March 25, 2008
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WACO, Texas -- Aaron Miller, Adam Hornung and Beamer Weems had three hits each, and Miller homered twice as No. 20 Baylor snapped a three-game losing skid with a 12-4 victory over Houston Baptist in midweek action Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (14-7) have won five straight at home and improved to 11-2 at Baylor Ballpark this season.
It was the second multiple-homer game of the year for Miller and the third of his career. He is the first Baylor player with at least three career multiple-homerun games since Josh Ford had four from 2002 to 2005. Miller also is the first Baylor player with at least two multiple-homerun games in the same season since Ford had three in 2004.
Miller, who snapped an 0-for-12 slump with his first home run of the night, capped a four-run first inning for the Bears with a two-run shot down the line in right. After Houston Baptist (11-13) scrapped for a run in the top of the second, Hornung led off the third with a solo homer to left. Two batters later, Miller laced a two-run homer to right-center, giving the Bears a 7-1 cushion.
Houston Baptist did not go quietly, scoring three runs on four hits in the fourth to pull within three runs at 7-4. Andrew Taccolini's home run to left-center scored the first two runs.
However, Tim Matthews and Nick Cassavechia combined to hold HBU scoreless over the final 5.2 innings. Matthews entered the game with runners on the corners and one out in the fourth and got out of the inning with a strikeout and a groundout.
Shaver Hansen tripled to lead off the fifth and scored on Gregg Glime's sacrifice fly. Hornung's two-run double in the sixth pushed the Bears' lead to 10-4. Miller led off the seventh with a triple off the base of the wall in right-center and later scored on Glime's groundout.
Weems doubled to lead off the eighth, and Jon Ringenberg followed with an RBI single up the middle; it was Ringenberg's first career at bat.
Matthews (1-0) earned the victory in relief; he scattered two hits with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings of scoreless relief. Cassavechia allowed a hit with two strikeouts over 2.0 scoreless innings to close the game. Starter Craig Fritsch allowed four runs on six hits with two strikeouts over 3.1 innings. The threesome combined for no walks on the night; it was the first walk-less game of the season for Baylor pitching.
HBU starter Sean McLemore (1-4) took the loss; he allowed seven runs on six hits and two walks with one strikeout over 2.0-plus innings, facing three batters in the third.
Baylor returns to action Wednesday, hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 4 p.m. CDT. The Bears send right-hander Wade Mackey (2-1, 4.15 ERA) to the mound for his fourth start of the season.
NOTES: Baylor leads the all-time series 2-0. This was the teams' first meeting since April 12, 1994.