April 7, 2009
WACO, Texas — Shaver Hansen was 4-for-4 with four RBI, and Josh Ludy was 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBI as seventh-ranked Baylor rolled to an 18-1 victory over Northwestern State in seven innings Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark. Baylor (21-8) tallied 20 hits on the night, knocking 20-plus hits in a game for the third time this season and for the second consecutive game.
Northwestern State (14-14) managed only five hits, one of which was Justin O’Neal’s one-out solo homer in the fourth. By that point, though, the game already was out of hand. The Bears scored four runs on four hits in the first inning and never looked back. Hansen got the scoring started with an RBI single. Later in the inning, Ben Booker and Dan Evatt had consecutive RBI singles, and Ludy plated Booker on an RBI fielder’s choice.
The Bears blew open the game with a 10-run, 11-hit third inning that featured Raynor Campbell’s two-run homer and Ludy’s three-run homer. It was Campbell’s third home run in two games after hitting two round-trippers in Sunday’s series finale at Kansas. Ludy, who also had a one-out single in the inning, and Booker each had two hits in the third inning; Booker opened the frame with a double and later knocked an RBI single. The Bears sent 13 batters to the plate and scored nine-plus runs in an inning for the fourth time this season.
Meanwhile, Baylor starter Jon Ringenberg (2-0) turned in the best start of his career. He held Northwestern State to a run on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts over 6.0 innings. Ross Speed closed out the night on the mound with a perfect seventh inning, ending the game with a strikeout.
Northwestern State starter Clayton Cooper (0-4) was saddled with the loss, allowing 13 runs on 14 hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 2.2 innings.
Baylor added a run in the fourth on Hansen’s single that plated Landis Ware, who opened the inning with a double. It was Hansen’s sixth hit in as many at bats dating back to Sunday’s game at Kansas. Hansen, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, had seven RBI in those six at bats.
The Bears capped the scoring with a three-run fifth, all of which came with two outs. Ludy ripped a bases-empty, two-out double and later scored on Joey Hainsfurther’s pinch-hit RBI single. After Campbell, who walked, scored on a wild pitch, Chris Slater doubled home Hainsfurther for the 18th run of the night. The game was called after seven innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
All nine Baylor starters hit safely and each starter scored at least once. Dustin Dickerson was 2-for-3 to extend his career-long hitting streak to 15 games, the third-longest in the Big 12 this season. Booker was 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and two RBI; like Hansen, Booker has hit safely in each of his last six at bats with six RBI and six runs scored. Dan Evatt was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while Campbell scored twice.
Baylor returns to action Wednesday, hosting Dallas Baptist for a 6:30 p.m. CDT first pitch at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears send right-hander Trent Blank (1-0, 8.10 ERA) to the mound, while DBU counters with southpaw Chris McMullen (4-1, 5.81 ERA).
NOTES: Baylor leads the all-time series 10-7, including a 7-4 edge in games played in Waco. … This was the teams’ first meeting since March 8, 2005, when Northwestern State defeated the Bears 5-4 at Baylor Ballpark. … The Bears’ three 20-hit games this season are the most by a Baylor team since the 2003 squad accomplished the feat five times. … Booker (five games), Evatt (four games), Aaron Miller (four games) and Ware (three games) all extended hitting streaks.