Feb. 22, 2009
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WACO, Texas -- Lucas Hileman slapped a bases-loaded walk-off single through a drawn-in infield with no outs in the bottom of the 10th as No. 8 Baylor defeated Pacific 5-4 in Sunday's series finale at Baylor Ballpark. With the win, the Bears take the series two games to one.
It marked the second time in three days that a Baylor (2-1) freshman delivered a bases-loaded, walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. Redshirt freshman Dan Evatt accomplished the feat in Friday night's season opener. This time, it was the true-freshman Hileman who played the role of hero.
After pinch running in the eighth, Hileman remained in the game in center field. The game-winning hit came in his first career at bat and came against a five-man infield as Pacific (1-2) placed center fielder Brett Christopher just in front of the second-base bag. Still, Hileman found a hole on the right-side of the infield, lining a 1-0 Andrew Mintun offering past a diving second baseman J.B. Brown.
That made a winner of Brooks Pinckard (1-0), who allowed one run on two hits and a walk over 2.0 innings. Mintun (0-1) took the loss, allowing one run on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts over 2.0 innings.
Baylor led 4-1 entering the ninth, but Pacific tied the game with four consecutive hits and a sacrifice fly. The Tigers collected three hits in the game's first three innings but did not get another hit until the four straight safeties in the ninth. Kurt Wideman had the fourth hit, a two-run double just past a diving Aaron Miller down the line in right. Jamie Niley followed with a game-tying sacrifice fly.
Miller got things started in the bottom of the 10th with a double down the left-field line. Adam Hornung followed with a single through the left side that pushed Miller to third. Pacific then intentionally walked Gregg Glime to load the bases and bring Hileman to the plate.
Neither starter factored in the decision. Baylor's Craig Fritsch
allowed one unearned run on four hits and a walk with no strikeouts over 5.0 innings. Jon Ringenberg
was touched for two runs on two hits and no walks with one strikeout over 3.0 innings in his first career outing. Ringenberg retired the first nine batters he faced before back-to-back singles in the ninth pushed him from the game.
Pacific starter Hunter Carnevale allowed three runs on six hits and four walks with five strikeouts over 5.1 innings.
Baylor took the game's first lead in the bottom of the fourth when Evatt led off with a single to right and later scored on Hornung's RBI double off the wall in left. Pacific quickly answered, using a pair of Baylor errors and a Brian Martin RBI groundout to even the game at 1-1.
The Bears reclaimed the lead in the sixth. Dustin Dickerson led off a double and later scored when Glime drew a bases-loaded walk. Landis Ware followed with an RBI groundout. Baylor pushed its lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth as Miller led off with a single and scored on Hornung's RBI double down the line in right.
Hornung was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a walk; he was 5-for-9 with three doubles, four RBI and Baylor's lone home run on the series. Miller was 2-for-3 with a walk and scored three runs. Eight of the Bears' nine starters hit safely on the day.
Baylor returns to action Monday, hosting BYU for a single game at Baylor Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CST. The Bears send Miller to the mound for his first start of the season. BYU was 1-3 over the weekend at the Cowboy Classic in Stillwater, Okla.; the Cougars split two games against Manhattan and lost both games against host Oklahoma State. BYU has not yet announced a starter.
NOTES: Baylor leads the all-time series 3-2. All five games have been one-run games. ... Baylor is 13-19 all-time against teams currently playing as members of the Big West Conference. ... Hornung enjoyed the second two-double game of his career; he also accomplished the feat at Texas State last season.
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