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Bears Edge SFA, Clinch Series

Feb. 17, 2007

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WACO, Texas -- Cliff Springston more than doubled his previous career high for strikeouts, and Seth Hammock recorded Baylor's first four-hit game of the season as the Bears defeated Stephen F. Austin 5-3 Saturday at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (3-3) have won 10 consecutive home games, the longest such streak since a 10-game run in April 2002.


Baylor built a 3-0 lead with a pair of unearned runs in the second and a single spot in the third. SFA (2-6) cut into that lead with a two-run fourth. Springston, who recorded five of his career-high seven strikeouts in the first three innings, did not allow a base-runner until the Lumberjacks put together four consecutive singles to open the fourth. The last two of those both plated runs.


However, that was as close as SFA would get. Aaron Miller pushed Baylor's lead to 4-2 with an RBI double in the fifth, and Tim Jackson had a sacrifice fly in the seventh. The Lumberjacks got an unearned run in the eighth, but Nick Cassavechia struck out three consecutive SFA batters after a leadoff single in the ninth for his first save of the season.


Springston (1-1) allowed two runs on six hits and no walks over 5.0 innings. His previous career high for strikeouts was three, which he eclipsed when he struck out the side in the second inning after recording one strikeout in the first. Jake Weghorst allowed one unearned run on one hit and a walk with one strikeout in 3.0 innings of relief work.


Miller finished 2-for-4 with two walks, a run and two RBI. Hammock was 4-for-5 and scored once.


Baylor had chances to break the game open but stranded 14 runners, including leaving the bases loaded in the fifth and sixth innings. It was the most runners the Bears had stranded in a nine-inning game since also leaving 14 on base in the first game of the 2005 Super Regional against Clemson.


SFA starter Jared Schrom (0-1) was touched for three runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 4.0 innings.


Baylor and SFA conclude their three-game series Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CST. The Bears send senior right-hander Jeff Mandel (0-1, 10.80 ERA) to the mound opposite Lumberjack southpaw Lance Luetge (2-0, 2.35 ERA).


NOTES:  Baylor leads the all-time series 23-0, including a 7-0 advantage during head coach Steve Smith's tenure. The Bears are 18-0 all-time against SFA in Waco. ... The Bears improve to 35-8 at Baylor Ballpark since the beginning of the 2005 postseason. ... Dickerson (five games), Weems (four), Miller (four) and Hammock (three) all extended hitting streaks, while Jackson saw his four-game streak end. ... Springston recorded four consecutive strikeouts over the second and third innings, becoming the first Baylor pitcher to accomplish the feat since May 9, 2006, when Randall Linebaugh did so against Texas State. ... Baylor improved to 28-7 since the start of the 2003 season when its pitchers record at least 10 strikeouts. ... The Bears improved to 157-7 since the start of the 2002 season when leading after eight innings. Baylor has won 17 straight, 51 of its last 52 and 86 of its last 88 such games.



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