Oklahoma make early mistakes Wednesday morning in the opener of the Big 12 Baseball Tournament. Those mistakes ended up proving to be costly as they paved the way for the Bears to score two unearned runs, digging a hole the Sooners couldn’t climb out of.
Baylor’s Nick Loftin led-off the game by reaching base to open the game on an OU fielding, then moved to second after an errant pickoff attempt.
Richard Cunningham delivered an RBI single to put the Bears on the board, then Shea Langeliers’ did the same to put Baylor in front 2-0 against OU ace Jake Irvin in the first inning.
“I thought we lost the momentum of the game in the first inning. We didn’t play defense and then we settled down and didn’t get timely hitting.” – Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson
A wild pitch put the Bears up 3-0 in the eighth and then Cole Haring capped off the Bears scoring with a solo home run, to left field, in the ninth.
Miscues on defense wasn’t the only struggle for Oklahoma. The Sooners couldn’t manage to get anything going against Baylor starter Cody Bradford either.
“One time we got the lead-off hitter on and then had a quality at-bat from Brylie Ware who hit a line drive double play that kind of stopped the momentum. You’ve got to give Baylor credit for what they did.” – Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson
Bradford held OU to just four hits, and struck out 11 batters, before leaving the game with two away in the eighth inning.
Oklahoma now faces elimination on Thursday morning against Texas. The Longhorns fell to Kansas, by a final of 3-2, in the second game of the morning session. First pitch Thursday morning is set for 9:00.