Feb. 28, 2004
WACO, Texas - Baylor's 15th-ranked baseball squad split its third doubleheader of the season here Saturday, defeating No. 16 Arizona 10-2 in the opener before the Wildcats rallied for a 5-3 triumph in the night-cap.
Baylor (4-6) led 3-2 heading to the eighth inning in the second game; however, a bizarre play allowed Arizona (7-5-1) to knot the score. Bears reliever Cory VanAllen hit Jason Donald to lead off the inning and then gave way to Zane Carlson, who with his 92nd career appearance established a Baylor record.
After a sacrifice bunt pushed Donald to second, Trevor Crowe slapped a ball down the first-base line that Baylor first baseman Jared Clements managed to keep on the infield but could not field cleanly. Clements flipped to Carlson at first, futilely trying to get the out, but the ball caromed off Crowe, allowing Donald to score.
Arizona took the lead in the top of the ninth with two runs on three hits. Brad Boyer had the game-winning hit, a single through the right side that scored Jeff Van Houten, who reached on a one-out double.
Carlson (0-2) was touched with the loss, allowing two runs on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts in 2.0 innings of work. Baylor starter Sean Walker lasted 6.0 innings and held Arizona to two runs on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Baylor's bats, which erupted for 10 runs on 12 hits in the opener, remained hot in the first four innings of the night-cap as the Bears scored three runs on seven hits. However, the Bears did not manage another hit on the game, stranding 11 runners in game two. Drew Sutton and Mark Pankratz had RBI hits in the second game, while Kevin Sevigny had a sacrifice fly.
Arizona reliever Mark Melancon (3-1) notched the win with 3.0 innings of no-hit ball. He walked one and struck out one. Derek Rodriguez picked up his second save of the weekend and third of the year, pitching a perfect ninth with one strikeout.
In the first game, Baylor got its bats going early on setting season highs in runs (10) and hits (12). The Bears were lead by Kyle Reynolds, who went 4-for-5 with a run and two RBI. It was the first four-hit game of Reynold's career. Juniors Josh Ford and Mike Heldoorn also had multi-hit games; it was the first of the like in Heldoorn's career.
In the bottom of the fifth, Heldoorn lead off the inning with a triple, followed by five hits and an Arizona error as Baylor put six runs on the board. The Bears continued their scoring campaign with a run in the sixth and another in the seventh.
Baylor starter Trey Taylor (2-1) went 6.2 innings, his longest outing of the season, giving up two runs on five hits and one walk with a season-high six strikeouts. Abe Woody pitched 1.1 scoreless innings of relief, and Ryan Bennett pitched a scoreless ninth to close the game.
Baylor returns to action Tuesday as the Bears travel to Houston for 7 p.m. game at Cougar Field.