Feb. 11, 2005
HOUSTON - Tenth-ranked Baylor scored runs in each of the final three innings to break open a close game and then held off a late rally in taking an 8-6 win over the University of Houston baseball team in the season opener for both teams at the Minute Maid Park College Classic on Friday.
Baylor jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first four-and-a-half innings before the Cougars cut that lead to 5-4 in the fifth inning, thanks in part to a three-run home run from junior first baseman Matt Farrington.
However, the Bears added single runs in the each of the final three innings, thanks to two RBI-singles from Zach Dillon and a sacrifice fly by Kyle Reynolds to push their lead back to four runs.
That would be the end of the rally, though, as Baylor reliever Abe Woody forced a groundout and strikeout to end the threat.
Brad Lincoln collected the loss after allowing five runs off eight hits with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Ryan LaMotta limited the Cougars to only one hit in 3.1 shutout innings of relief with a pair of strikeouts to earn the win for Baylor.
Lincoln also was the Cougars' leading hitter at the plate, batting 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs. Farrington went 1-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs in the losing effort.
Baylor catcher Josh Ford batted 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI to pace the Bear offense, which rapped out 16 hits in the game. Dillon went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, while Michael Griffin and Mike Pankratz each added a pair of hits.
The Cougars continue their stay at the tournament as they meet No. 23 Oklahoma State at noon, Saturday. That game can be heard live on KLVL 1480 AM or over the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action.
The Bears struck for the game's first runs in the second inning when Dillon's one-out single to center field plated both Ford and Griffin.
Baylor added to its lead in the fourth inning when Pankratz led off the frame with a home run down the left field line.
The Bears pushed their lead to 5-0 in the fifth inning after RBI-singles from Reynolds and Ford.
The Cougars struck back in the bottom of the inning with four runs of their own, courtesy of a two-out rally. After being hit by a pitch, Kevin Roberts came all the way around to score on Lincoln's double off the left-field wall.
McGonigle followed with a walk, and Farrington cut the Baylor lead to 5-4 after blasting a 1-0 offering from Baylor starter Mark McCormick over the right field fence.