STILLWATER, Okla. — Baylor fell to No. 21 Oklahoma State, 3-1, on Saturday night at O’Brate Stadium in Stillwater, Okla. The Bears (29-16, 9-11 Big 12) will look to avoid the sweep to the Cowboys (30-15-1, 12-11 Big 12) on Sunday.
Baylor struck first in the top of the third after true freshman Jacob Schoenvogel got on with a single to left field. In the next at-bat, sophomore Jack Pineda doubled off the wall in left center to score Schoenvogel and put the Bears up 1-0.
The Cowboys answered back in the bottom half of the frame after scoring two runs on a two-out error. OSU plated another in the frame to make in 3-1, with all the runs being unearned.
The Bears had a chance to cut into the lead in the fourth after a leadoff double from fifth-year senior Andy Thomas and a single to put runners on the corners with one out by second-year freshman Kyle Nevin. A strikeout and fielder’s choice ended the BU threat.
Fifth-year senior Hayden Kettler (4-3) kept the high-octane OSU offense in check after hurling 5.1 innings, while not giving up any earned runs and striking out six. Fifth-year senior Ryan Leckich and freshman Chandler Freeman closed things out on the mound with a combined 2.2 scoreless innings.
The Bears had a chance in the ninth after fourth-year junior Davion Downey roped a two-out two-strike double to left center. Following a pinch hit walk from freshman Beau Wimpee, a strikeout sealed the game at 3-1.
Oklahoma State starter Justin Campbell (6-1) threw eight innings in the win, while reliever Zach Cable (1) earned his first save of the season.
- OSU snapped Baylor’s Big 12 series win streak (at four).
- Only four of Baylor’s 11 runs given up in the series have been earned.
- Pineda finished the night 3-for-4 with BU’s only RBI.
- Kettler threw six strikeouts for the third time this season and has a 1.61 ERA over his last four starts.
- Converted position player, Chandler Freeman has now had three-straight scoreless appearances on the mound.
- Leckich is tied for the most appearances in the Big 12 with 22.
The two sides will play the series finale tomorrow at 1 p.m. at O’Brate Stadium.