March 4, 2003
WACO, Texas -
Sixth-ranked Baylor pounded out 14 hits Tuesday night for a 7-4 victory over Texas-Arlington, extending the Bears' win streak to 10 in a row.
Baylor (13-3) scored a single run in the first inning, but the Mavericks (8-9) scored four off Baylor starter Andy Pape in the second inning to claim the lead. The Bears kept battling, however, scoring runs in each of the first five innings while the bullpen shut the door on UTA.
Ryan LaMotta (5-0) picked up his Big 12-leading fifth win of the season, pitching the fourth through seventh innings in relief of Pape, who was making his first collegiate start. Pape allowed four runs in three innings, but LaMotta continued to excel, striking out three and allowing only one baserunner in four shutout innings.
Abe Woody finished off the game for Baylor, pitching two scoreless innings for his first collegiate save. Woody walked one and hit a batter but did not give up a hit.
After scoring single runs in each of the first three innings, Jared Clements hit his first home run of the season in the fourth to tie the game at 4-4. Josh Ford gave the Bears the lead in the fifth with a two-out, bases-loaded single that brought in two runs, and Mark Saccomanno added an insurance run in the eighth with a home run.
Saccomanno's blast broke a homerless streak of over two years. The fifth-year senior hit home runs in back-to-back days at the 2001 Astros College Classic, then went the next two-plus seasons, covering 70 games and 201 at-bats, before hitting one out on Tuesday.
David Murphy pounded out three hits, his fourth three-hit game of the season, while Josh Ford went 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to a team-high eight games.
Pierce Loveless (0-1) took the loss for the Mavs, giving up four runs in three innings of relief.
The Bears will look to extend their win streak at home this weekend with a three-game series against eighth-ranked Long Beach State. Game times are set for 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m.