March 9, 2007
WACO, Texas -- Jeff Mandel posted his first career complete game, and Aaron Miller drove in two runs as Baylor defeated San Francisco 5-1 in Friday night's first-day action of the Quala-T Imprints Baylor Classic. Winthrop defeated Mississippi State 7-6 in 10 innings earlier in the day.
Baylor (11-6) scored four of its five without the benefit of a hit, thanks to three sacrifice flies and one RBI fielder's choice. Chase Gerdes had the Bears' only RBI hit, a run-scoring ground-rule double to center in the third inning.
Meanwhile, Mandel (2-3) allowed one unearned run on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts. It was the first time in 14 career starts that Mandel went past the seventh inning. He used 116 pitches, 79 for strikes, and struck out Chris Bacigalupi on his 100th pitch of the night to end the eighth inning.
Mandel became the first Baylor pitcher to record a complete game since April 21, 2006, when Ryan LaMotta lost an eight-inning complete game in the Bears' 4-2 loss at Texas A&M. LaMotta also had Baylor's last complete-game win; that came April 7, 2006, when he and the Bears shutout Oklahoma State 14-0 at Baylor Ballpark.
The Bears got on the board in the first inning when Ben Booker drew a leadoff walk, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Miller's sacrifice fly.
San Francisco (8-7) threatened in the third, loading the bases with one out. Bacigalupi flied out to center for an apparent sacrifice fly; however, Gerdes threw out Tavo Hall as he tried to advance from second to third on the play. Baylor third baseman Seth Hammock applied the tag on Hall before Joey Railey crossed the plate, and Mandel escaped the inning unscathed.
Baylor pushed its lead to 3-0 with a pair of runs in the fourth. Dustin Dickerson led off with a walk, stole second and scored on Gerdes' double that bounced over the wall just to the right of the batter's eye in center. Gerdes then stole third and scored on Matt Sodolak's sacrifice fly.
USF got on the board thanks to a hit, a Baylor error and a Bacigalupi sacrifice fly. Baylor answered with two runs in the seventh on a Miller RBI fielder's choice and a Tim Jackson sacrifice fly.
Mitchell Bialosky (0-3), the first of four USF pitchers, took the loss; he allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts over 4.1 innings.
Action in the Quala-T Imprints Baylor classic continues Saturday at Baylor Ballpark. Winthrop (11-7) faces San Francisco at 2:30 p.m. CST, while Baylor hosts Mississippi State (8-2) at 6:30 p.m. The Bears send freshman right-hander Kendal Volz (2-0, 4.08 ERA) to the mound, opposite MSU southpaw Justin Pigott (1-1, 2.40 ERA).
NOTES: Baylor leads the all-time series 2-0. The teams first met last Friday at the Pacific State Bank Tiger Classic in Stockton, Calif.; Baylor won that game 5-4. ... Baylor improved to 42-9 at Baylor Ballpark since the beginning of the 2005 postseason. The Bears have won 17 of their last 18 at Baylor Ballpark.