Feb. 18, 2003
WACO, Texas - Baylor's bats remained hot as the ninth-ranked Bears cruised to a 9-2 victory over Texas-Arlington Tuesday night here at Baylor Ballpark.
The Bears (5-3) pounded out 12 hits en route to winning their first home game of the year and fifth in six games. UTA (4-6), meanwhile, had only six hits and made three errors which helped the Baylor cause.
Baylor's scoring got underway in the second inning when designated hitter Zach Dillon roped a double to left field that scored first baseman Ross Bennett, giving Baylor the early 1-0 advantage. Bennett had reached on an error by UTA third baseman Ryan Roberts to lead off the inning.
The scoring continued for the Bears in the third when centerfielder Chris Durbin followed a leadoff walk to Paul Witt by smacking his second home run of the year over the left-center field wall, just to the right of the batters' eye in straightaway center. A towering solo home run to left by Michael Griffin, his third of the year, led off the fourth inning and extended the Baylor lead to 4-0.
Baylor freshman Mark McCormick threw a solid four innings in his first collegiate start. McCormick gave up no runs on two hits, while walking one and striking out three. Fellow freshman Ryan LaMotta (2-0) followed McCormick and picked up the win by throwing two near-perfect innings out of the bullpen. LaMotta gave up no runs on one hit while striking out three and walking one.
The Bears opened the floodgates in the seventh with three consecutive singles to open the frame. David Murphy's single to left plated Paul Witt, and Durbin scored his second run of the game when catcher Josh Ford reached base on a throwing error. Griffin followed that with an RBI single that scored Murphy and made it a 7-0 advantage for the home team.
Baylor sophomore Sean Walker relieved LaMotta in the seventh and gave up just one hit and no runs in two innings of work. UTA finally got on the board with two outs in the ninth inning when pinch-hitter Scott Williams' single to right off Russell Reichenbach scored the Mavericks' only runs.
The Bears will host their first weekend series of the season when they host seventh-ranked Southern California beginning Friday at 6 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark.
NOTES: David Murphy and Michael Griffin each extended their season-long hitting streaks to eight games... Murphy led the Bears with three hits, his team-leading sixth multi-hit game of the year... Baylor has now won four straight against the Mavericks, dating to 2001.