Sooners Drop Series To Baylor, Remain In First Place For Now

The good news is that Oklahoma still sits atop the Big 12 baseball standings. The bad news is that most likely won't be the case next weekend. The Sooners dropped two games against Baylor, in Waco, this weekend which cut their lead in the standings to two games over Kansas State and one game over Baylor. The problem is, OU won't be involved in conference play next weekend (stepping out to play New Orleans) while the Wildcats visit Oklahoma State and Baylor hosts TCU. That means that one or both schools will pass the Sooners up next weekend.

Big 12

Pct

Streak

Overall

Pct

Oklahoma

8-4

.667

L1

28-8

.778

Kansas State

6-3

.667

W3

26-11

.703

Baylor

7-4

.636

W1

19-17

.528

Kansas

7-5

.583

W1

22-13

.629

Oklahoma State

5-6

.455

L1

24-10

.706

West Virginia

4-5

.444

L2

20-17

.541

TCU

5-7

.417

W1

16-20

.444

Texas

4-8

.333

L1

19-15

.559

Texas Tech

4-8

.333

L3

17-19

.472

Oklahoma scored nine runs through the first four innings to build a 9-4 lead over the Bears and appeared to be on their way to fourth consecutive series win over a conference opponent. However it wouldn't be in the cards are Baylor would mount a furious eight-run rally, capped by a grand slam home run, in the seventh and eighth innings.

A Sunday, "pitcher by committee" approach that has worked for Oklahoma through much of the season absolutely failed them in the series finale. Starter Adam Choplick didn't make it through the first inning, giving up four runs, before being replaced. Ralph Garza Jr. took the mound and got the Sooners out of the first, he then pitched solid through the next four innings but was replaced by Billy Waltrip in the sixth. Waltrip then gave up four runs in the seventh before yielding the mound to Jacob Evans.

Hanging on to a 10-8 lead in the bottom of the eighth, Evans loaded the bases before offering a 3-1 pitch to Baylor's Cal Towey that left the yard over the right field wall to complete the rally for the Bears.

Sunday's Big 12 Baseball Scores

Iowa

3

Kansas State

5

Iowa City, Iowa

TCU

3

Oklahoma State

2

Fort Worth, Texas

Kansas

4

Texas

3

Lawrence, Kan.

Liberty

1

West Virginia

2

Lynchburg, Va.

Baylor

12

Oklahoma

10

Waco, Texas

Texas Tech

5

Lubbock Christian

6

Lubbock, Texas

Not only did the series loss jeopardize Oklahoma's lead in the conference standings it also proved the point that, beyond Jonathan Gray and Dillon Overton, the pitching is still a work in progress. It could have just been a bad afternoon for Sooner hurlers or it could be an indication of something deeper. Choplick hasn't looked the same since an injury that scratched his start against Kansas and it may be time to look for a replacement until he's healthy enough to return to form. Something to keep and eye on is the mid-week double-header against Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday. The starting pitchers in those two games could give us an indication as to whether there will be any changes to the starting rotation next weekend.

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