March 18, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas -
Freshman Mark McCormick pitched six innings of two-hit ball as No. 8 Baylor took to the road and defeated TCU 10-3 Tuesday night.
The win came in the first game for Baylor (18-6) at Lupton Stadium, the new home of the Horned Frogs (13-11). The Bears have won four straight from TCU in Fort Worth, dating back to the 1996 season.
Baylor took a 4-0 lead in the second inning, breaking open the game early. Michael Griffin led off with a double and came home on an error by rightfielder Jake Duncan for Baylor's first run. Duncan misplayed a long drive into the gap by Reid Brees, allowing the ball to glance off his glove as Brees ended up on third.
After Trey Webb lined out to second, Mark Saccomanno walked and Paul Witt beat out a bunt to load the bases. TCU starter Kyle Shoemaker (2-2) struck out Chris Durbin for the second out, then threw two quick strikes to David Murphy. On the two-out, 0-2 pitch, Murphy lined a double to left-center that scored all three runners and upped Baylor's lead to 4-0.
Baylor scored four more times in the fifth, all after two outs. With two away and Josh Ford on first with a walk, Griffin and Brees put together back-to-back singles to plate Ford. Trey Webb followed with a triple to straightaway center that scored two runs. Saccomanno drove in Webb with a single for Baylor's eighth run.
Seth Fortenberry doubled in two runs in the ninth for Baylor's final two runs.
McCormick (2-0) struck out a season-high eight batters and allowed only two hits, one of the infield variety and one a bad-hop grounder that bounced over Webb's head. The freshman walked three, including the final batter he faced.
That runner came around to score as the only run McCormick allowed, scoring on a home run to left allowed by reliever Tyler Bullock. Bullock struck out three of the five batters he faced, allowing the home run to TCU's Will Lewis in the seventh and a single leading off the eighth.
Abe Woody finished off the eighth in relief of Bullock, and junior transfer Andy Schnizer made his first Baylor appearance in the ninth. Schnizer struck out one and allowed one hit while pitching a scoreless inning.
The Bears now return to Waco, where they will host No. 30 Oklahoma this weekend at Baylor Ballpark. Game times are set for 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.