Feb. 20, 2010
WACO, Texas - Brooks Pinckard tied the game with a seventh-inning RBI single, scored the go-ahead run, and then went to the mound to preserve the win as Baylor held off Duke, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.
The Bears had to rally from two runs down after four innings to get the win. Craig Fritsch started on the mound for Baylor and allowed two runs - one of which was earned - in 5.0 innings, but did not factor in the decision.
Fritsch had a rough start to the game when Will Piwnica-Worms led off with a triple and put Duke ahead 1-0 when he scored on a Jake Lemmerman groundout. The Bears were set down in order in the bottom half of the inning, and Georgia added an unearned run in the second on a Mike Carroll RBI single.
It looked like those two runs might be enough as Duke starting pitcher Michael Ness was perfect through the first 4.2 innings before Jake Miller got the Baylor offense going with a double for his first collegiate hit.
Gregg Glime followed with a RBI double to cut the deficit to 2-1, and the Bears loaded the bases on a Landis Ware infield single and a Pinckard walk, but Ness bounced back to strike out Logan Vick on his last pitch of the game. Ness worked 5.0 innings and allowed one run on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts, but did not factor in the decision.
Fritsch settled down and worked scoreless third, fourth and fifth innings before turning the ball over to Trent Blank out of the bullpen.
Blank surrendered a leadoff single, and then retired eight straight batters before hitting a batter and issuing a walk with two outs in the seventh. That's when Pinckard moved from center field to the mound and needed just one pitch - a 93 mph fastball - to get out of the jam.
The Bears took the lead in the seventh when Glime delivered his second double of the game and came home on Pinckard's RBI single. Pinckard advanced to second base on the throw home and came around to score on Logan Vick's game-winning RBI single.
Pinckard needed just eight pitches to get three consecutive groundouts in the ninth to earn his first save of the season. Blank (1-0) picked up the win by allowing just one hit in 2.2 innings of shutout relief.
Ben Grisz (0-1) took the loss in relief for the Blue Devils. He allowed two runs on four hits in 3.0 innings.
Glime had the only multi-hit game for the Bears, going 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI and one run scored. Mike Carroll went 2-for-4 with one RBI for the Blue Devils.
Duke and No. 22 Georgia are schedule to play at 5 p.m. Saturday, and then face each other again at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Bears return to action in a rematch with Georgia in the final game of QTI Apparel's Opening Weekend Classic at 5 p.m. Sunday.