April 8, 2003
ARLINGTON, Texas -
After No. 16 Baylor scored four runs in the first inning, Texas-Arlington scored 10 unanswered runs and held on to beat the Bears 10-8 Tuesday night at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Baylor (23-13, 6-6 Big 12) outhit UTA (22-15, 10-2 Southland) 14-11 and scored four runs in the final two innings, but the Bears also stranding a season-high 14 runners on the night.
The Bears jumped on top early, scoring four runs in the first on an RBI single by Josh Ford and a three-run homer by Michael Griffin. Baylor threatened to add more in the top of the second, loading the bases with one out, but UTA escaped the inning as Ross Bennett struck out and Michael Griffin flew out to center.
Instead, it was the Mavericks who went to work against Baylor starter Sean Walker (5-3). UTA scored three times in the bottom of the second, once in the third and twice in the fourth. Walker lasted only 3-plus innings, allowing four hits, four walks and five runs.
Ryan LaMotta took over for Walker after the sophomore walked the first batter in the fourth. LaMotta struck out the next two batters, but shortstop Aaron Batlle connected for a two-run homer that gave the Mavs a 6-4 lead.
Reliever Josh Condon (2-1) held the Bears at bay for 3 1/3 innings, striking out four while allowing no runs on two hits. Baylor seemed to be rallying against the Mavs' next pitcher, Blake Pierson, in the sixth, putting runners on first and second with one out.
Ford lined a pitch from Pierson just foul down the right-field line, then drove another line drive up the middle that looked to be at least an RBI single. Second baseman Chris Taylor snared the ball with a full-out leap, however, and doubled off the runner at second to end the inning.
UTA added four more runs in the seventh off LaMotta, Tyler Bullock
and Trey Taylor
before yet another reliever, Andy Schnizer
, ended the inning with the Bears trailing 10-4.
Baylor scored a single run in the eighth, as Chris Durbin walked, took third on a bloop single by David Murphy and scored on a wild pitch.
Kyle Reynolds slugged his first collegiate home run in the ninth, a three-run shot that brought the Bears within two at 10-8. The Mavericks brought in closer Mike Snapp, who gave up a double to David Murphy and an infield hit to Josh Ford before inducing a groundout from pinch-hitter Zach Dillon to end the game.
Baylor continues a five-game road stretch on the weekend at Oklahoma State. First pitch Friday in Stillwater is set for 6 p.m.
NOTES: Taylor made his first relief appearance of the year after nine starts... Bennett struck out three times on the night, marking the first game he has struck out more than once this season... The Bears' loss snapped a six-game winning streak against the Mavericks, including two wins earlier this season... Smith's record against UTA dropped to 18-4 for his career... Schnizer set new season- and career-highs, throwing 1 1/3 innings and recording three strikeouts.