Feb. 27, 2007
WACO, Texas -- Raynor Campbell's two-run home run to left-center capped Baylor's second comeback of the night and gave the Bears a 9-7 victory over Texas-Arlington in 10 innings Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark. It was the first home run of Campbell's career and Baylor's first walk-off home run since April 30, 2003, when Josh Ford's leadoff homer in the bottom of the 10th gave the Bears a 5-4 victory over Houston.
Baylor (8-4) trailed 7-6 entering the bottom of the 10th after UTA (4-8) took the lead on Mitch Putman's RBI fielder's choice in the top of the inning. However, Tim Jackson led off the bottom of the 10th with a homer to left-center. It was Jackson's second home run of the season; both led off an inning, tied the score and set the stage for Baylor to later win the game.
Aaron Miller followed Jackson's home run with a walk. After attempting to bunt on the first two pitches of the at bat, Campbell laced a 1-1 PJ Burns offering over the wall in left-center.
"I've probably had better offensive games in my life, but that was definitely the most exciting," said Campbell, who claimed it was the first walk-off hit of his baseball career.
Campbell's heroics made a winner of reliever Nick Cassavechia (2-0), who pitched the final two outs of the top of the 10th and allowed a hit, an intentional walk and a strikeout. Burns (1-1) was saddled with the loss; he faced all three batters in the 10th after retiring the side in order in the ninth.
Baylor starter Wade Mackey saw his first career start spoiled. He left with a four-run lead after holding UTA scoreless on two hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
The Bears added an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth to build a 5-0 lead. However, UTA scored six runs, five of which were unearned, on just two hits in the top of the seventh to take a 6-5 lead. Ben Burum capped the inning with a two-run homer over the batter's eye in center.
Baylor tied the game with a run in the eighth. Campbell was the catalyst for the rally, leading off the inning with a triple and later scoring on a passed ball.
Campbell, who also had a two-run single in the first inning, finished 3-for-5 with four RBI, two runs and a double shy of the cycle. Jackson also had a two-hit game and scored twice.
Baylor returns to action this weekend, traveling to Stockton, Calif., for the Pacific State Bank Tiger Classic hosted by University of the Pacific. The Bears face San Francisco at noon CST Friday, host Pacific at 4 p.m. Saturday and San Diego State at noon Sunday.
NOTES: Baylor leads the all-time series 70-28, including a 43-12 advantage in games played in Waco. The Bears have won each of the last five meetings and are 24-8 against UTA during head coach Steve Smith's tenure. ... Baylor improved to 2-0 this season in extra-inning games. The Bears are 14-3 in extra-inning games since the start of the 2003 season. ... Miller extended his hitting streak to four games; he has hit safely in nine of the last 10 games. ... Tim Matthews surrendered an earned run in 2.2 innings of work. That snapped a streak of 11 consecutive relief appearances without allowing an earned run for Matthews. ... Cassavechia allowed an inherited runner to score in the 10th, snapping a streak of 22 consecutive inherited runners stranded. The last time he allowed an inherited runner to score was March 14, 2006, at Houston. He has stranded 27 of 31 inherited runners in his career.