OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Sooners fell short on Wednesday evening at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Tournament in Bricktown where the No. 2 seed Baylor Bears took the win 8-2.
The Sooners came in as the No. 7 seed, where the Bears came in as the reigning champions of the Big 12 Tournament and took an early lead the first inning they never looked back from.
Sophomore RHP Cade Cavalli took the mound for the Sooners to kick things off coming into tonight’s matchup with a 5-2 record and a 2.93 ERA.
Cavalli gave up two runs in B1 where Baylor’s Shea Langliers hit a bomb to send himself and another Bear home for a two-run home run. This would be Langliers’ 7th home run of the season.
Cavalli kept Baylor scoreless through two innings picking up a 1-2-3 innings in the third and retiring eight in a row. Baylor would retaliate in the bottom of the fourth to give Cavalli another two-run home run as junior Andy Thomas launches one over the wall in right field to send himself and a Baylor home extending Baylor’s lead to 4-0.
Baylor found success again as outfielder Cole Haring finds home after outrunning Sooner first baseman Tyler Hardman’s throw home, and Baylor extended to 5-0 in B6.
Baylor’s Nick Loftin kept the runs coming in B6 making it 6-0 Bears with a an RBI single extending his RBI streak to nine consecutive games.
The inning ended with Andy Thomas knocking in one more run for Baylor with a single sending a Bear on third home, and Baylor ended the 6th inning with a 7-0 lead.
Things looked up for the Sooners in the top of the 7th where Conor Mckenna launches a solo home run putting the Sooners on the board for the first time. The Bears make a pitching change bringing out LHP Ryan Leckich to replace starting pitcher Paul Dickens.
Baylor adds their final run of the night in B7 where Cole Haring hits a solo home run to right field now leading the Sooners 8-1.
Junior Brady Lindsly gave the Sooners their last run of the evening in T8 where he ripped a double down the 1st base line sending Brylie Ware home cutting Baylor’s lead to 8-2, but that would do it for the Sooners as they were held scoreless in the final inning giving Baylor the win.
The Sooners fall to the losers bracket and will fight for survival on Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. against the loser of the Oklahoma State vs. TCU game.
“We haven’t played very well from behind this year,” head coach of the Sooners Skip Johnson said postgame. “We just have to take it one pitch at a time.”