March 31, 2012
WACO, Texas – Oklahoma State’s late rally came up short Saturday against No. 18 Baylor as the Cowboys dropped a 3-2 contest to the Bears at Baylor Ballpark.
In their final at bat, the Cowboys put runners on first and second with one out, but Trey Whaley grounded into a game-ending double play as OSU dropped their fourth-straight Big 12 Conference game to fall to 1-4 in the league and 14-13 overall.
In holding off the Cowboys, Baylor won its 10th consecutive game as the Bears improved to 21-7 and maintained their perch atop the conference standings at 8-0.
Kyle Ottoson suffered another tough loss on the mound as the senior southpaw fell to 1-4 on the year despite allowing only two earned runs in seven innings. He also struck out six and allowed just six hits.
The Cowboys managed just five hits in the contest against BU hurlers Trent Blank, Dillon Newman and Tyler Bremer. Gabe Weidenaar led OSU with a 2-for-3 day at the plate and also drove in a run.
Baylor took an early lead on a solo home run by Dan Evatt with two outs in the second inning. The Bears made the score 2-0 with an unearned run in the third, as Nathan Orf scored from third when Jared Womack was called for catcher’s interference with the bases loaded.
The Bears added their final run in the sixth with another solo homer, this one by Cal Towey, to go up by a 3-0 count.
After being held to just one hit through the first six innings, OSU got on the scoreboard with a two-out rally in the seventh. Mark Ginther got things started with a single, and Weidenaar followed with a double down the left field line to make the score 3-1.
The Cowboys cut into their deficit again in the eighth. Following a leadoff walk to Victor Romero and a single by Zach Fish, OSU had runners on first and third with no outs. After a pop out, Jarrett Higgins delivered a sacrifice fly that pulled the Pokes to within one before a fly out ended the inning.
In the ninth, the Cowboys got a leadoff single from Robbie Rea, and Ginther followed with a sacrifice bunt. Up next, Weidenaar walked to put runners on first and second with just one out. But Tyler Bremer got Whaley to ground into a double play to secure the series win for Baylor.
The two teams return to action at 1:05 p.m. in Sunday’s series finale.