March 18, 2007
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WACO, Texas -- Kyle Russell's first of two home runs capped a three-run fourth and propelled No. 10 Texas to an 8-3 victory over Baylor in Sunday afternoon's Big 12 Conference series finale at Baylor Ballpark. Texas (19-7, 3-0) completed the series sweep with the win, the Longhorns 10th win in their last 11 games and their ninth straight against Baylor (12-10, 0-3).
Texas becomes the first team to defeat Baylor in consecutive games at Baylor Ballpark since Missouri did so in the final two games of the 2005 regular season. Four of the last five Baylor-Texas series have ended in sweeps, including each of the last three.
Sunday's game drew an attendance of 4,508, the 12th-largest crowd in Baylor Ballpark history. The series' two games at Baylor Ballpark drew 9,789 fans, the largest two-date series attendance total in school history. The previous record of 9,085 was established last season against Texas A&M.
Chance Wheeless, who finished 3-for-5 on the day, got things started in the fourth, lacing a leadoff double down the line in right. Two batters later, Bradley Suttle scored Wheeless with an RBI double; Russell followed with a two-run homer to the left of the batter's eye in center.
Texas added an unearned run on a Baylor error and a Wheeless triple in the fifth. Baylor got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a Chase Gerdes solo home run to right-center. Russell answered Gerdes' round-tripper with a solo shot to right-center in the sixth.
Baylor rallied again in the bottom of the sixth, getting a bases-loaded, no-out RBI single from Seth Hammock. The Bears got another run when Texas reliever Pat McCrory's throw home on a come-backer pulled catcher Preston Clark off the plate, allowing Tim Jackson to score. However, the Bears could do no more damage.
The Horns pulled away with three runs in the eighth on four hits, a walk and a Baylor error.
Baylor starter Randall Linebaugh (2-2) took the loss, allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 7.0 innings.
Starter Joseph Krebs (4-0) earned the victory for Texas, holding Baylor to one run on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts over 5.0 innings. Reliever Keith Shinaberry was touched for two runs in a brief, three-batter outing, but McCrory and Randy Boone scattered three hits and a walk in 4.0 scoreless innings to close the game for Texas.
The Bears tallied 11 hits on the day, more than doubling their eight-hit total from the series' first two games. Each of Baylor's nine starters had at least one hit; Raynor Campbell and Dustin Dickerson had two hits each.
Baylor returns to action Tuesday, hosting Texas Southern for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch at Baylor Ballpark.
NOTES: Texas leads the all-time series 221-97-4, including an 86-55-3 advantage in games played in Waco. This is the most-played series in Baylor baseball history. ... Texas leads the series 22-20 since the inception of the Big 12 Conference; Baylor holds a 17-16 advantage in regular-season meetings during that time. ... The series is tied 25-25 during head coach Steve Smith's tenure. ... Ben Booker extended his hitting streak to seven games, a career long. Beamer Weems (four games) and Matt Sodolak (three games) also extended hitting streaks.