April 7, 2004
WACO, Texas - A nine-run fifth inning erased a 2-1 deficit, and Drew Sutton hit Baylor's third grand slam of the season as the Bears defeated Texas-Arlington 13-2 Wednesday night at Baylor Ballpark. Baylor (13-18) has won three straight and four of its last five. UTA falls to 19-13.
Sutton's home run, his fifth of the season, capped the nine-run fifth and was the Bears' seventh hit in the frame. Baylor's three grand slams have come in the past seven games. Sutton had a single earlier in the inning, Baylor's highest scoring inning since a nine-run seventh in a 22-3 victory Feb. 14, 2001 against Texas State. Mike Pankratz added a two-run single in the fifth.
Baylor tallied 17 hits as a team, one shy of the season high; the Bears had 15 singles and a Seth Fortenberry double to go along with Sutton's homer.
Ryan LaMotta (1-3) earned the victory after tossing 2.0 innings of one-hit scoreless relief. Starter Andy Pape allowed two runs on four hits with two strikeouts in 4.0 innings. Zane Carlson, Cory VanAllen and Jeff Mandel closed out the game for the Bears, pitching one scoreless inning each.
Baylor took an early lead thanks to a first-and-third balk in the bottom of the second. However, UTA answered with two runs on three consecutive two-out hits in the top of the third. After a Kasey Baker infield single, Aaron Battle and Darrell Preston followed with back-to-back doubles down the line in right.
UTA starter and former Baylor hurler Derek Brehm allowed one run on two hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 2.0-plus innings before leaving the game with muscle spasms. Mark Lowe (0-4), the Mavericks' first of four relievers, took the loss, allowing seven runs on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 2.2 innings.
Baylor returns to action this weekend, hosting Oklahoma State for a three-game Big 12 Conference series at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears and the Cowboys meet Friday at 7 p.m. CDT, followed by a 6 p.m. start Saturday and a 2 p.m. first pitch in Sunday's finale.
Notes: Baylor now holds a 65-25 advantage in its all-time series with UTA, the ninth most-played series in the program's history. The Bears are 39-10 against the Mavericks in Waco and 19-5 against UTA under head coach Steve Smith. ... Baylor has collected 10 or more hits in seven of its last nine and 10 of its last 13 games. ... The Bears have at least one double in 16 straight games. ... Baylor moves to 12-4 this season when scoring five or more runs. ... Reid Brees saw his career-long 11-game hitting streak end Wednesday, going 0-for-4 with and RBI and two fielders' choices. ... Michael Griffin extended his season-long hitting streak to 10 games, while Mike Pankratz pushed his streak to five games. ... Wednesday was Baylor's first errorless game since a 5-0 victory March 20 against Texas A&M (nine games).