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Baseball Beats LTU 12-8 for Fifth Straight Win

Dillon Newman

Dillon Newman

March 12, 2011

#17 Baylor (10-5) 12, La. Tech (8-6) 8
Box Score | Quotes | Highlights

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
0 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 8 11 0
2 3 0 1 0 6 0 0 X 12 16 1
 
Pitching
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
W - Newman (1-1) 3.0 2 0 0 0 1
L - Dudley (0-1) 0.2 4 5 5 1 1
S - Pinckard (3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
 
Batting Leaders
AB
H RBI R
BB
HR
BU - Slater 5 3 3 2 0 0
BU - DalPorto
3 2 0 3 1 0
LTU - Gordey 4 3 2 0 0 0
 
Notes:  Baylor is now 7-3 all-time against Louisiana Tech, including a 5-3 mark in Waco and a 5-3 record in the Steve Smith era ... Brooks Pinckard, Steve DalPorto and Jake Miller extended hitting streaks to five games ... Chris Slater and Josh Ludy extended hitting streaks to four games ... Slater had his fourth consecutive three-hit game; he was 3-for-19 on the season before the streak ... Logan Vick (31st career), Max Muncy (30th career), Slater (14th career), DalPorto (third career) and Miller (eighth career) had multi-hit games ... Vick (sixth career), Slater (eighth career), Ludy (sixth career) and Mercurio (second career) had multi-RBI games ... Pinckard had his eighth bunt single of the season ... Pinckard is now 12-for-14 stealing bases this season and 41-for-47 in his career.
 
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WACO, Texas - Chris Slater had his fourth straight three-hit game and drove in three runs, while Dillon Newman pitched 3.0 shutout innings to notch his first win as Baylor's 17th-ranked baseball team won its fifth straight game, knocking off Louisiana Tech 12-8 on Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.

Baylor (10-5) had six players with multi-hit games, and even Newman got in on the action with a double in his first collegiate at-bat.

"We competed hard," head coach Steve Smith said. "They're not all going to be one-hit shutouts. There are a lot of ways you have to win. You just have to keep battling and pressing on and that's what we did today."

The Bears started the scoring with two runs in the first when Slater singled and scored on a wild pitch and Max Muncy had a RBI single to score Logan Vick.

Louisiana Tech (8-6) answered with three runs in its next trip to the plate, but the Bears regained the lead with a three runs in the bottom half of the second. Vick hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, and Slater's two-out, two-run single gave the Bears a 5-3 lead.

Baylor starting pitcher Trent Blank worked a scoreless third, but the Bulldogs chased him from the game when the first four batters in the fourth all reached base with two singles and two hit batsmen. Newman (1-1) came out of the bullpen and limited the damage, but both inherited runners scored to give LTU a 7-5 lead.

Blank didn't factor in the decision after allowing five earned runs on five hits in 3.0 innings. Newman picked up the win by retiring eight of the last nine batters he faced and allowing only two hits in 3.0 shutout innings.

The Bears cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the fourth when Steve DalPorto, Brooks Pinckard and Vick hit consecutive singles, but Bulldogs starting pitcher Mike Jefferson picked off Pinckard to work his way out of a jam. He allowed six runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings, but did not factor in the decision.

Baylor broke through with a six-run sixth inning against LTU relievers Caleb Dudley and Will Alvis. Slater's RBI double tied the game, and after Muncy was internationally walked, Josh Ludy put the Bears in front 9-7 with a two-run single to chase Dudley from the game.

Ludy started the game as the designated hitter, but he replaced Joey Hainsfurther behind the plate in the fifth inning, forcing the Bears to put the pitcher in the batting order. Newman, who doubled in the fourth inning in his first collegiate at-bat, was lifted for pinch-hitter Wes Mercurio, who hit a two-run triple off of Alvis. Jake Miller capped the scoring with a RBI double that put the Bears in front 12-7.

Slater went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs, while DalPorto went 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored and Vick had two hits, two runs and two RBI. Justin Gordey led Tech at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI.

Dudley (0-1) took the loss after allowing five runs on four hits with one walk and one strikeout in 0.2 innings.

Crayton Bare retired six of seven batters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings, and after Tech's first three batters in the ninth all hit safely against Kolt Browder, Pinckard was brought in from center field to close out the game. He set down the next three batters in order to notch his third save of the season.

The series concludes at 2 p.m. Sunday when Josh Turley is scheduled to take the mound against the Bulldogs' Jeb Stefan. The Bears will go for their first four-game series sweep since taking all four against Lubbock Christian on Feb. 10-11, 1989.


 

 

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