WACO, Texas - Willie Kempf allowed just an unearned run in 6.0 innings, and the Baylor bullpen took care of the rest, as the Bears knocked off 22nd-ranked Georgia, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.
Kempf scattered six hits - one in each full inning of work - and walked four, but was able to limit the Georgia (2-2) offense to just one run. Only two Bulldogs made it past second base against the senior right-hander, and both advanced from first to third on failed pickoff attempts.
Baylor (3-1) fell behind 1-0 in the second inning when Zach Cone singled, advanced to third on an error and came home to score on a groundout.
The Bears have allowed the opposing team to score first in all four games this season, but with the help of a bullpen that hasn't allowed an earned run in 12.0 innings, Baylor won three of four games in QTI Apparel's Opening Weekend Classic.
Baylor had a chance to take an early lead when Logan Vick and Joey Hainsfurther led off the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles. Georgia second baseman Todd Hankins made an errant throw trying to prevent Hainsfurther from reaching on his bunt single, giving the Bears two runners in scoring position with no outs.
Georgia starting pitcher Chase Hawkins got a popout and back-to-back strikeouts to escape the inning unscathed. After falling behind 1-0 in the second inning, Kempf allowed seven baserunners over the next four innings, but he was able to keep the Bulldogs from adding to their lead.
Baylor was unable to score on six hits through the first four innings, but finally broke through with three straight singles in the fifth. Landis Ware's single through the left side was followed by Vick's second infield single of the game and Hainsfurther's game-tying RBI single.
Vick's single chased Hawkins from the game after 4.1 innings. Hawkins was charged with one run on eight hits, but did not factor in the decision.
The Bears took the lead for good by scoring three runs without the benefit of a hit in the sixth inning. Georgia reliever Blake Dieterich was pulled after hitting Raynor Campbell with a pitch and walking Gregg Glime. Cecil Tanner walked Chris Slater to load the bases, and Ware drove in the go-ahead run with a fielder's choice.
Ware's grounder was thrown away by Kyle Farmer, allowing Glime to score. The Bears made it 4-1 one batter later when Vick drove in a run on a fielder's choice grounder that was also misplayed for an error, this time by Hankins.
Kempf got the win to improve to 1-0 on the season, while Dieterich took the loss in relief for Georgia.
Turley got a strikeout and a pair of flyouts to keep the Bulldogs off the board, and Baylor added another insurance run in the seventh.
Muncy finished the game 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, while Vick and Hainsfurther both went 2-for-5 with one RBI and Ware went 2-for-4 with a run and one RBI.
Turley allowed a leadoff single in the eighth, but came right back and induced a groundball double play. Brett DeLoach then reached on a two-out error and came home to score on Cone's RBI single, cutting the Baylor lead to 5-2.
Brooks Pinckard came on to start the ninth, looking for his second save in as many days. He worked around a single and an error and struck out Peter Verdin to end the game and earn the save.
Turley allowed an unearned run on two hits in 2.0 innings of relief. He finished the weekend without allowing an earned run in 5.0 innings of work.
Baylor returns to action at Baylor Ballpark against No. 11 TCU at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.