March 7, 2010
WACO, Texas - Raynor Campbell's two-run homer with two outs in the sixth proved to be the game winner, but he added another as insurance in the eighth, as Baylor rallied from deficits of five and three runs to knock off Oral Roberts, 12-8, Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.
With the win, Baylor (7-6) came back from dropping Friday's series opener to take the series three games to one over Oral Roberts (2-6).
Baylor starting pitcher Jon Ringenberg was dominant early, setting the ORU lineup down in order in each of the first three innings, but the Golden Eagles finally got to him with one out in the fourth.
P.J. Sequeira's RBI double put ORU on top, and after Ringenberg walked the next batter to load the bases, he turned the ball over to Craig Fritsch.
Fritsch gave up three consecutive hits, giving the Golden Eagles a 5-0 lead, but he got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam with a strikeout and a popout.
ORU starter Mark Guest matched Ringenberg early, holding the Bears scoreless over the first four frames, but Baylor broke through in the fifth.
Logan Vick drew a bases-loaded walk to get the Bears on the board, and Brooks Pinckard followed with a two-run single to cut the deficit to 5-3. Vick came home to score on a wild pitch, and Joey Hainsfurther drew a walk, ending Guest's day.
Jeff Burleson (1-1) came on in relief and gave up a RBI single to Campbell that tied the game at 5-5.
Baylor reliever Kolt Browder replaced Fritsch to start the sixth inning. Brett Sowers drew a walk on the ninth pitch of his at-bat, and Jared Schlehuber fouled off four consecutive payoff pitches before taking a walk and ending Browder's day.
Josh Turley (2-0) was called from the bullpen, and he gave up back-to-back RBI singles and a sacrifice fly before getting out of the inning with the Bears trailing 8-5.
The Bears again answered with a five-spot in the bottom half of the sixth. The rally started when Jake Miller was hit by a pitch and Steve DalPorto followed with a single for his first collegiate hit.
Pinckard knocked a two-out RBI single, and Hainsfurther's RBI single brought in two runs when an error in right field allowed Pinckard to score all the way from first.
Hainsfurther's single tied the game at 8-8 before Campbell lined a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left-center to give the Bears a 10-8 lead they would never relinquish.
Turley worked around an error in a scoreless seventh, and then put up another zero in the eighth. Campbell added two runs of insurance when he drilled a 1-1 offering from relief pitcher Bryce Smolen onto the soccer field beyond the left-field wall for his second home run of the game and fourth of the week.
Campbell finished 3-for-4 with two home runs, five RBI, a stolen base and a walk, while Pinckard went 2-for-4 with a walk, three runs, three RBI and a stolen base.
Turley went back to work in the ninth, and after a pair of singles had the potential tying run on deck, he struck out Robert Barbosa to end the game.
Turley picked up the win by holding Oral Roberts to one run on five hits with five strikeouts in 4.0 innings of relief. The freshman lefty threw 47 of his 66 pitches for strikes. Burleson took the loss by surrendering five runs in 1.1 innings for ORU.
The Bears will try to extend their three-game winning streak when they host Louisiana Tech at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Baylor Ballpark.