom of the inning. Logan Vick led off the frame with his seventh homer of the season to make the score 5-2, and a sacrifice fly by Josh Ludy trimmed OSU’s lead to two.
That lead would not last through the fourth. With two outs in that inning, Mike Strong issued a walk to Chris Slater. The Cowboys brought Kevin Chambers out of the bullpen, but the first pitch he threw to Landis Ware was deposited over the wall in center field for a two-run homer that tied the game at 5-5.
Baylor took its first lead of the game in the fifth when Pinckard led off the frame with the Bears’ third homer of the day to put the home up 6-5. Three batters later another solo blast, this one by Gregg Glime, made it 7-5.
The Bears continued their string of two-run innings in the sixth and seventh to go up 11-5 and added their final run on Vick’s second homer of the day to lead off the bottom of the eighth.
ended its scoring drought with a pair of runs in the ninth on s by Uribe and Mark Ginther.
Willie Kempf earned the win on the mound with 5.1 scoreless innings in relief. He allowed just three hits and struck out eight to improve to 7-2 on the season.
Chambers suffered the loss for the Cowboys to fall to 4-3 as the freshman southpaw allowed five runs, four of them earned, on four hits in two innings of work.
The Cowboys outhit BU by a 12-11 margin with Uribe’s 3-for-5, 4- effort leading the way. Belza, David, Ginther and Phillips each collected two hits apiece.