April 30, 2003
WACO, Texas - Josh Ford's home run in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted No. 20 Baylor to a 5-4 win over the University of Houston baseball team on Wednesday at Baylor Ballpark.
Ford, who finished the game 3-for-5 with two home runs, two runs and three RBIs, led off the Bears' first extra-inning and blasted a 3-1 offering from UH reliever Rickey Putman to end the game.
The loss spoiled a valiant comeback by the Cougars (26-20) who rallied from a 4-0 deficit after five innings to tie the game in the top of the eighth inning. After pulling to within 4-1, Matt Farrington led off with a single through the right side of the infield and moved up a base on Hyung Cho's infield single. Following an infield groundout and a walk to Brian Martin that loaded the bases, Nick Bott laced an RBI-single into left field to score Farrington. Although Cho was thrown out at home trying to score from second, both Martin and Bott moved up a base on the throw.
Travis Tully then laced the first pitch he saw from Baylor reliever Abe Woody up the middle to score both runners and tied the game at 4-4.
After allowing four runs (three earned) off six hits in the game's first five innings, UH starter Garrett Mock settled down nicely. The Houston native allowed only one hit during his final four innings and tossed a UH season-high 139 pitches in the losing effort.
Putman dropped to 0-1 with the loss. Baylor reliever Abe Woody collected the win and improved to 6-0 after scattering two runs off two hits in three innings of work.
Tully went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and extended his hitting streak to eight games, while Cho tied his season-high with a nine-game hitting streak after his infield single in the eighth. Farrington came off the bench and batted 2-for-3 with a pair of runs for the Cougars.
Baylor (31-17) scored the game's first run in the second inning with a two-out rally. After reaching on a strikeout and wild pitch and moving into scoring position on catcher's interference, Trey Webb scored on Paul Witt's double down the left field line.
The Bears doubled their lead in the fourth inning when Zach Dillon's RBI-single through the right side of the infield plated Mark Saccomanno, who led off with a double off the top of the center field wall.
One inning later, Ford blasted a two-run homer to left field to push the Bears' advantage to 4-0.
The Cougars struck for their first run in the sixth inning. Farrington lifted a pinch-hit single into center field and moved to second on an infield groundout. From there, Thanos Papavasiliou placed another looping single into center to pull UH to within 4-1.
The Cougars return to action this weekend as they play host to Conference USA rival Louisville in a three-game series at Cougar Field. That series begins with 7 p.m. games on both Friday and Saturday and wraps up at noon, Sunday.
Fans can catch the action at KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com with pregame slated to begin about 15 minutes before the first pitch. Fans can also catch the action batter-by-batter by visiting www.UHcougars.com and clicking on the "Gametracker" link on the Daily Calendar at the bottom of the main page.