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Baseball Ties NCAA Record in 9-4 Loss at TCU

Nathan Orf became one of three players in school history to be hit by a pitch three times in a game.
(9-5) Rank: NR
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Box Score | Highlights

Fort Worth, Texas • Attendance: 4,253

(5-6) Rank: NR
Runs 4 9
AB 29 30
Hits 3 9
RBI 3 8
BB 3 8
SO 8 10
LOB 13 9

Three Players 1 H 3 Coats/Suiter
Vick 1 2B 1 Three Players
None -- 3B -- None
None -- HR -- None
Ludy 2 RBI 2 Three Players
Three Players 1 SB -- None

W - Allen (1-0) 1.1 1 0 0 3
L - Browder (0-1) 0.0 0 2 2 0

Baylor tied an NCAA record with 10 hit batters in a game - Saint Joseph's had 10 hit batters in 2009 against Fordham and Washington had 10 hit batters in 1998 against Rice ... The 13 combined hit batters broke the NCAA record for most in a game - the previous record was 12 on two occasions ... Baylor's 10 hit batters bested the previous school record of six set on March 12, 2004 against Vanderbilt ... The 10 hit batters also broke the record for most by a Big 12 team, topping Kansas State's eight hit batters against Wichita State in 2000 ... Josh Ludy (career-high 14 games), Lawton Langford (11 games) and Michael Howard (nine games) extended on-base streaks ... Nathan Orf tied a Baylor record with three times hit by a pitch in a game - he tied Jason Marshall (1993 vs. Texas Lutheran) and Michael Griffin (2004 vs. Vanderbilt) ... Langford recorded his 2nd bunt single of the season ... Ludy (5th season, 17th career) recorded a multi-RBI game ... Howard (2nd), Orf (3rd) and Max Muncy (1st season, 12th career) each stole a base ... Nick Wright made his debut in a Baylor uniform when he came on to pitch with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning ... Baylor had three batters hit in the 3rd inning, the first time the Bears had three or more hit batters in an inning since May 10, 2011, also at TCU ... Baylor is now 137-110 in the all-time series against TCU, including a 49-54 record in Fort Worth and an 18-22 mark in the Steve Smith era ... Baylor is 2-3 away from Baylor Ballpark this season.

March 6, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas - Baylor tied an NCAA record with 10 hit batsmen, helping the Bears take a 4-2 lead in the seventh, but TCU took advantage of four straight walks to score six runs in the eighth on its way to a 9-4 win on Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium.

The Bears and Horned Frogs combined to hit 13 batters, breaking the NCAA record for most total hit batsmen in a game. Baylor walked eight and TCU walked three, bringing the total number of free bases to 24 - double the 12 total hits in the game.

"It was ugly, it was just an ugly game," head coach Steve Smith said. "It's hard to watch some of what we do, particularly on the mound. This was not a hard game to pitch, the wind is blowing in the batters' faces, and it's just not that hard."

Baylor (9-5) didn't record its first hit until Cal Towey singled in the seventh inning, but the Bears followed that hit with a Josh Ludy RBI groundout and a two-out RBI double from Logan Vick to take a 3-2 lead.

Three Baylor relievers combined to issue four straight walks with one out in the eighth, with Keaton Jones drawing the fourth bringing in the tying run. After Nick Wright got a strikeout for the second out in the inning, Jason Coats hit a two-run single, the next two batters were hit by pitches and Jerrick Suiter hit a two-run single to put TCU in front 9-4.

The Bears took an early lead with a run in the third inning without the benefit of a hit. Logan Brown drew a walk and three straight Baylor batters were hit by pitches, with Josh Ludy driving in Brown to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.

TCU (5-6) answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Braden Mattson tied the game with a sacrifice fly and Suited reached on a two-out error to bring in another run to give TCU a 2-1 lead.

Neither team scored again until the Bears broke out for three runs in the top of the seventh. Nathan Orf was hit by a pitch, Towey followed with a single, and after Max Muncy advanced both runners, Ludy followed with a RBI groundout to tie the game at 2-2. Vick's RBI double gave the Bears the lead, and Michael Howard reached on an error to provide an insurance run.

TCU cut the lead in half on Mattson's two-out RBI double in the seventh, but Doug Ashby got a groundout to strand a pair of runners in scoring position and escape the inning with the Bears clinging to a 4-3 lead.

Orf tied a school record when he was hit by a pitch for the third time leading off the eighth inning. He stole second and moved to third on Towey's sacrifice bunt, but the Bears were unable to bring him home when Ludy and Vick struck out against Kevin Allen.

Allen (1-0) got the win with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Kolt Browder (0-1) took the loss after walking the only two batters he faced in the eighth inning. Baylor starter Dillon Newman didn't factor in the decision after allowing one run on five hits in 2.1 innings, while TCU starter Brandon Finnegan was effectively wild, hitting six batters and allowing one run in 4.2 no-hit innings.

Ludy had two RBI, while Towey, Vick and Lawton Langford had the Bears' only hits. Coats and Suited each had three hits and two RBI for TCU.

Baylor returns home to host Michigan State for $1 hot dog night at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday. Memphis comes to Baylor Ballpark for a three-game series over the weekend, with first pitch in Friday's series opener scheduled for 6:35 p.m.



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