WACO, Texas – Oklahoma State suffered its third-straight Big 12 Conference loss Friday night at Baylor Ballpark as 18th-ranked Baylor earned a 7-4 win.
With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 14-12 overall and 1-3 in conference play, while the Bears maintained their spot atop the league standings at 7-0 and improved to 20-7 overall with their ninth consecutive victory.
The game was tied at 4-4 in the eighth, but Baylor used a three-run rally in the bottom of the inning to secure the win.
Cal Towey led off the decisive inning with a single off OSU reliever Chase Stevens, and following a sacrifice bunt, the Bears took advantage of control issues from the Cowboy hurlers.
With one out and a runner on second, Stevens issued a walk, then hit Nathan Orf with a pitch to load the bases. Up next, Lawton Langford sent a blooper into shallow left field that a diving Gabe Weidenaar got a glove on but couldn't hang onto, and the single allowed the go-ahead run to score.
With the bases still loaded, OSU went to the bullpen, but the next two Cowboys, Kyle Bagnell and Randy McCurry, issued back-to-back walks on eight-straight pitches to bring in two more runs and make the score 7-4.
Down to its last chance, OSU put a runner on second with two outs in the ninth, but Brad Kuntz struck out the side to seal the win for the Bears.
BU took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Max Muncy and Josh Ludy collected back-to-back two-out doubles off OSU starter Andrew Heaney.
But the Cowboys used a three-run fourth inning to erase the deficit, getting an RBI double from Zach Fish and an RBI single from Hunter Bailey to go up 3-1.
OSU added its fourth run in the next inning when Trey Whaley followed a two-out double by Mark Ginther with a double of his own to give the Cowboys a 4-1 advantage.
That lead would only last until the sixth when Baylor tied the score. Ludy and Logan Vick opened the inning with singles, and Dan Evatt brought both runners home with a double. Two batters later, Jake Miller singled off OSU reliever Blake Barnes to make the score 4-4.
Rea, Ginther and Bailey each collected two hits to lead the OSU offense, while Stevens suffered the loss on the mound to fall to 3-3 after allowing three runs on two hits in 1.1 innings.
Heaney, who entered the game with a 5-1 record and had tossed three consecutive complete games, lasted 5.1 innings and allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out four.
The two teams return to action Saturday at 3:05 p.m.
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