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Baseball Walks Off with 5-4 Win over No. 29 Pepperdine

Feb. 26, 2013


(6-3) Rank: 29
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 2
0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 5 12 2

Final Stats | Quotes | Highlights | Postgame

Waco, Texas • Attendance: 2,413

(3-5) Rank: NR
Runs 4 5
AB 30 35
Hits 3 12
RBI 2 5
BB 6 3
SO 6 7
LOB 6 9

Three 1 H 3 Toth
Two 1 2B 1 Miller
None -- 3B -- None
None -- HR -- None
Two 1 RBI 2 Two
Four 1 R 1 Five
Moyer 1 SB 1 Brown

W - Smith (1-1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
L - Karch (3-1) 2.0 3 2 2 0 2

Baylor pitchers have struck out at least five batters in all eight games ... Baylor has nine or more hits in five of eight games ... Baylor has outscored opponents 8-1 in the seventh inning and 5-0 in the eighth ... Baylor is now 5-1 all-time against West Coast Conference opponents ... Nathan Orf extended his hitting streak to six games ... Adam Toth extended his hitting streak to four games with his 13th career multi-hit game, third this season and third in the last four games -- it's the fourth time in his career he's had three or more hits and second time this season ... Jake Miller and Cal Towey now have three-game hitting streaks ... Orf, Miller and Mitch Price extended their on-base streaks to six games ... Towey and Toth extended their on-base streaks to four games ... Sterling Wynn made his first career start ... Duncan Wendel had his second multi-hit game of the season and his career ... Bobby McCormack made his Baylor debut after transferring from Angelina J.C. ... Towey has multiple RBI in three of his last four games, has three such games this season and 26 in his career ... Logan Brown tallied his second multi-hit game of the season and seventh of his career ... Matt Menard recorded his first career hit and RBI ... Baylor overcame four-run deficits for wins twice last season, doing so last at Kansas State on April 14, 2012 ... The last time Baylor won a game in its last at-bat was April 15, 2012 at Kansas State ... Baylor's last walk-off win was April 1, 2012 against Oklahoma State ... Ryan Smith has factored in all three wins for Baylor as he saved the first two and earned the win in the third.

WACO, Texas- Trailing 4-0 to No. 29 Pepperdine, Baylor scored five unanswered runs to notch a 5-4 win on Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark. Adam Tothcame through with a walk-off single for the Bears (3-5) in the ninth to complete the comeback in BU's first-ever meeting with the Waves (6-3).

In their last game, the Bears faced a 4-0 deficit to No. 2 UCLA in the fifth inning, came back to tie it in the eighth, and then lost it in the ninth on an unearned run. Unfazed by a disappointing loss, Baylor did the same thing two days later and got the result it was looking for after a near lights-out bullpen performance.

"I think we are learning offensively that we are pretty competitive," said Baylor Head Coach Steve Smith. "We are grinding it out, even in the games that we have lost. It really hasn't been an issue of competitiveness at the plate; it has really just been issues on the mound. Tonight we were good enough at the back end of the game to overcome that."

The 4-0 deficit against the Waves came from a tough fourth inning. Four walks, a pickoff error, two passed balls, an RBI double by Cody Nulph and RBI single by James Grandpre all produced Pepperdine's four-run lead. Baylor used weekend starter Max Garnerto come into a bases-loaded jam to escape after he surrendered an RBI walk to Sam Meyer.

But from there on, Garner threw two shutout innings without allowing a hit. Bobby McCormack followed with two more hitless frames, and Ryan Smith pitched a perfect ninth to get the win and even his record to 1-1 on the season. In all, the BU bullpen worked 4.1 innings while allowing one run on four walks and no hits with three strikeouts, leaving starter Sterling Wynnwith a no decision after giving up three runs on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

Following missed scoring chances in the first and fourth innings, the Bears' comeback started in the sixth. As part of his 3-for-5, 2 RBI performance, Toth brought in BU's first run on a two-out single that scored Nathan Orfafter he reached on an error.

An inning later, the two-out work continued as Logan Brown reached on a bunt single, Lawton Langford walked and Orf was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Cal Towey. Taking advantage of Pepperdine leaving starter Matt Maurer in, Towey drilled a two-run single to right.

After Toth started off the eighth with a single, the two-out magic continued. This time it was Matt Menardwho delivered the game-tying single off of reliever Eric Karch.

The ninth started off with Karch hitting Langford and Orf back-to-back, but two outs later Toth was the Bears' last chance before heading to extra innings. The sophomore calmly roped a 2-1 fastball from Karch to the right-center gap and the Baylor bench and faithful erupted.

Taking his first loss of the season, Karch (3-1) allowed two runs on three hits with two strikeouts in two innings. Maurer came away with a no-decision, surrendering three runs (two earned) on eight hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

Along with Toth, Brown and Duncan Wendelalso produced multi-hit games for Baylor. Brown was 2-for-5 with a stolen base while Wendel was 2-for-4.

Baylor heads to Houston this weekend for the Astros Foundation College Classic at Minute Maid Park. The Bears open Friday at 12 p.m. CT versus California, play Houston at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and finish against Rice on Sunday at 6 p.m.




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