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Near No-No: Baseball Topples TCU, 7-1

Nathan Orf singled, walked twice, stole a base and scored two runs for the Bears.


Nathan Orf singled, walked twice, stole a base and scored two runs for the Bears.
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TCU
(1-2) Rank: #15
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Waco, Texas • Attendance: 2,765

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BAYLOR
(4-0) Rank: #25
STATS COMPARISON
Runs 1 7
AB 26 32
Hits 2 11
RBI 1 5
BB 6 7
SO 4 5
LOB 7 12

STAT LEADERS
Two Players 1 H 3 Langford
None -- 2B 1 Langford
None -- 3B -- None
None -- HR -- None
None -- RBI 2 Ludy
None -- SB 1 Orf/Towey

PITCHING
IP
H
R
ER
SO
W - Blank (2-0) 4.0 0 0 0 2
L - Finnegan (0-1) 2.0 3 2 1 1
S - Hainsfurther (1) 2.0 2 1 1 0

POSTGAME NOTES
Three Baylor pitchers combined to hold TCU hitless until a 2-out single on an 0-2 pitch in the top of the 8th inning ... Baylor held TCU's first 28 batters of the game hitless ... Steve DalPorto recorded his 18th career total sacrifice; he needs five more to crack Baylor's all-time top 10 ... Max Muncy extended his on-base streak to a career-high 22 games and his hitting streak to four games ... Josh Ludy extended his hitting streak to four games ... Ludy recorded his 3rd multi-RBI game of the season and 15th of his career ... Lawton Langford had his 2nd straight multi-hit game and the 3rd of his career ... Langford had his first career three-hit game ... Adam Toth recorded his first career bunt single ... Michael Howard drew a bases-loaded walk on a full count with one out in the eighth inning for the third time in four games this season ... Trent Blank improved to 2-0 on the season and 10-4 in his four-year career ... Joey Hainsfurther recorded his first save of the season and the second of his career ... The Baylor bullpen allowed its first run of the season after 18.0 straight scoreless innings to start the season ... Baylor is now 137-109 all-time against TCU, and the Bears snapped a three-game losing streak in the series.
Feb. 21, 2012

WACO, Texas - Three Baylor pitchers combined to hold No. 15 TCU hitless until a two-out single in the eighth inning, and the No. 25 Bears rolled to a 7-1 win to extend their season-opening winning streak to four games.

Baylor (4-0) starting pitcher Trent Blank worked 4.0 hitless innings and reliever Kolt Browder tossed 3.0 innings of hitless relief. TCU sent 28 batters to the plate before Josh Gonzales put the Horned Frogs first hit on the board on an 0-2 pitch from Joey Hainsfurther in the eighth inning.

Blank (2-0) earned his 10th career win in a pre-determined short start, and Hainsfurther notched his first save of the season by holding TCU to one run over the final 2.0 innings.

"Trent (Blank) got us off to a good start," head coach Steve Smith said. "He threw a lot of strikes in that first inning, they didn't barrel up on much of anything and he was getting a lot of routine plays. He struggled a little bit with some delivery things, but at the end of the day, they didn't score and didn't get any hits off of him, so you've got to give him credit for that."

Baylor got on the board quickly as Nathan Orf led off the first inning with an infield single and eventually scored on Logan Vick's sacrifice fly. The Bears added another run in the second when Jake Miller singled and scored on a passed ball, and Cal Towey made it 3-0 with a two-out RBI single in the fourth.

TCU put three runners on base with two walks and a hit batter in the second inning, but Blank induced a double-play grounder to keep the Horned Frogs off the board.

Baylor broke the game open in the bottom of the eighth with four runs on three hits against reliever Chris Murphy. Lawton Langford led off with a single for his career-high third hit of the night and Adam Toth followed with a bunt single. Toth scored on a passed ball and Josh Ludy drove in two runs with a single. Michael Howard capped the scoring when he drew a bases-loaded walk for the third time in four games.

"I like what we're doing at the plate," Smith said. "Our guys are doing a good job of staying within themselves and approaching each at-bat with a very focused mentality. They are going through a pretty good routine most of the time."

Hainsfurther issued a leadoff walk to Josh Elander in the ninth, and after a single and a wild pitch, Elander scored on Zac Jordan's sacrifice fly before Hainsfurther got the next two batters to end the game.

The Baylor bullpen hadn't allowed a run in 18.0 straight innings to start the season before the ninth-inning run.

Langford finished 3-for-3 with a run scored off the bench, while Ludy drove in two runs and Orf went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Baylor had at least one hit from all nine spots in the batting order.

TCU starter Brandon Finnegan (0-1) took the loss after allowing two runs in 2.0 innings.

Baylor returns to action Wednesday when it travels to The Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas, to play Texas State in the first-ever neutral site game in the series. Senior right-handed pitcher Tyler Bremer is expected to start on the mound for Baylor.


 

 

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