April 7, 2010
WACO, Texas - Willie Kempf worked 3.2 innings of solid relief to pick up his fourth win of the season as Baylor knocked off Northwestern State, 15-3, Wednesday night at Baylor Ballpark.
For the second consecutive game, the Bears (17-10) fell behind 2-0, but just like Tuesday night's win against Texas State, Baylor got on the board in the bottom of the third and didn't trail the rest of the way.
Northwestern State (19-9) took an early lead on Eric DeBlanc's second-inning sacrifice fly, and the Demons made it 2-0 on Stephen Gandy's RBI single in the third.
BU starter Josh Turley handed the ball to Kempf after allowing two runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings, and Kempf escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam to keep the Bears within two.
Baylor took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third. Gregg Glime drew a walk, Landis Ware singled and Logan Vick walked to load the bases. Brooks Pinckard brought in a run when he was hit by a pitch, and Joey Hainsfurther put the Bears on top with a two-run single.
Kempf worked a 1-2-3 fourth inning, and then he worked his way out of another bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth.
DeBlanc led off the sixth with a triple and scored on Chase Lyles' RBI single to even the score at 3-3, but the Bears took the lead for good with six runs in the bottom half of the inning.
NSU starting pitcher Brett Fredieu did not factor in the decision after working 5.0 innings and allowing three runs on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
The Bears drew four walks and sent 11 batters to the plate in their six-run sixth inning. Pinckard drove in the go-ahead run with a RBI single, and Campbell and Max Muncy added RBI singles. Glime capped the inning with a two-run single, putting Baylor on top 9-3.
Baylor added on two runs in the seventh and four in the eighth. Cal Towey's pinch-hit, two-run triple put the final runs on the board, as Jon Ringenberg and Tom Filip combined to hold the Demons scoreless over the last three frames.
Andrew Adams (1-3) took the loss by allowing three runs in 0.1 inning of relief for NSU.
Pinckard went 3-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and two stolen bases, and Hainsfurther, Campbell and Muncy each had two hits for the Bears. The Demons were led by Gandy, who finished 3-for-3 with one RBI.
The Bears return to action with a three-game series against rival Texas A&M this weekend. Friday's game will be played in College Station, while the final two games will be at Baylor Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the first two games, and Sunday's finale starts at 2 p.m.