April 6, 2010
WACO, Texas - Kolt Browder turned in 5.0 innings of stellar relief to lead Baylor to a 12-3 win over Texas State on Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark.
Browder came on with two runners on and no outs in the second inning and Baylor (16-10) already two runs behind Texas State (17-10). The redshirt freshman got out of the jam on just seven pitches and proceeded to retire each of the first nine batters he faced.
Brooks Pinckard got the Bears started in the third with a bunt single, and Joey Hainsfurther followed with another single. One out later, Max Muncy got Baylor on the board with a sacrifice fly, and Tyler Collins tied the game at 2-2 with a RBI single.
Browder needed just 11 pitches each in the third and fourth innings. He gave up his first hit in the fifth inning, but quickly erased the runner with a groundball double play and got through the inning with just seven pitches thrown.
The Bears took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the fifth. Collins and Jon Ringenberg delivered back-to-back RBI singles, giving Baylor a 4-2 lead.
Browder finally ran into trouble in the sixth when Kyle Kubitza singled with one out and Jeff McVaney hit a two-out single. Shaun Garcia followed with a RBI single, but McVaney was thrown out at the plate in a bizarre play as he tried to score the tying run.
Logan Vick was attempting to throw Kubitza out at the plate, but his throw sailed to the backstop. Browder recovered the ball and threw to Hainsfurther at third to try to get McVaney as he rounded the base. Browder's throw went into left field, where Vick picked it up and fired a strike to Gregg Glime at the plate.
Glime was waiting with time to spare as McVaney plowed into him, prompting the home plate umpire to eject McVaney, per NCAA rules. The out ended the inning with the Bears still on top 4-3, and Baylor added on four runs in the bottom half.
Raynor Campbell drove in a run on a fielder's choice, Muncy knocked his second sacrifice fly of the night, and Ringenberg delivered his second RBI single, giving Baylor an 8-3 advantage.
Browder turned the ball over the Craig Fritsch, who notched his second save of the season by working effectively for the final three innings.
Browder (3-1) picked up the win after allowing one run on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts in a career-long 5.0 innings. He had only pitched more than 1.0 inning once before, when he went 3.0 innings in his first collegiate outing.
Texas State's Brian Borski (1-5) took the loss after allowing four runs on nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
Fritsch stranded six baserunners over the final three frames to get the save. He allowed five hits and struck out one in 3.0 shutout innings.
Jake Miller capped the scoring with the first homer of his career in the eighth, a pinch hit, three-run moonshot to left field.
Ringenberg finished the night 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI, while Muncy, Pinckard, Hainsfurther and Collins added two hits apiece for the Bears. The Bobcats were led at the plate by Garcia and Andrew Stumph, who both went 2-for-4 and drove in a run.
The Bears return to action Wednesday night at Baylor Ballpark when they host Northwestern State. The game against the Demons was a late addition to the schedule to make up for the two cancelled games at Oklahoma. Season ticket holders can get in by showing their season-ticket ID cards. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.