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Baseball takes wins from OU during three-game weekend

March 25, 2003

By Lacie Lowry

The University of Oklahoma's baseball team left Waco Sunday with three more losses on its record than it had coming into the weekend series with Baylor.

The No. 8 Bears sent the Sooners packing after claiming all three games, extending their record to 21-6 overall and 5-1 in Big 12 Conference action.

'I'm very pleased with the level of play this weekend,' head Coach Steve Smith said. 'Sunday's victory was most impressive because any team is tired after a weekend series, but the outcome of a Sunday game can set the pace for the week to come. It doesn't matter what happened on Friday or Saturday, it's Sunday that counts.'

Game one of the series saw Oklahoma put up the first score in the second inning. The Bears answered back threefold in the third when senior first baseman Ross Bennett blasted a three-run homer to right field. The 3-1 lead did not last long, however, after a two-RBI double and a sacrifice fly put the Sooners back on top. Down 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth, sophomore catcher Josh Ford pounded the second home run of the game - a run that tied up the game at 5-5.

The Sooners loaded the bases up in the eighth, and senior second baseman Mark Saccomanno came up with a huge double play that got the Bears safely out of the inning. A ninth inning game-winning single by sophomore Michael Griffin gave Baylor the 6-5 win.

Saturday's game was another nail biter as Oklahoma held the 2-1 lead into the seventh inning. With two outs, Saccomanno and sophomore Paul Witt both produced singles. After a wild pitch that advanced both runners, Sooner hurler Buddy Blair intentionally walked senior center fielder Chris Durbin to pitch to junior right fielder David Murphy.

Blair, however, could not find the strike zone on Murphy and walked in the tying run. After a fruitless pitching change, Ford singled up the middle, plating two runs to put the Bears up 4-2. Oklahoma scored one more run off junior Zane Carlson before he struck out pinch hitter Tyler Johnson for the final out of the game.

Game three on Sunday was in the bag early for the Bears. Baylor scored five runs on five hits in the first including a two-RBI double by Bennett and a two-out, two-RBI single for the 5-0 lead. A three-run homer by Bennett and two solo home runs by Griffin and Durbin extended the lead to 10-0. Oklahoma managed three runs against sophomore starter Sean Walker, but it was not enough as Baylor went on to win 10-3.

The Bears travel south to Houston to face Rice University for a 7 p.m. game today at Reckling Park.