WACO, Texas - Josh Ludy hit a two-out, walk-off single to score Max Muncy and give Baylor's 14th-ranked baseball team a 14-13 win to even the series against Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.
The Bears (13-6, 1-1 Big 12) looked like they would cruise to a win after building an 11-2 lead early in the game, but the Red Raiders made it interesting in the ninth. Texas Tech (13-7, 1-1 Big 12) was trailing 13-4 when it came up to bat in the top of the ninth, but it sent 12 batters to the plate and scored nine runs on nine hits and a walk to keep the game going.
Baylor's first two batters in the bottom half were retired by reliever Aaron Corwin, and lefty Ben Flora came on to try to get the last out of the inning. He hit Max Muncy with his first pitch, and two pitches later Joey Hainsfurther's grounder to shortstop Kelby Tomlinson took a bad hop for a single.
Jerad McCrummen came out of the bullpen to face Ludy, who hit a 1-2 pitch into right field to score Muncy from second base and give the Bears the win.
Flora (0-2) took the loss after allowing one run on one hit and hitting a batter without recording an out. Tyler Bremer (2-1) got the win despite allowing four runs on five hits in 0.2 inning of relief.
Baylor scored 11 runs in the first four innings to take what looked like a commanding lead. The Bears scored two in the first, took the lead with four runs in a wild second inning, and added on one in the third and four more in the fourth.
Texas Tech took an early lead with a pair of runs in the first against Baylor starting pitcher Josh Turley, but the Bears quickly knotted the game in the bottom half of the inning. Muncy fouled off four two-strike pitches before hitting the ninth pitch of his at-bat for a two-run single to score Brooks Pinckard and Logan Vick.
The Red Raiders put together three hits in the second, but they were held scoreless in the inning when Vick threw out Mason Randolph at the plate on Jamodrick McGruder's single. Turley also put up a zero in the third despite a leadoff walk and two hits, thanks in part to a line-drive double play.
Turley allowed two runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 4.0 innings, and Dillon Newman came out of the bullpen to allow two runs on four hits in 2.1 innings. Newman was in line for the win before the Red Raiders' ninth-inning rally.
Baylor took control of the game by plating four runs on one hit in the second, and the only hit was Chris Slater's inside-the-park home run. Two walks sandwiched Landis Ware's sacrifice bunt that was misplayed for an error before Slater hit a low liner to right that skipped past a diving Duke von Schamann and went to the wall.
Brooks Pinckard walked leading off the fourth, stole second base and would've had a steal of third, but Vick was thrown out on the back end of the double steal. However, Pinckard alertly stole home when Vick was tied up with Texas Tech's middle infielders. Ludy later drove a three-run homer just inside the left-field foul pole to extend Baylor's lead to 11-2.
Tech scored one run in both the sixth and seventh innings, but the Bears answered with a run of their own in each bottom half.
Brad Kuntz allowed five runs on five hits in 2.0 innings, and he had a chance to close out the game in the ninth but could only get one out before running into trouble. Bremer came on and got the second out on a run-scoring ground ball that cut the lead to 13-7, but each of the next five batters recorded hits, capped by Bo Altobelli's game-tying two-run single.
Pinckard went 1-for-2, scored three runs, walked three times and stole three bases, while Muncy, Hainsfurther and Ludy had three hits apiece. Ludy tied a career high with five RBI.
Stephen Hagen went 5-for-6 with two RBI and three runs and Altobelli finished 4-for-6 with three RBI for Tech.
The Bears go for the series win when they face the Red Raiders in the finale at 1 p.m. Sunday. Trent Blank is scheduled to take the mound for Baylor against Tech left-handed pitcher Robbie Kilcrease.