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Baylor opens series against OSU with Big 12 Championship on the line

May 16, 2019
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STORY LINES 
• The Bears embark on their final regular season weekend as they visit No. 13 Oklahoma State in a three-game series with implications for the Big 12 title beginning on Thursday, May 16. Game one of the series is set for Thursday at 6:35 p.m., game two on Friday is also at 6:35 p.m. and game three is on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. 
• The Bears lead the Big 12 by 0.5 games as we enter the final weekend of the regular season and the magic number to clinch the title is three games. The Bears need to either sweep at Oklahoma State, or match what Texas Tech does against TCU. 
• The Bears are looking for their fourth Big 12 title and first since 2012 (2012, 2005, 2000). The Bears also won Southwest Conference titles in 1923 and 1966. 
• The Bears have won 8-of-10 three game series on the year, including 5-of-6 in the Big 12.
• With three regular season games left, the Bears are one win away from tying the most regular season wins under head coach Steve Rodriguez (34 in 2017). 
• Baylor has finished its home schedule with a .500 record or better (24-6 in 2019) in all 20 seasons at Baylor Ballpark (since 1999) and is 456-204 all-time at the park.

HOW TO WATCH AND STREAM
Thursday's game will be televised live on Fox Sports Oklahoma, while Friday and Saturday will be televised on Fox Sports Plus. All three games will also be streamed on the Fox Sports Go app. 

PROJECTED PITCHING MATCHUP
Thursday, May 16 • 6:35 p.m. CT • LHP Paul Dickens (4-1, 3.25 ERA) vs. RHP Jensen Elliott (7-3, 3.84 ERA)
Friday, May 17 • 6:35 p.m. CT • RHP Jimmy Winston (5-1, 3.72 ERA) vs. LHP Parker Scott (2-1, 1.44 ERA)
Saturday, May 18 • 6:05 p.m. CT • RHP Jacob Ashkinos (2-3, 4.62 ERA) vs. RHP Brett Standlee (2-1, 4.50 ERA)

AGAINST OKLAHOMA STATE
• Under the direction of fourth-year head coach Steve Rodriguez, the Bears are 5-4 against the Cowboys. The Bears have won the last two series against the Cowboys, taking two-of-three against then-No. 20 OSU in 2018, taking game one, falling in game two before winning the rubber match. Then in 2017 in Stillwater, the Bears swept the Cowboys by scores of 9-3, 3-2 and 8-7. In Rod's first year at the helm, the Bears were swept at home. 

IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
• The Bears boast the fourth-highest batting average in the nation (.319), 18th with 2.24 doubles per game,14th in slugging percentage (.482) and 19th in on-base percentage (0.404). The Bears' fielding percentage of 0.979 ranks 15th nationally. On the mound the Bears rank 23rd in ERA (3.58) and 14th with just 7.54 hits allowed per nine innings. Also, the Bears' six shutouts on the year rank seventh nationally. 

INDIVIDUALS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS 
• Davis Wendzel ranks 32nd nationally with a batting average of .385 and his on-base percentage ranks 19th (.500). Andy Thomas ranks fifth nationally with 0.49 doubles per game, while his 19 doubles on the year rank19th. Nick Loftin is the 22nd-toughest guy nationally to strikeout, only doing so once every 13.3 at bats.

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Baylor opens series against OSU with Big 12 Championship on the line

3,799 Views | 55 Replies | Last: 4 mo ago by BUbackerinET
Oldbear83
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B12, 2 on 1 out for Tech
Johnny Bear
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And on to the 13th, still tied 1-1.
Johnny Bear
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Looks to me like the TTech pitcher is getting low strikes called by the ump on just about anything above the ankles.
Johnny Bear
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TTech after having the potential winning run thrown out at the plate now has them loaded with 1 out.
Oldbear83
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B13, 1 out bases loaded.

Not looking good.
Oldbear83
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Wow, TCU pitches out of the jam with 2 K's.

On to inning 14
Johnny Bear
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TCU reliever after being bad most of the inning strikes out 2 to get out of it. This game is refusing to end.
Oldbear83
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shoe on the other foot, top 14 1 out bases loaded with Frogs.
Oldbear83
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3-1 Frogs now
Johnny Bear
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Come on TCU - make it stand up this time!
Oldbear83
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B14, 1 out, men on 1st and 2nd, way too much drama in this game
Oldbear83
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wild pitch, tying run on 2nd now
Johnny Bear
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TTech with runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs.
Johnny Bear
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Finally ends with a K! TCU wins 3-1. What an insane game.
Oldbear83
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TCU does Baylor a solid, we are still in first place.
Johnny Bear
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Bears magic number is now "2" (although we do have to avoid being swept by OSU).
TerranceJ
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Never thought I'd be thanking TCU for anything, but they helped us tremendously last night after our poor showing against OSU. So, here it is.............Thank You TCU!
txrangers
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Team should feel very fortunate how things went last night. Get drubbed then not fall in the standings. Hope Rod and the boys feel like they get another do-over tonight. Hope Winston can get us off to a good start, unlike Dickens.
Oldbear83
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txrangers said:

Team should feel very fortunate how things went last night. Get drubbed then not fall in the standings. Hope Rod and the boys feel like they get another do-over tonight. Hope Winston can get us off to a good start, unlike Dickens.
Funny, get drubbed by OSU but RPI stays at 26. Tech loses in extra innings to TCU, loses 2 places in RPI.
BUbackerinET
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Booray said:

TCU may have had the worst baserunning night of the season. They look dumb and slow.

Their starter was money though


Wish ours had been
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