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Oklahoma State Baseball, Softball Walk Off against Baylor in 11 Innings

Both teams came back and walked off in the 11th.



[Devin Wilber/PFB]

Within about 30 minutes of each other, the Oklahoma State baseball and softball teams each walked off against Baylor on Friday night in the 11th inning of their respective games — a weird coincidence.

The Cowboys beat the Bears 11-9 thanks to a Marcus Brown walk-off home run just before the Cowgirls beat the Bears 6-5 with a Megan Bloodworth bases-loaded single.

It was Brown’s fourth home run of the season, going over the Baylor bullpen in right field.

The home run capped off a comeback that saw Oklahoma State down 7-0 entering the bottom of the third after the Cowboys gave up six runs in the top of the inning.

The Pokes started their fight back with a David Mendham three-run home run in the third, Mendham’s seventh round-tripper of the season.

OSU then put up a six spot of its own in the fourth. Brown had an RBI single before Roc Riggio tripled, scoring two runs. That set up a two-run home run for Nolan McLean, McLean’s seventh of the season. Redshirt freshman Carson Benge then singled to score true freshman Nolan Schubart to give OSU a 9-7 lead before Baylor scored two runs in the sixth to set up extras.

Along with hitting his homer, McLean also picked up the win on the mound, throwing four innings where he allowed no runs off two hits while striking out seven.

The Cowgirls had to make a similar comeback.

Trailing 5-0 after two innings, the Cowgirls got going in the third. OSU scored four in the frame, all of which were unearned because of two Baylor errors. It could’ve been worse for the Bears, as the Cowgirls left the bases loaded.

OSU tied it at 5 in the fourth inning when Chyenne Factor proved clutch with a two-out double that scored Tallen Edwards. Then it was a pitchers duel.

Freshman Kyra Aycock got the start for OSU before ace Kelly Maxwell came on in the fourth. Maxwell was nails. In seven innings (a whole game) against the ranked foe, Maxwell gave up no runs on only one hit while striking out 10.

The breakthrough finally came in the 11th, starting with a Micaela Wark leadoff walk. Alexx Waitman came on as a pinch runner and advanced to second with a sacrifice bunt. Morgyn Wynne then singled to center, moving Waitman to third before freshman Claire Timm walked to load the bases. A Taylor Tuck flyout to center wasn’t enough to bring the runner home, but Bloodworth’s clutch piece of hitting finally ended things.

It was a wild start to the spring with Oklahoma State’s winter sports coming to an end earlier this week. Game 2 of the Cowboys’ and Cowgirls’ series with Baylor are Saturday. The softball game starts at 2 p.m. in Cowgirl Stadium. The baseball game starts at 6 p.m. in O’Brate Stadium.

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