Feb. 21, 2004
LONG BEACH, Calif. - No. 8 Long Beach State put together three seeing-eye singles in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally for a 2-1 victory over No. 11 Baylor in the back-end of a doubleheader here Saturday. The Dirtbags (7-2) completed the sweep of the doubleheader and the three game series with the win after topping the Bears 4-3 in the opener.
Baylor (3-4) led 1-0 heading to the bottom of the ninth thanks to a fourth-inning RBI double off the bat of Reid Brees that scored Mike Pankratz. Bears' reliever Zane Carlson got a fly ball to left to open the inning, but Brad Davis singled up the middle and pinch runner John Gardiner then stole second.
Mike Hofius followed with another single up the middle that scored Gardiner. Carlson then hit Troy Tulowitzki, and John Bowker then slapped a single through the right side to score pinch runner Steve Velazco.
The loss spoiled solid pitching for the Bears. Starter Sean Walker tossed 5.1 innings of five-hit shutout ball with three walks and two strikeouts before giving way to Carlson. Making his school-record tying 91st career appearance, Carlson was nearly untouchable until Davis' ninth-inning single. Carlson (0-1) surrendered two runs on three hits, all coming in the ninth, with three strikeouts.
Cesar Ramos started for LBSU and went 7.0 innings; he allowed one unearned run on four hits with six strikeouts. Brett Andrade (1-0) earned the victory in relief, tossing 2.0 perfect innings with four strikeouts.
In the opener, Baylor plated a run in the top of the first on a Jared Clements sacrifice fly, but Long Beach answered with a run in the bottom of the frame. The Bears quickly regained the lead with a run in the second and pushed the advantage to 3-1 in the fourth.
However, the Dirtbags tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with two runs on three hits and a sacrifice fly. Davis then put Long Beach State in the lead for good with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly.
Baylor starter Trey Taylor (1-1) was saddled with the loss; he allowed four runs on nine hits with no walks and two strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Jason Vargas (2-1) went 7.0 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts for the victory.
Kevin Sevigny, seeing his first playing time of the season, went 3-for-3 at the plate, the first three-hit game of his career.
Baylor returns to action Tuesday, hosting Texas State at Baylor Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST. This is the first of 14 home games in a 17-game stretch for the Bears.