Feb. 20, 2011
WACO, Texas -Jake Miller's 10th-inning walk-off double scored Chris Slater, giving 16th-ranked Baylor baseball a 5-4 victory and a win in the series against Oral Roberts on Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.
"I love those kinds of at-bats from right-handed hitters that are willing to take what they're given a little bit," head coach Steve Smith said. "That guy on the mound is really good. I thought their pitcher today was really, really good, and I'm sure they liked their matchup. They'd gotten down to the bottom part of our order, and we hadn't scared him a ton. (Jake Miller) did a good job going the other way."
Baylor (2-1) came back to win the series after dropping the series opener on Friday night, and the Bears had to rally back from two runs down in the bottom of the seventh to take the series finale.
ORU took an early lead when Jared Schlehuber singled leading off the second inning and eventually came around to score on Brett Sowers' groundout. But that would be the only run allowed by Baylor starting pitcher Trent Blank in his 4.0 innings of work before he turned the ball over to Tyler Bremer.
The Bears tied the game in the third when Miller hit a leadoff double, moved to third on Steve DalPorto's flyout to deep center and scored on a failed pickoff attempt.
Bremer ran into trouble after a pair of one-out walks in the fifth. Brandon King scored on a passed ball and Chris Elder knocked a RBI double to give ORU a 3-1 advantage.
Max Muncy, Josh Ludy and Joey Hainsfurther loaded the bases with three straight singles leading off the sixth, but the Bears only got one run home in the inning when Slater's sharp grounder up the middle bounced off ORU starting pitcher Alex Gonzalez and right to shortstop Cam Schiller, who stepped on second base for a force out.
Slater's grounder brought home Muncy to cut the deficit in half, but Gonzalez worked his way out of the inning and ORU quickly built its lead back to two when King led off the top of the seventh with a solo homer, giving the Golden Eagles a 4-2 lead.
Gonzalez turned the ball over to his bullpen after allowing two runs - one of which was earned - on seven hits in 6.0 innings. Steve DalPorto led off the bottom of the seventh with a single off Tyler Sparks, chasing from him the game in favor of lefty Lars Liguori.
Liguori looked like he'd get out of the inning after striking out the first two batters he faced, but Muncy drew a two-out walk and ORU brought in Alec Smith to face the Ludy, a right-handed hitter.
Ludy hit a sharp single to right-center to drive in two runs as DalPorto scored and Muncy hustled all the way around from first base to tie the game at 4-4.
Freshman Trae Davis (2-0) came out of the Baylor bullpen to start the eighth inning and allowed just one hit in 3.0 innings of shutout relief, picking up his second win in as many days. Sean Johnson (0-1) took the loss for ORU after allowing one run on three hits in 2.1 innings out of the bullpen.
Ludy, Hainsfurther, Slater and Miller had two hits apiece for the Bears, while T.J. Bennett was the only ORU player with a multi-hit game in a 2-for-3 effort.
Baylor returns to action at 4 p.m. Tuesday when the Bears host No. 3 TCU at Baylor Ballpark. Neither team has announced a starting pitcher for the game.