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Muncy's Double Gives Baseball 8-6 Win, Series Sweep

Crayton Bare struck out the only batter he faced to earn his second win of the season.

Crayton Bare struck out the only batter he faced to earn his second win of the season.

6
KANSAS
(10-13, 0-3) Rank: NR
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
0 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 6 10 0
2 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 8 12 2

Box Score

Waco, Texas • Attendance: 2,481

8
BAYLOR
(18-7, 6-0) Rank: NR
STATS COMPARISON
Runs 6 8
AB 31 30
Hits 10 12
RBI 5 8
BB 4 4
SO 10 5
LOB 9 8

STAT LEADERS
DeLeon 3 H 4 Muncy
None -- 2B 1 Three Players
None -- 3B -- None
DeLone 1 HR 1 Evatt
Elgie 2 RBI 2 Three Players
None -- SB 1 Miller/Vick

PITCHING
IP
H
R
ER
SO
W - Bare (2-0) 0.1 0 0 0 1
L - Poppe (0-3) 0.2 1 2 2 1

POSTGAME NOTES
Baylor's last five starting pitchers combined for 27.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run - that streak ended in the 5th inning ... Baylor's 6-0 start in Big 12 play is the Bears' best start in the conference's 16-year history ... Baylor has its longest winning streak of the season at 7 games; the Bears started the year 6-0 ... Baylor homered in back-to-back games for the first time since hitting home runs in 6 straight May 14-21, 2011 ... Lawton Langford (career-long 9 games), Max Muncy (6 games) and Jake Miller (5 games) extended hitting streaks ... Logan Vick (15 games), Cal Towey (13 games), Langford (10 games) and Muncy (9 games) extended on-base streaks ... Muncy has reached base safely in 15 consecutive Big 12 games dating back to the 2011 season ... Langford has reached base safely in 21 of 22 games played this season ... Muncy had his 3rd career 4-hit game ... Nathan Orf was hit by a pitch for the 13th time this season, moving him into a tie for 6th on Baylor's single-season list ... Dan Evatt hit his 1st home run of the season and the 18th of his career in the 3rd inning ... Vick hit his Big 12-leading 12th double of the season in the 7th inning ... Vick drew his 113th career walk - he needs just 10 more to crack the Big 12's all-time top 10 ... Miller (1st season, 5th career) and Vick (5th season, 22nd career) each stole a base... Muncy made his 107th consecutive start at first base; he has started 143 of 144 games since joining the Baylor program ... Langford (11th career), Muncy (52nd career) and Vick (42nd career) had multi-hit games ... Muncy (30th career), Towey (14th career) and Evatt 21st career) had multi-RBI games ... Baylor is 15-3 at home this season and 53-21 in its last 74 games at Baylor Ballpark ... Baylor is now 45-10 in the all-time series against Kansas, including a 24-3 mark in games played in Waco and a 40-10 record during the Steve Smith era ... Baylor has won 13 of 16 series against Kansas in Big 12 play (only losses in 1997, 2010 and 2011) - this was the 8th time Baylor swept a three-game series against Kansas, and the Bears also won both games in a shortened series in 2004.

March 25, 2012

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WACO, Texas - Max Muncy's fourth hit of the day was a two-run double to break a 6-6 tie, and one pitch later the game was called due to a travel curfew as Baylor completed a three-game sweep of Kansas with an 8-6 win on Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.

With the sweep, Baylor (18-7, 6-0 Big 12) is off to its best start in Big 12 history, and the Bears have swept back-to-back Big 12 series for the first time since April of 2005.

"For Max (Muncy) to get the base hit at the time he got it, a lot of times spots in this league are separated by half games, so this one will be interesting to look back on when the season's over and see just how big it really was," head coach Steve Smith said. "Obviously it sends us home feeling very good."

The game was only tied when Muncy came up to bat because of a clutch pitch from reliever Crayton Bare. With the score tied 6-6, the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the eighth, Bare was called in from the bullpen to face James Stanfield. Bare (2-0) threw a 3-2 curveball for a called strike three to end the threat and pick up his second win of the season.

Baylor's game-winning rally in the eighth started when Jake Miller led off with a four-pitch walk and moved to second on Michael Howard's sacrifice bunt. Nathan Orf was then hit by a pitch, and after Kansas (10-13, 0-3 Big 12) closer Tanner Poppe (0-3) got a strikeout for the second out, Muncy drilled a two-run double down the right-field line.

Muncy finished the game 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Dan Evatt hit a two-run homer, and Cal Towey went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Logan Vick and Lawton Langford added two hits apiece and both scored one run.

The Bears built a 6-1 lead through the first three innings, but Kansas battled back with four runs in the fifth and tied the game on a Alex DeLeon solo homer in the seventh.

Baylor starter Max Garner didn't factor in the decision after allowing two earned runs on four hits with five strikeouts in 4.1 innings. Dillon Newman allowed one run in 3.0 innings of relief for the Bears.

Josh Ludy's RBI double in the first got the Bears on the board, and Towey added a sacrifice fly to give Baylor a 2-0 lead. Miller singled leading off the second and scored on Orf's sacrifice fly, and the Bears added three more runs in the third on Towey's RBI groundout and Evatt's two-run homer.

Kansas scored an unearned run in the third without the benefit of a hit. Michael Suiter was hit by a pitch and moved to second when Tucker Tharp reached on a fielding error. Kevin Kuntz followed with a line drive to right that fell in front of Logan Brown, but Brown was able to throw Tharp out at second base and Suiter came around to score on the throw.

Baylor's last five starting pitchers combined to build a streak of 27.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run before Kansas broke through in the fifth.

The Jayhawks sent nine batters to the plate in the fifth and scored four runs on four hits and a walk to cut the Bears' lead to 6-5. Newman came out of the bullpen with two outs in the inning and struck out Suiter to leave the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base.

Kansas starter Wes Benjamin did not factor in the decision after allowing six runs on nine hits over 4.2 innings. Robert Kahana worked 2.1 shutout innings of relief before Poppe took the loss with two runs allowed in 0.2 inning.

Baylor returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Cougar Field for a 6:30 p.m. game against Houston. Senior Joey Hainsfurther is expected to start on the mound for the Bears as they look to extend their winning streak to eight games.


 

 

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