April 1, 2003
WACO, Texas - Baylor batters hit a season-high four home runs Tuesday night to fuel a 10-3 win over Texas-San Antonio at Baylor Ballpark.
The 10th-ranked Bears (23-9, 6-3 Big 12) took advantage of a strong win blowing straight out to center and scored their 10 runs on 11 hits. Six Baylor pitchers combined to strike out 11 Roadrunners as the Bears improved to 16-0 all-time against UTSA (14-15, 3-6 Southland).
Sophomore Michael Griffin homered in the first and again in the sixth inning for his first career two-homer game. Chris Durbin slammed a solo homer in the fourth, his team-leading ninth of the year, and Ross Bennett knocked out a two-run shot in the fifth.
Durbin had a possible second home run pulled back in the sixth inning when rightfielder Phillip Gentry reached over the wall and snagged Durbin's long fly ball.
Griffin finished the night 3-for-5 with three RBI; Bennett also drove in three with a single and a homer. Josh Ford, spending the night in the designated hitter position instead of behind the plate, scored three times and drove in two runs with a sixth-inning double.
Freshman Mark McCormick (3-1) started the game on the mound and pitched the first three innings, striking out five Roadrunners to go with two hits and no walks. Head coach Steve Smith had determined before the game that McCormick would go no more than three innings, so he received the win.
Fellow freshman Tyler Bullock pitched the fourth and fifth innings, allowing two unearned runs on two hits. Bullock struck out two batters, bringing his season total to nine strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Andy Pape started the sixth inning on the mound, but gave up three hits and one run while recording just one out. Yet another freshman, Ryan LaMotta, took over on the mound and induced a double play to escape the inning. LaMotta finished out the seventh inning, then was followed by Andy Schnizer and Zane Carlson, who each recorded a scoreless frame.
UTSA starter Jesse Bradley (1-1) took the loss after giving up three unearned runs in two innings. Roadrunner shortstop Ryan Crew and first baseman Shane Menn each went 3-for-4, but the rest of the team was a combined 4-for-34 on the night.
The Bears head to Austin Friday to face 12th-ranked Texas at Disch-Falk field at 6:30 p.m., then return to Waco to conclude the series, hosting the Longhorns Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.