SAN ANTONIO, Texas -Kevin Russo went 3-for-5 and scored twice as No. 14 Baylor plated single runs in four separate innings for a 4-2 victory over Texas-San Antonio at Wolff Municipal Stadium. It marked the Bears' 21st consecutive victory against UTSA (0-11), including 19 straight under head coach Steve Smith.
After going hitless in each of the first two innings, Baylor (7-4) got on the board in the third. Russo singled with one out and then scored on a Paul Witt double. The Bears added to their lead in the fourth with a run on two hits, and then tacked on another run in the fifth on a Josh Ford RBI double.
UTSA pulled to within one run in the bottom of the fifth, scoring a pair of runs on three hits and a sacrifice fly. However, Jeff Mandel got the Bears out of the inning still ahead. Baylor got one run back in the eighth on a Kyle Reynolds RBI groundout.
Baylor starter Sean Walker earned the victory in a predetermined short outing. Walker (1-1) allowed one hit and two walks with two strikeouts in 3.0 scoreless innings. Abe Woody pitched the final 2.0 innings perfectly with one strikeout for his fourth save of the season.
Ford finished 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI and two walks. Witt also had a pair of hits in four at bats.
Baylor returns to action this weekend, hosting Long BeachState for a three-game series at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears and the Dirtbags meet Friday at , Saturday at and Sunday at
NOTES:Baylor improves to 21-2 all-time against UTSA, including an 8-1 advantage at San Antonio. ... Russo established career highs with three hits and two runs. ... Witt posted his team-leading sixth multiple-hit game of the season. ... Michael Griffin played in the 200th game of his career Tuesday. ... Woody made the 60th relief appearance of his career, only the sixth pitcher in Baylor history to reach that mark. ... Griffin drew two walks, one of which was intentional. That marks only the second time in his career that he has walked twice in a game. The only other time was at OklahomaState during his freshman season (2002).