WACO, Texas -Trey Taylor, Ryan LaMotta and Abe Woody combined for 16 strikeouts as No. 8 Baylor edged No. 24 Oral Roberts 2-1 Saturday night at Baylor Ballpark. The series is tied through two games with the rubber game Sunday.
Baylor (4-2) posted its highest team strikeout total since recording 16 whiffs against Texas-San Antonio in the fourth game of the 2004 season. Taylor established a career high with 11 strikeouts, one better than his previous personal best. LaMotta struck out four of the seven batters he faced, and Woody recorded the final strikeout to end the eighth.
Oral Roberts (4-1) did not go quietly; the Golden Eagles put two runners on in the bottom of the ninth. With one out in the inning, Jon Tackett reached on a Paul Witt throwing error, and Ricky Rivera followed with a walk. However, Woody induced a fly out off the bat of Rene Recio and then got Brian Aguailar to ground out, ending the game and giving Woody his second save of the season.
Taylor (2-0) allowed just two hits and two walks in 6.0 innings. Tim Torres had ORU's first hit, a one-out bad-hop infield single in the fourth. The Golden Eagles' only other hit on the night was a Recio solo home run in the fifth. LaMotta pitched 1.2 innings and walked one.
The Bears added to their lead in the third when Brees led off with a single and later scored on a Ford single.
McIntyre (1-1) was touched for two runs on four hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Daniel Greenwalt pitched the final 3.1 innings without allowing a run and did not allow a hit until a Reynolds leadoff double in the eighth.
Reynolds led the Bears offensively, going 2-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt.
Baylor and Oral Roberts conclude their three-game series Sunday at Baylor Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for . The Bears send southpaw Cory VanAllen (1-0) to the mound opposite ORU right-hander Nick Jones (1-0).
Notes: The series is now tied 13-13 and 9-9 in games played in Waco. ... Baylor improves to 2-0 this season in one-run games. ... Taylor's previous career high for strikeouts in a game was 10 against Dallas Baptist as a freshman in 2002. ... Witt's error was his first in 157 chances over 34 games at his primary position (second base in 2004, shortstop in 2005). ... Taylor made his 36th career start, moving into a tie for ninth place on Baylor's all-time list. ... Woody recorded his 10th career save, just the fourth pitcher in Baylor history to reach that plateau.