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Baylor Baseball Wins 6-1 at Oklahoma to Even Series

NORMAN, Okla. – Baylor baseball earned a 6-1 win at Oklahoma on Saturday evening at Mitchell Park to even the series.  The Bears (16-15, 4-4) used timely hitting and a fantastic start from Drew Tolson to top the Sooners (16-15-1, 3-5).

Aaron Dodson launched a solo home run to lead off the second inning to give the Bears an advantage they would never relinquish as they kept adding onto the lead.

Baylor tacked on two more runs in the third.  Richard Cunningham and Steven McLean both singled with one out and Kameron Esthay followed with a third straight single to plate Cunningham.  Darryn Sheppard capped the scoring in the frame with a fourth straight single to score McLean for a 3-0 lead.

OU’s lone run came in the fourth, but the Bears had answers in the seventh and ninth.  In the seventh, Justin Arrington led off with a single, and after a two-out error put Esthay aboard, Sheppard delivered an RBI single.

In the ninth after a Cunningham leadoff single, McLean launched a towering two-run homer to put the game out of reach after Troy Montemayor came on to get the final out of the eighth, leaving the bases loaded.

Tolson (4-1) earned the win, giving up a run on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 7.2 innings.  Montemayor gathered his seventh save, walking two with no hits in 1.1 innings.  OU starter Ryan Madden (1-2) took the loss, allowing three runs on six hits with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

NOTES

*Baylor has won eight of its last 11 games.

*Baylor trails the all-time series vs. Oklahoma 43-42 and 24-10 in Norman – the Bears are 1-1 in the series under Steve Rodriguez.

*Baylor has won 11 of the 19 Big 12 series vs. Oklahoma, including the last three.

*Baylor has won three of its six three-game series in 2016 and 24 of 50 since 2012.

*Baylor is 4-5 on the road in 2016.

*Baylor hit multiple home runs (2) for the third time this season (Feb. 27 vs. Stony Brook and March 26 at Dallas Baptist – both three-homer games).

*Steven McLean has a career-high 17-game on-base streak and career-high 11-game hitting streak (both streaks are the longest of any Baylor player this year) – he hit his first career home run as he posted his ninth multi-hit game and third multi-RBI game of the season.

*Richard Cunningham has a career-high 15-game on-base streak and career-high-tying four-game hitting streak as notched his eighth multi-hit game of the season.

*Matt Menard has a career-high nine-game on-base streak and career-high six-game hitting streak.

*Kameron Esthay has a seven-game hitting streak as he garnered his 10th multi-hit game of the season.

*Aaron Dodson hit his team-high-tying third home run of the season and ninth of his career as he posted his eighth multi-hit game of the season.

*Justin Arrington has a career-high eight-game hitting streak as he registered his seventh multi-hit game of the season.

*Josh Bissonette’s career-high 14-game on-base streak ended.

*Darryn Sheppard had his team-high 11th multi-hit and ninth multi-RBI game of the season.

*Drew Tolson tied a season-high with 7.2 innings pitched and tied a career high with his fourth win of the season (had four wins in 2014).

*Troy Montemayor earned his seventh save of the season and of his career in as many attempts, and grabbed his first multi-inning save.

STAT OF THE GAME

6 – The amount of Baylor player with two-hit games (Steven McLean, Kameron Esthay, Darryn Sheppard, Aaron Dodson, Justin Arrington and Richard Cunningham).

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“I was proud of the way we responded today and now we need to do it again tomorrow.  Drew Tolson does a great job on the mound and was very good again tonight – he’s a competitor, he’s a baseball player.  It’s a huge compliment to him.” – Baylor Head Coach Steve Rodriguez

WHAT’S NEXT

Baylor finishes its road series vs. Oklahoma with a 1 p.m. CT rubber match Sunday on FOX College Sports Central.  The pitching matchup features BU RHP Kyle Hill (1-1, 3.60 ERA) vs. OU RHP Jake Elliott (0-0, 4.88 ERA).

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