March 6, 2010
WACO, Texas - Baylor baseball bounced back from a five-game losing streak by taking both games of a doubleheader against Oral Roberts on Saturday at Baylor Ballpark.
The Bears (6-6) took jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 14-2 win in the first game, and then Baylor held on for a 7-6 win over the Golden Eagles (2-5) in the nightcap.
Game One: Baylor 14, Oral Roberts 2
Logan Verrett (1-2) posted a career-high 11 strikeouts and went the distance in a 7.0-inning complete game. The sophomore earned the win by allowing just a pair of unearned runs on five hits with two walks.
Verrett struck out the side in the top of the first inning, and then the Baylor bats went to work.
Verrett allowed just one hit over the next three innings, and the Bears added a pair of insurance runs. Raynor Campbell drove in Brooks Pinckard with a sacrifice fly in the second inning, and Joey Hainsfurther's bunt single brought in Landis Ware in the fourth.
A two-out error kept the Golden Eagles alive in the fifth inning, and Chris Elder knocked a two-run double to cut Baylor's lead to 7-2, but Verrett seven of the next eight batters to finish the game.
Chris Slater knocked his first career homer with a solo shot in the fifth inning, and the Bears plated six more runs in the sixth.
Jake Miller's RBI single was the fourth consecutive hit to start the inning, and it chased ORU reliever Drew Bowen from the game after 4.1 innings of work. Jake Ramsey came out of the Golden Eagles' bullpen, and after walking Kenton Gedwed, he gave up a three-run, opposite-field homer to Slater.
Slater hadn't homered in 41 career games, but his two home runs in this game came in consecutive innings and on consecutive swings.
Pinckard capped the scoring when he drove in Ware with a RBI groundout.
ORU starting pitcher Mike Torrence (0-1) was saddled with the loss after allowing five runs on four hits in 1.0 inning.
Slater finished 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored, Hainsfurther went 4-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI, and Muncy went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBI. Logan Vick and Ware both had multi-hit games for the Bears, and all nine Baylor starters recorded hits.
Five different ORU batters had one hit, with Elder's two-run double plating the Golden Eagles' only runs.
Game Two: Baylor 7, Oral Roberts 6
Raynor Campbell homered and drove in four runs, and Trent Blank turned in 4.1 innings of solid relief work to lead Baylor past Oral Roberts, 7-6, in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.
Logan Vick got the offense started with a leadoff single in the first, and he came around to score on Campbell's two-out, two-run homer.
ORU starter Dan Martony got out of the first inning, but he was pulled before the Bears came up to bat again, marking the second consecutive game the Bears were able to chase the Golden Eagles' starting pitcher after 1.0 inning.
Oral Roberts rallied back this time, plating two runs in the second inning to even the score. Brett Burch brought home Seth Furmanek with a RBI double, and Robert Barbosa's sacrifice fly tied the score at 2-2 after two innings.
The Bears went back on top when Vick led off the third with a single, stole second base and came home on Campbell's sacrifice fly. However, the lead would be short-lived, as ORU got to Baylor starter Willie Kempf for a pair of runs in the fourth, chasing him after 3.1 innings.
Trent Blank (2-1) came on with two runners in scoring position and just one out, but he got a groundout and a flyout to escape the jam with the Bears trailing by just one.
Landis Ware reached on an error leading off the fifth, stole second base and scored when Brooks Pinckard doubled off the batter's eye in center field. Two batters later, Campbell delivered a RBI single, giving him four RBI on the day, and putting Baylor back on top at 5-4.
Blank set the Golden Eagles down in order in the fifth and sixth innings, and Baylor added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Ware drove in Chris Slater with a RBI triple, and Vick followed with a sacrifice fly, giving the Bears a 7-4 advantage.
After Blank had retired the first eight batters he faced, ORU led off the seventh with back-to-back singles, bringing the potential tying run to the plate. The Bears conceded a run when Chris Elder grounded into a double play, and Blank retired the next three batters he faced before allowing a two-out single in the eighth.
That's when Pinckard was called to the mound from center field. He walked Brett Sowers, but got a flyout from Barbosa to get out of the inning.
Blank turned in the longest relief outing of his career, going 4.1 innings and allowing just one run on three hits to earn the win.
After the Bears went down in order in the eighth, Pinckard retired the first batter he faced in the ninth, but an error brought the potential tying run to the plate. After a groundout had ORU down to its final out, P.J. Sequeira drove in a run with a single, but Pinckard rebounded to strike out Furmanek with a fastball that registered 94 on the radar gun.
Pinckard allowed just an unearned run in 1.1 innings to notch his fourth save of the season.
Baylor and Oral Roberts meet again at 1 p.m. Sunday in the series finale at Baylor Ballpark.