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Baseball Stumbles against Lamar, 7-3

March 30, 2011

 Lamar (18-10) 7, #19 Baylor (16-10) 3

Box Score | Quotes | Highlights

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
0 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1 7 9 0
0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 8 1
W - Gilligan (2-0) 1.1 1 0 0 0 0
L - Bare (0-1) 2.1 1 2 2 1 3
S - Trimm (1) 1.1 0 0 0 1 1
Batting Leaders
BU - Towey 4 2 1 0 0 0
BU - Evatt
4 2 0 1 1 0
LU - Buchanan 4 2 3 0 2 0
Notes:  The Bears are 0-8 this season when scoring three or fewer runs in a game and 16-2 when scoring four or more ... Baylor pitchers walked 10 batters in a game for the first time since walking 10 in a win on March 9, 2008 at Mississippi State ... Baylor is 33-12 in its last 45 games at Baylor Ballpark, including an 18-5 mark in non-conference games ... Baylor is 41-29-1 in the all-time series against Lamar, including a 22-10 mark in games played in Waco ... Nate Goodwin and Dillon Newman made their first career starts ... Max Muncy has produced a run (RBI or run scored) in nine straight games ... Muncy had his hitting streak snapped at four games, but Cal Towey extended his hitting streak to four ... Towey has had multiple hits in each game of his four-game hitting streak ... Towey (15th career), Brooks Pinckard (35th career) and Dan Evatt (15th career) had multi-hit games ... Pinckard is now 24-for-26 on the season and 53-for-59 in his career stealing bases ... Pinckard's 24 steals this season are the most by a Baylor player since Anthony Hensley stole 32 in 2000 ... Pinckard is tied with Chase Gerdes (53) for ninth on Baylor's career steals list ... Chris Slater is now 7-for-8 stealing bases in his career.
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WACO, Texas - Six Baylor pitchers combined to walk 10 batters and hit two more, helping Lamar score in five different innings on its way to a 7-3 win over the Bears on Wednesday night at Baylor Ballpark.

With the loss, Baylor (16-10) lost consecutive regular-season games for the first time since May 1-2, 2010. Lamar (18-10) used seven different pitchers in the victory, none of which recorded more than four outs.

"I just thought we were bad pitching and that set the tone," head coach Steve Smith said. "We got a really crisp top of the first but it just went downhill from there."

John Gilligan (2-0) picked up the win for the Cardinals after allowing one hit in 1.1 innings of shutout relief. Crayton Bare (0-1) took the loss for Baylor, though his 2.1 innings pitched were the most of Baylor's six pitchers. He allowed two runs on one hit, walked one and struck out three.

Dillon Newman made his first career start for Baylor and allowed one run in 2.0 innings of work. Lamar struck first after Newman walked the first two batters in the second, allowed a one-out single, and hit Andrew Dewey with a pitch to bring in Joey Latulippe.

The Bears responded and took their only lead of the night with two runs in the bottom of the third. Max Muncy led off the inning with his second walk of the game, Dan Evatt doubled down the left-field line, and Jake Miller followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game. Cal Towey's two-out RBI single gave the Bears the lead, but Baylor wouldn't score again until the eighth inning.

Lamar tied the game in the fourth on Aaron Buchanan's bases-loaded walk from Trae Davis. Bare came on in relief and struck out Jeff Abt to strand three runners on base, but Lamar took the lead for good in the sixth.

"We are just not going to win games like that," Smith added. "I know our players know that, and I know that our pitchers involved know that. They have pitched a ton. Why we walk so many batters, I don't know."

Bare hit the leadoff batter, then allowed a double to Kevin Roebuck. Buchanan put Lamar in front with a run-scoring groundout, and Abt's squeeze bunt extended the Cardinals' lead to 4-2.

Baylor put two runners in scoring position in the bottom half of the inning, but couldn't capitalize. Both teams missed opportunities to put up crooked numbers, with Lamar stranding 14 and Baylor leaving 13 runners on base.

Lamar added two more runs in the seventh to extend its lead to 6-2. Baylor got a run back in the eighth when Brooks Pinckard delivered his second consecutive single to score Landis Ware. Pinckard also stole two bases, giving him 24 on the year - the most by a Baylor player since Anthony Hensley stole 32 in 2000.

Towey had his fourth consecutive two-hit game and drove in a run, while Evatt went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Buchanan led Lamar at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two walks and three RBI. Roebuck added a solo homer with two outs in the ninth to put the final run on the board.

"I thought (Evatt) swung the bat pretty well, and that is good to see," Smith said. "It is also good to see Cal Towey get a couple of hits and kind of get himself going a little bit. Hopefully we are seeing what we saw last year with him, where he got off to a slow start and then when he finally got going he was really good. Confidence is everything, and I would like to instill some in some of our guys. We have a few who look like they just don't have any confidence."

Baylor returns to Big 12 Conference play this weekend when it travels to Lawrence, Kan. for a three-game series against Kansas. The Bears send Logan Verrett to the mound at 6 p.m. in Friday night's series opener at Hoglund Ballpark.



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