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Late-Inning Offense Propels Bears Past Houston 12-6

LHP Cliff Springston struck out four in 3.0 innings of relief work to earn the victory in Tuesday's 12-6 win over Houston.

LHP Cliff Springston struck out four in 3.0 innings of relief work to earn the victory in Tuesday's 12-6 win over Houston.

April 3, 2007

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WACO, Texas -- Baylor scored nine runs in its final three at bats to overcome a one-run deficit en route to a 12-6 victory over Houston in Tuesday night's non-conference baseball action at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (17-14) have won 12 consecutive Tuesday games and 19 consecutive Tuesday home games against unranked opponents.

 

Trailing 4-3, Baylor scored two runs on a hit and a Houston (15-13) error in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead. The Bears added four runs on three hits and another Houston error in the seventh. The Cougars plated a pair of runs in eighth, but Nick Cassavechia struck out Chris Wallace with runners at second and third to end the Houston threat. Baylor tacked on three runs on five hits in the eighth to cap the scoring.

 

Cliff Springston (2-3) earned the victory in relief, allowing two runs, one earned, on one hit and two walks with four strikeouts over 3.0 innings. Starter Wade Mackey allowed three runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk in 4.0 innings. Cassavechia allowed a hit with three strikeouts over 1.1 scoreless innings for his fifth save of the season.


 

 

 

Houston reliever Chris Wright (2-1) was saddled with the loss; he surrendered both runs in the sixth, one of which was earned, on a hit and two walks with one strikeout. Starter Donnie Joseph allowed three runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 4.1 innings.

 

Baylor took the game's first lead thanks to Aaron Miller's two-run homer in the first. Beamer Weems pushed the Bears' lead to 3-0 with a two-out RBI single in the third.

 

Houston answered with three runs on two hits and a Baylor error in the third. The Cougars took a 4-3 lead in the fifth on another Baylor error. With runners at first and second and one out, Baylor appeared to get out of the jam with a double-play ball. However, second baseman Shaver Hansen's throw to Weems at second sailed into left field, allowing Ryan Lormand to score from second on the play.

 

That set the stage for the pivotal sixth. Seth Hammock led off with a double off the top of the wall in left. Hansen lay down a sacrifice bunt, attempting to push Hammock to third. Wright fielded the bunt cleanly, but his throw to third base sailed down the left-field line. Hammock scored and Hansen ended up at second on the play. A groundout pushed Hansen to third, and he later scored on a wild pitch. Baylor never trailed again.

 

Eight Baylor starters had at least one hit and all nine starters reached base safely. Hammock, Miller, Ben Booker and Chase Gerdes had two hits each. Booker, Miller and Hammock all had two-RBI games.

 

Baylor returns to action this weekend, hosting No. 19 Oklahoma for a three-game Big 12 Conference series at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears and the Sooners open the series Thursday at 7 p.m. CDT in a game that will be televised nationally on CSTV. The series continues Friday at 6:30 p.m. and concludes Saturday at 2 p.m.

 

NOTES:  Baylor leads the all-time series 84-60, including a 35-27 advantage in games played in Waco and an 18-15 advantage during head coach Steve Smith's tenure. Tuesday's win snapped Baylor's three-game skid against Houston. ... Cassavechia's save was the 13th of his career, tying Jason Jennings and Ryan LaMotta for fourth place on Baylor's career saves list. ... Matt Sodolak's first-inning single extended his career-long hitting streak to 12 games, the longest by a Bear since Kevin Russo's 12-game run to conclude the 2006 season. Miller (six games), Gerdes (five games), Booker (five games), Weems (four games) and Raynor Campbell (three games) also extended hitting streaks. Miller's ties his career-long streak. ... Miller's first-inning home run was Baylor's first round-tripper in the first inning this season.
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