The University of Oklahoma baseball team had several big innings at the plate, but it was not enough in a 12-10 loss to Baylor Sunday afternoon in Waco, Texas.
After seven total runs were scored by both teams in the first two games of the series, the Sooners (28-8, 8-4 Big 12) and Bears (19-17, 7-4) combined to score nine runs in the first inning and a half Sunday. It was the offensive explosion both teams were looking for, but back-to-back four-run innings in the seventh and eighth for the Bears was the difference.
The Sooners opened the game with a two-run first inning, but Baylor responded right back with four runs in the bottom half of the frame to chase OU starter Adam Choplick after two outs. The Sooners wasted no time and answered with three runs in the top of the second to take a 5-4 lead. Oklahoma extended its lead to 9-4 with one run in the third and three runs in the fourth.
Ralph Garza Jr., who came in to pitch with two outs in the first inning, threw 4.1 innings in relief and allowed no runs. The freshman right-hander allowed just three hits, struck out three and walked one.
BU scored four runs in the seventh to cut OU's lead to just one at 9-8. After the Sooners scored one in the top of the eighth, a Cal Towey grand slam to right in the bottom of the frame gave Baylor a 12-10 advantage. It was BU's first lead since the first inning and capped an eight-run rally.
Left-hander Jacob Evans gave up the grand slam and suffered his first loss of the season. Baylor's Crayton Bare pitched the final two innings and gave up the lone eighth-inning run but earned the victory.
Hunter Haley provided the power in OU's three-run second with a two-run homer to right that scored Anthony Hermelyn. Haley had three hits, batted in two runs and scored one on the afternoon.
After one run in the third, the Sooners added to their total with three runs in the fourth. Back-to-back infield singles put two runners on for OU for Hector Lorenzana, who sent a two-out single up the middle that scored two. A Hermelyn doubled to right center scored Lorenzana for the third and final run of the inning.
Lorenzana had three RBIs and two hits in five at bats Sunday.
The Sooners return home for a doubleheader Tuesday against Arkansas-Little Rock. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT with the second contest starting at 6:30.