Feb. 26, 2010
WACO, Texas - Gregg Glime's eighth-inning sacrifice fly broke a 2-2 tie, and Brooks Pinckard worked a perfect ninth to notch his third save in as many games as Baylor knocked off Texas State 3-2 in the opening game of the QTI Baylor Classic Friday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.
The Bears (4-1) have trailed at some point in all five games this season, but this was the first time Baylor got on the board first.
After starting pitcher Shawn Tolleson struck out two in a perfect top half of the first, Logan Vick and Joey Hainsfurther led off with consecutive singles to put runners on the corners with no outs in the bottom half of the inning.
Texas State (3-1) starter Michael Russo got Max Muncy to ground into a double play, but Vick scored on the play, giving Baylor a 1-0 lead.
Tolleson recorded four strikeouts while retiring the first six batters he faced, but Texas State tied the score at 1-1 in the third when Shaun Garcia and Jordan Kopycinski led off with back-to-back doubles. Two outs later, a bunt single and a walk loaded the bases, but Tolleson escaped the inning when Kyle Livingstone grounded out.
Neither team would score again until the sixth. Tolleson hit the first batter of the inning, then the Bobcats took a 2-1 lead on Garcia's RBI single. A walk loaded the bases, but Tolleson again escaped the jam, this time with a flyout.
The sixth would be the last inning for both starting pitchers. Tolleson allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 6.0 innings. Russo surrendered two runs on eight hits with one walk and no strikeouts.
Freshman lefty Josh Turley (1-0) came out of the Baylor bullpen and got the win by allowing just one hit in a pair of scoreless innings, and the Bears regained the lead with a run in the bottom.
Max Muncy led off the eighth with a single, and Evatt took his place at first after a fielder's choice. Pinch runner Don Lambert advanced to second when Towey drew a walk, and an error on Kyle Kubitza loaded the bases, setting up Glime's sacrifice fly.
Campbell and Muncy both finished the day 2-for-4, with Campbell driving in a run and stealing two bases. Garcia had two of Texas State's six hits; he finished the game 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI.
Carson Smith (0-1) took the loss for the Bobcats, though the only run he allowed in 2.0 innings was unearned.
Pinckard needed 10 pitches to retire Laurn Randell for the first out of the ninth, and then he got groundouts from each of the next two batters to earn the save.
Baylor returns to action at Baylor Ballpark in a non-conference game against Texas A&M at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Baylor game will be followed by Texas State and Western Kentucky at 5 p.m.