#5 seed Baylor Baseball picked up a huge opening win of the Big 12 Tournament Wednesday morning against the #4 seed Oklahoma Sooners, by a score of 4-0. Nick Loftin scored the first run of the game in the first inning, thanks in large part to two errors by the Sooners and an RBI by Richard Cunningham. Cunningham then scored the second run of the game in the first inning off an RBI single from Shea Langeliers.
The game stayed at 2-0 until the top of the 8th inning. That long stretch of holding the Sooners scoreless was fueled by a stellar performance by the Big 12’s best pitcher, Cody Bradford. He put up 11 strikeouts, making him the first Baylor pitcher to put up three 10 strikeout games in a season since Shawn Tolleson in 2010:
B8: Cody Bradford departs with runner on 2B, 2 outs as RHP Drew Robertson takes over.— Baylor Baseball (@BaylorBaseball) May 23, 2018
Bradford with career-high 11 K’s is 1st Baylor pitcher with 3 10-K games in a season since Shawn Tolleson in 2010.
BU 3, OU 0#Elevate #SicOU #Big12BSB #SicEm⚾️ pic.twitter.com/57FDMDAMc1
Baylor didn’t rest on their 2-0 lead, however. The Bears scored their third run by stealing home off a wild pitch by the Sooners. And with two outs in the top of the 9th, Cole Haring hit a solo homerun off the left field foul pole to extend the lead to 4-0:
Baylor finished off the Sooners in the bottom of the 9th to win 4-0. The Bears advance in the winners’ bracket and the Sooners drop into the losers’ bracket. Baylor will be back at it again tomorrow at 4:00 PM, facing the winner of #1 seed Texas and #8 seed Kansas. Sic ‘em Baylor Baseball!
BEARS WIN!— Baylor Baseball (@BaylorBaseball) May 23, 2018
#5 Baylor (33-19) tops #4 Oklahoma (34-22) behind stellar start by Cody Bradford (7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, career-high 11 K). BU had its first shutout in Big 12 Championship since 2003.
BU faces winner of Kansas v Texas tomorrow at 4pm CT.#Elevate #SicEm⚾️ pic.twitter.com/pEkBwfIRSv