April 3, 2007
WACO, Texas - Baylor scored nine runs over the final four innings on the way to a 12-6 win against the University of Houston baseball team Tuesday during a non-conference game at Baylor Ballpark.
The Bears took advantage of a hit and error to score two runs in the sixth inning and grab the lead for good and then broke the game open with four runs off three hits and another Cougar miscue one inning later to split the regular-season series against the Cougars. UH enjoyed a 4-2 win over the Bears on Feb. 9 during the first day of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
Baylor added three more run in the eighth inning during its final at bat for the final margin of victory.
UH reliever Chris Wright collected the loss and fell to 2-1 after allowing two runs (one earned) off a hit and two walks in 1.2 innings.
Baylor reliever Cliff Springston picked up the win and improved to 2-3 after limiting the Cougars to two runs (one earned) off a hit and two walks in three innings. Closer Nick Cassavechia racked up his team-leading fifth save after
Ben Booker went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, while Aaron Miller batted 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. Chase Gerdes batted 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, and Seth Hammock went 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs and a double to lead the Bears, who outhit the Cougars 15-8.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 15-13 overall and saw their four-game winning streak come to an end. Baylor improved to 17-14.
The Cougars return to action this weekend at Cougar Field when they play host this weekend to Conference USA rival UAB in a three-game series that features the early league leaders. The series begins with 7 p.m. games on both Friday and Saturday before wrapping up at 1 p.m., Sunday
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The Bears grabbed the lead in the first inning when Miller's two-run homer cleared the left-field wall.
Baylor pushed its lead to 3-0 in the second inning on Beamer Weems' two-out, RBI-single through the left side.
The Cougars put their first mark on the scoreboard in the third inning to tie the game. Lormand and Felix Fanaselle blasted back-to-back doubles for the game's first run. After Jimmy Cesario drew a walk, Dustin Kingsbury reached on a Baylor infield error that plated Fanaselle and put runners at second and third. Stirneman then grounded out to second base but not before Cesario raced in from third base with the tying run at 3-3.
The Cougars grabbed their first lead in the fifth inning without the benefit of a hit. Lormand was hit by a pitch to lead off and moved into scoring position following Fanaselle's sacrifice bunt. Cesario reached on another Bear infield error that allowed Lormand to score easily from second base for a 4-3 Cougar lead.
Baylor took advantage of a Cougar miscue in the sixth inning to regain the lead at 5-4. Hammock led off with a double to left field and scored when a throw to third base on Shaver Hansen's sacrifice bunt attempt went awry. After two groundouts and an intentional walk, Hansen scored on a wild pitch to give the Bears the lead for good.
The Bears took advantage of another Cougar error one inning later to score four more runs and take control of the game. Matt Sodolak drew a leadoff walk and pinch runner Paul Miles scored from second base on the Cougars' second throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Seth Hammock then lifted a sacrifice fly into right field to plate Chase Gerdes, and Ben Booker's RBI-bunt single scored Gregg Glime. Raynor Campbell then smashed a double into right center to hand the Bears a 9-4 lead.
The Cougars cut into the Baylor lead in the eighth inning with two runs. Stirneman led off with a single up the middle, moved to third following Bryan Tully's double down the left-field line and scored on Flores' groundout. Two batters later, Zak Presley lined an RBI-single into left field for a 9-6 Baylor lead.
Baylor pushed three more runs across in the eighth inning on RBI-singles from Glime and Hammock and Booker's RBI-groundout for the final runs of the night.