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Baylor Baseball Loses to Oklahoma State in 12 Innings

WACO, Texas – Baylor baseball lost a tough 6-2 decision in 12 innings to Oklahoma State in the series opener on Friday night at Baylor Ballpark.  The Bears (17-17, 4-6) fought back twice to tie the game but the Cowboys (20-13, 5-5) rallied for four runs in the 12th to win.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning, T.J. Raguse doubled with one out and scored on a throwing error at third base off a batted ball by Justin Arrington to tie the game for Baylor.

Then down 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth, back-to-back one-out walks by Steven McLean and Kameron Esthay got the Bears going.  Darryn Sheppard followed with an RBI single to knot the game again, 2-2.

BU had a good chance to win it in the ninth as Aaron Dodson led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Menard.  Then Arrington roped a sharp two-out single to left but Dodson was thrown out at home.

Neither team did much in extras until the Cowboys opened it up in the 12th as four hits and an error led to four runs on three straight doubles by Colin Simpson, Ryan Sluder and Corey Hassel.

BU reliever Joe Heineman (2-3) took the loss, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits with two strikeouts in three innings.  OSU reliever Tyler Buffett (5-1) earned the win with 1.1 perfect innings and one strikeout.

NOTES

*Baylor has won nine of its last 14 games.

*Baylor is 398-177 all-time at Baylor Ballpark and 13-11 under Steve Rodriguez.

*Baylor is 1-1 on its current five-game home stand.

*Baylor trails the all-time series vs. Oklahoma State 43-37 but leads 20-14 in Waco and has gone 10-5-4 in 19 all-time series vs. OSU in Big 12 play – the Bears are 0-1 in the series under Steve Rodriguez.

*Baylor is 0-2 in extra innings in 2016 and has played both those games in two of the last three games.

*Baylor has won three of its seven three-game series in 2016 and 24 of 51 since 2012.

*Steven McLean has a career-high 20-game on-base streak and career-high 14-game hitting streak (both streaks are the longest of any Baylor player this year) – he posted his ninth multi-hit game of the season.

*Matt Menard has a career-high 12-game on-base streak and career-high nine-game hitting streak.

*Kameron Esthay has a career-high-tying 10-game hitting streak.

*Aaron Dodson has a career-high five-game hitting streak.

*Darryn Sheppard has a four-game hitting streak as he notched his team-high 12th multi-hit game of the season.

*T.J. Raguse has a three-game hitting streak as he registered his fourth multi-hit game of the season.

*Josh Bissonette has a three-game on-base streak.

*Daniel Castano tossed a season-high eight innings, giving up just two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

*Joe Heineman tied a career high with three innings in relief.

STAT OF THE GAME

8 – The amount of innings each starting pitcher tossed in the game, both leaving the game having given up two runs.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“I think we took their best punch and they played a great game – hat’s off to them – but I think our guys are pretty confident after what they saw tonight. I don’t think that we are going to roll over by any means and our guys are going to come out and try to win the series tomorrow.” – Baylor Head Coach Steve Rodriguez

WHAT’S NEXT

Baylor resumes its five-game home stand and ends its series against Oklahoma State with two games Saturday, starting at 1:05 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Southwest – the series finale will start approximately 45 minutes after Saturday’s first game.  The remaining pitching matchups feature BU RHP Drew Tolson (4-1, 3.68 ERA) vs. OSU RHP Trey Cobb (3-5, 3.38 ERA) in Saturday’s first game and BU RHP Kyle Hill (1-1, 3.91 ERA) vs. OSU RHP Jensen Elliott (3-2, 3.40 ERA) in the finale.

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