Baylor Baseball

After a game one loss, Baylor looks for bounce back victory in Stillwater

May 17, 2019
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STILLWATER, Okla. — After dropping game one of the series on Thursday 16-4, Baylor and Oklahoma State continue their three-game series with game two on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. CT.

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
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
Friday, May 17 • 6:35 p.m. CT • RHP Jimmy Winston (5-1, 3.72 ERA) vs. RHP Jensen Elliott (7-3, 3.84 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
• Entering the series 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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After a game one loss, Baylor looks for bounce back victory in Stillwater

ValpoCory
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"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. "

Not entirely true. If Baylor matches Tech in getting swept, Baylor will not clinch the title.
SIC EM 94
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Any update on the Bears, or the TCU/Tech Game?
Booray
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Bears up 4-2
Stefano DiMera
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Tech has 4 homers so far...5-1 in fifth
Baylor3216
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We winning?
Johnny Bear
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Bottom of the 4th and for the 3rd straight inning OSU has loaded the bases. Currently 2 outs.
Johnny Bear
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Game tied at 4. Time to go get Winston, Rod.
Oldbear83
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Johnny Bear said:

Game tied at 4. Time to go get Winston, Rod.
Hope he learned from yesterday. This is a must-win.
Oldbear83
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Baylor3216 said:

We winning?
Were.

Tied now.

Hope we win.
Oldbear83
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Come on Rodriguez, get Winston out of there!
Johnny Bear
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Bases loaded again on a walk. Winston at over 90 pitches and counting, Rod is really taking a big time risk staying with him.
SIC EM 94
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Game on TV?
Oldbear83
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Johnny Bear said:

Bases loaded again on a walk. Winston at over 90 pitches and counting, Rod is really taking a big time risk staying with him.
Really risky
Oldbear83
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SIC EM 94 said:

Game on TV?
Fox Sports Southwest
Oldbear83
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Out of the inning but the lead is gone.

Gotta find our bats!
Johnny Bear
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OSU leaves them loaded after tying the game (4-4) in the bottom of the 4th. TTech beating TCU 5-1 in the bottom of the 6th.
SIC EM 94
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Oldbear83 said:

SIC EM 94 said:

Game on TV?
Fox Sports Southwest

I've got the Rangers game being shown...what channel number? Directv?
Oldbear83
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SIC EM 94 said:

Oldbear83 said:

SIC EM 94 said:

Game on TV?
Fox Sports Southwest

I've got the Rangers game being shown...what channel number? Directv?
441 on Dish, I don;t have DirecTv
Stefano DiMera
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Tied 4-4
Johnny Bear
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Oldbear83 said:

SIC EM 94 said:

Oldbear83 said:

SIC EM 94 said:

Game on TV?
Fox Sports Southwest

I've got the Rangers game being shown...what channel number? Directv?
441 on Dish, I don;t have DirecTv
1754 on AT&T Uverse.
Johnny Bear
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Leckich on in the bottom of the 5th, so it's up to the bullpen for the rest of the way.
BUbackerinET
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5-4 bad guys now - bottom 5th
Oldbear83
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OSU's gonna get their runs, our bats and timing have to be there tonight.
CTbruin
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Try 676-1
Oldbear83
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ON to the 6th, let's go Bears!
BUbackerinET
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At least we're scoring tonight, so I expect us to stay in it. Gave up an oppo homer to a guy who had never hit one before - hope I'm wrong, I'm starting to feel snake-bit...
Oldbear83
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Absolutely crappy at-bats for the Bears, wasted the inning.

Johnny Bear
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In other news, UT will be sitting home for the Big 12 Tourney.
BUbackerinET
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Oldbear83 said:

ON to the 6th, let's go Bears!


Nothing there...we need to shut them down this inning - game on FCSP - 420 for Suddenlink customers
Oldbear83
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BUbackerinET said:

At least we're scoring tonight, so I expect us to stay in it. Gave up an oppo homer to a guy who had never hit one before - hope I'm wrong, I'm starting to feel snake-bit...
I don't like how we're swinging at bad pitches. The guys are smarter than that, but they keep biting at stuff out of the zone.
BUbackerinET
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First runner on for OSU bottom 6th
BUbackerinET
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One out
Oldbear83
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First runner on for OSU bottom 6th
yeah, I don't like that either, OSU is getting a lot of base runners.
BUbackerinET
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2 outs - that was a big one - leads B12 in homers
BUbackerinET
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Struck out the side
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