Thanks to another great pitching performance from Dillon Overton and timely hitting in the seventh and ninth inning, the eighth-ranked University of Oklahoma baseball team defeated Baylor 3-1 Saturday afternoon in Waco, Texas.
On a beautiful day at Baylor Ballpark, OU (28-7, 8-3 Big 12) came from behind with two runs in the seventh inning and added an insurance run in the ninth to win game two of its series with BU (18-17, 6-4). The win sets up Sunday's series rubber match. Neither the Sooners nor Bears have lost a Big 12 Conference series this season.
Overton threw 8.0 innings and allowed just one run on six hits and had eight strikeouts. The left-hander improved to 7-2 on the season. The lone run came in the second inning. Baylor had several other chances to add to its lead, but Overton escaped every jam in which he found himself.
"I thought Dillon pitched great," OU head coach Sunny Golloway said. "He showed an awful lot of toughness hanging in there as it took our offense a while to get going. It was another hard-fought Big 12 contest, as we are accustomed to."
The Sooner offense plated two runs in the top of the seventh, with Hector Lorenzana figuring in both tallies. His one-out single to left drove in Oberste for OU's first run and he scored the go-ahead run on a fielding error by the BU shortstop.
The seventh inning began with a double down the right field line by Matt Oberste. Kolbey Carpenter's sacrifice bunt sent him to third before Lorenzana's RBI single. Anthony Hermelyn's single through the right side sent Lorenzana to third and the error allowed Garrett Carey to reach and score Lorenzana.
Overton allowed just one runner to reach in the bottom half of the seventh on an error and then allowed a leadoff double in the eighth. However, the Baylor runner could not advance past second, as Overton struck out the next two batters before getting the third out via an infield popup.
In the ninth, the Sooners got an insurance run in the form of a two-out RBI single up the middle from Craig Aikin that scored Carey. OU had runners on first and second with no outs and again with two outs before Oklahoma's third run scored. Carey reached base after being hit by a pitch.
OU's Jacob Evans came in to pitch the ninth. After allowing a leadoff single, he retired the next three batters to earn his seventh save of the season.
"We executed better at the end today than we did last night," Golloway said, referring to Friday's 2-1 loss. "We're really looking forward to getting to the park tomorrow with (starting pitcher) Adam Choplick and a fresh bullpen ready to go."
The Sooners and Bears will play the third and deciding game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on Fox College Sports Atlantic.