March 17, 2007
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WACO, Texas -- Nine consecutive batters reached base with two outs in a seven-run third inning that propelled No. 10 Texas to a 14-2 victory over Baylor in Saturday night's Big 12 Conference action at Baylor Ballpark. Texas (18-7, 2-0) clinches the series with the win, its eighth in succession over Baylor (12-9, 0-2).
Baylor starts 0-2 in Big 12 play for the first time since 1998 when the Bears dropped the first two games of a three-game series at Oklahoma. The 1998 Bears went on to win the series finale to start a six-game conference winning streak and win 14 of its next 15 Big 12 games.
Chance Wheeless singled through the right side with two outs and the bases empty in the third. After consecutive walks by Jordan Danks and Bradley Suttle, Kyle Russell delivered a two-run single up the middle that erased a 2-0 Baylor lead. Russell Moldenhauser followed with an RBI double that broke the 2-2 tie and turned out to be the game-winning hit. The Horns went on to score seven runs on six hits and three walks in the inning.
Texas added four runs in the fourth; Suttle and Russell had back-to-back solo home runs with one out to get the inning started. Preston Clark added an RBI single, and Travis Tucker had a sacrifice fly. The Horns capped the scoring with two runs in the seventh and another Suttle solo round-tripper in the ninth.
Baylor starter Kendal Volz (2-1) took the loss, allowing seven runs on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts over 2.2 innings.
Texas starter Adrian Alaniz (6-1) notched the win, his fifth in six starts with one no-decision. Alaniz allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over 7.0 innings.
Aaron Miller put the Bears on the board in the first inning, lacing a two-run double over Texas center fielder Nick Peoples' head. However, that was the hit Alaniz allowed until Miller had a single to center with one out in the sixth. Baylor's only other hits were a Booker leadoff single in the first, followed by Beamer Weems' bunt single that set the stage for Miller's two-run double.
Baylor and Texas conclude their three-game series Sunday at 2 p.m. The Bears send junior right-hander Randall Linebaugh (2-1, 2.60 ERA) to the mound, opposite Longhorn southpaw Joseph Krebs (3-0, 2.59 ERA).
NOTE: Texas leads the all-time series 220-97-4, including an 85-55-3 advantage in games played in Waco. This is the most-played series in Baylor baseball history. ... Texas leads the series 21-20 since the inception of the Big 12 Conference; Baylor holds a 17-15 advantage in regular-season meetings during that time. ... The Bears lead the series 25-24 during head coach Steve Smith's tenure. ... Booker extended his hitting streak to six games, tying his career long.