Through four innings of Saturday's loser's bracket matchup with Baylor it appeared the Sooners would live to play another day. But then came the fifth inning.
Leading 4-1 going into the bottom of the fifth the Sooners were in control, that was until the Bears scored 13 runs over the next three innings to claim a 14-4 win and eliminate Oklahoma from the Big 12 Tournament.
"We could have taken control of the ball game in the third inning. We had a 4-0 lead, runners at second and third with two third-call strikes," said OU Head Coach Larry Cochell. "A base hit there, at least another run, and we're in pretty good shape at the time. But then they got a base hit, and obviously, that's where the momentum of the game changed."
The Bears, who had had only mustered one run on Jarod McAuliff in the first four innings, knocked the OU starter out with six runs in the bottom of the fifth and then added five more in the sixth and two in the seventh to end the game early via the 10 run run-rule.
"Jarod [McAuliff] wasn't as sharp," said Cochell. "He hung too many curve balls today, and in a game like this you have to have some good pitches. We just didn't locate the ball today. You can't hang breaking balls against Baylor because they're too good of an offensive ball club."
The Sooners (37-22), who are a lock to for postseason play with their second place finish in Big 12 regular season play, will now wait until Monday to find out if they will host a regional in Oklahoma City or go on the road in the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament.
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