March 9, 2010
WACO, Texas - Eight different Baylor hurlers pitched in to lead the Bears to their fourth consecutive win, a 12-4 victory over Louisiana Tech on Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark.
Baylor (8-6) head coach Steve Smith said he planned to use a different pitcher every inning, and that nearly proved to be the case, as only two Baylor pitchers faced more than four batters.
Louisiana Tech (8-4) got on the board quickly in the first when Kyle Roliard led off the game with a triple to the gap in right-center. Baylor starter Trent Blank got three consecutive groundouts to escape the inning, but Roliard scored on the first one, giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
The Bears answered with three runs in the bottom half of the first. Logan Vick drew a leadoff walk, Brooks Pinckard reached on a bunt single, and after Joey Hainsfurther's sacrifice bunt, Max Muncy tied the game at 1-1 with a RBI groundout.
Louisiana Tech starter Mike LeBreton walked the next two batters before giving up a two-run single to Dan Evatt on his last pitch of the game. LeBreton turned the ball over to Trevor Petersen out of the Bulldogs' bullpen.
Louisiana Tech regained the lead in the top of the second when it plated three runs against Miles Landry. Clint Stubbs cut the Baylor lead to 3-2 with a RBI fielder's choice, and Clint Ewing put the Bulldogs back on top with a two-run homer.
Kevin Winter came out of the Baylor bullpen and worked around a two-out error and single to escape the inning, and the Bears took the lead for good in the bottom half.
Vick tied the game with his first career homer, and Pinckard reached on another bunt single and came around to score on Chris Slater's sacrifice fly, giving Baylor a 5-4 lead.
Kempf (2-1) earned the win by holding the Bulldogs scoreless on one hit over the last 2.1 innings. Kempf struck out four and threw 40 pitches, and Winter - who threw 31 pitches in 1.2 innings of scoreless relief - was the only other Bear to throw more than 20 pitches in the game.
Ludy, Evatt, Slater and Ware each drove in two runs for Baylor.
The Bears scored again in the seventh when Vick doubled and Hainsfurther brought him home with a double of his own. Baylor's final run scored when Andrew Cooley drew a walk and moved up on three wild pitches.
Vick finished 2-for-4 with a walk, three runs and one RBI, and Pinckard went 3-for-4 and scored twice. Pinckard reached in seven consecutive plate appearances dating back to Sunday's game before grounding out in the seventh.
The Bears will try to extend their four-game winning streak when they host Illinois-Chicago for a three-game set starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Baylor Ballpark.