Feb. 27, 2004
WACO, Texas -
Nick Hundley tripled off the wall in left field to lead off the top of the seventh and later scored on a Jason Donald sacrifice fly as No. 16 Arizona edged No. 15 Baylor 2-1 here Friday night. The loss is Baylor's fourth straight and the Bears' fourth one-run loss of the season.
Arizona (6-4-1) got on the board first with a run in the top of the second on just one hit. With one out in the inning, Baylor (3-5) starter Mark McCormick issued back-to-back walks to Derek Decater and Jordan Brown. Trevor Crowe followed with a single to center, plating Decater.
Baylor knotted the score with an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth. After leading off the inning with a walk, Mike Heldoorn was called safe on a force play at second when Arizona second baseman John Hardy bobbled the flip from shortstop Donald. Drew Sutton then sacrificed the runners to second and third, and Kyle Reynolds followed with a sacrifice fly to center to score Heldoorn.
McCormick lasted 5.0 innings for Baylor; he allowed one run on four hits with six strikeouts but walked five. Ryan LaMotta (0-1) tossed the final 4.0 innings and allowed only Hundley's triple and the subsequent sacrifice fly with two walks and three strikeouts.
Arizona starter Koley Kolberg (1-1) earned the victory with 7.0 innings of work; he was touched for the one unearned run on three hits with six walks and eight strikeouts. Derek Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his second save of the season.
Baylor stranded 14 runners on the night, while Arizona left eight runners on base.
The Bears and the Wildcats conclude their three-game series Saturday with a noon doubleheader. Southpaw Trey Taylor (1-1) starts for Baylor in the first game against Arizona righty Luis Cortez (1-0). Right-hander Sean Walker (0-1) gets the nod in the night cap against an as of yet undetermined Wildcat hurler.