(May 3, 2014) Baylor baseball was out-slugged by Oklahoma in a 13-7 loss on Saturday afternoon at Mitchell Park. The Bears (21-27, 6-13 Big 12) led 6-3 until the Sooners (26-22, 6-11 Big 12) poured on eight runs in the fourth to take control.
Baylor started the game very nicely as Matt Menard roped a two-run double down the left field line. OU countered with a run in the bottom half, but the Bears bounced back with a two-out, two-run single by Brett Doe in the second.
After OU responded with two runs in the second, BU got them back in the fourth on a two-run home run by Adam Toth that put the Bears up 6-3.
Then came the big Sooners fourth, as they plated eight runs on eight hits, one walk and an error off BU starter Daniel Castano and reliever Nick Lewis. The inning started with a solo homer by Hector Lorenzana and featured two-run hits by Mac James and Austin O’Brien.
OU kept the runs coming in the fifth as Sheldon Neuse and Anthony Hermelyn both had solo homers.
Castano (5-3) took the loss after allowing more than three runs for the first time in a start all season. He gave up nine runs on 12 hits and one walk with one strikeout in 3.1 innings. Robert Tasin (4-4) earned the win in relief as he gave up two runs on four hits and one walk with two strikeouts in five innings.
*Baylor trails the all-time series against Oklahoma 41-38, 35-28 under Steve Smith and 23-8 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Bears have won nine of the 17 all-time Big 12 regular season series but have won just one of the eight all-time Big 12 series in Norman. The lone series win at OU came on March 24-26, 2000, in a 2-1 decision.
*Baylor is 8-12 this season in TV games with six wins and 11 of the 20 games being vs. ranked teams. Since 2011, BU is 25-24 in TV games. BU is 55-65 all-time in TV games.
*Prior to the game, Daniel Castano had yet to give up more than three runs in a start this season. In his first seven collegiate starts, he was 3-1 with a 1.34 ERA while allowing 12 runs (six earned) on 34 hits and eight walks with 21 strikeouts in 40.2 innings.
*Brett Doe has reached base in each of his last six games and has a hit in each of his last three. He added his fifth multi-hit game of the season and tied a career-high with two RBI for his first multi-RBI game of the season.
*Adam Toth has reached base in each of his last five games. His fourth-inning home run upped his career-high total to three this season and his career total to four. His first career homer came in 2012. He is now tied with Grayson Porter and Darryn Sheppard for the team lead in homers. He also added his team-leading 14th multi-hit game and moved into second with his fourth multi-RBI game.
*Joe Sabatini extended his first collegiate hitting streak to four games.
*Logan Brown has a hit in each of his last three games and added his seventh multi-hit game of the season.
*Aaron Dodson tallied his fifth multi-hit game of the season. Both hits were doubles to tie a career-high in doubles for the second time this season.
*Matt Menard had two RBI to tie a career high for the second time this season.
STAT OF THE GAME
8 – The amount of runs and hits Oklahoma had in the fourth inning.
TWEET OF THE GAME
@bubear33: @BaylorBaseball Toth goes yard! 6-3 BU! #shot
“We came out and swung the bats well early against their soft-tossing left-hander. I thought they competed with Daniel [Castano] really well. In that [fourth] inning, we were a pitch away with two or three guys from keeping that to a three- or four-run inning. Just weren’t able to finish guys with two strikes and it extended the inning.”
– BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor and Oklahoma finish the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the rubber match on FOX Sports Southwest Plus. The scheduled pitching matchup is BU RHP Drew Tolson (2-5, 4.78 ERA) vs. OU’s starter that has yet to be announced.