WACO, Texas - No. 15 Baylor could not overcome an early 5-0 deficit as the Bears dropped a 9-3 decision to Houston in midweek action Tuesday at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears fall to 19-12 on the season with the loss, while the Cougars improve to 13-16.
Houston scored two runs in the second on a Bryan Pounds two-run single. The Cougars added three runs in the third on a Dustin Kingsbury RBI single, a Kori Williams RBI double and a Brett Logan run-scoring groundout.
Josh Ford put Baylor on the board in the bottom of the third with a two-out, two-run homer to left-center, his fourth round-tripper of the season. However, the Cougars pulled away with two runs in the fifth, followed by single spots in the sixth and seventh innings. The Bears plated the game's final run in the bottom of the ninth on a Kevin Sevigny sacrifice fly.
Houston starter Kevin Roberts (3-1) earned the victory, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts in 6.0 innings, Roberts, normally a weekend starter for the Cougars, was able to pitch Tuesday's game because of Houston's rain-shortened Conference USA series last weekend at Cincinnati.
Baylor starter Andy Pape (1-1) suffered the loss in his first start of the season. He allowed five runs on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 2.1 innings.
"We faced a guy today who was too good for us to fall behind 5-0 against," Baylor head coach Steve Smith said. "They're starting a weekend guy - probably their best weekend guy - and we're starting a guy who's just trying to get his feet wet."
Baylor returns to action this weekend, hosting KansasState for a three-game Big 12 Conference series at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears and the Wildcats meet Friday at , Saturday at and Sunday at
NOTES: Baylor leads the all-time series 83-58, including a 34-27 advantage in games played in Waco. The Bears are 17-13 against Houston during head coach Steve Smith's tenure. ... The Bears fall to 3-4 on Tuesday. ... Ford extended his hitting streak to seven games, matching his season long and the longest by a Bear this season. ... Michael Griffin and Gerdes also extended streaks, both to three games, while Paul Witt saw his three-game streak end. ... Ford has now reached base safely in 26 consecutive games and in 30 of 31 games this season. ... Ford's home run was the 78th extra-base hit of his career, passing David Murphy (2001-03) for sole possession of 10th place all-time at Baylor. ... Ford also passes Murphy for 10th place on Baylor's all-time list with 364 total bases.