WACO, Texas - Logan Verrett turned in a four-hit complete game to lead Baylor to its biggest win over No. 23 Texas A&M in the 107-year history of the series, as the Bears knocked off the Aggies, 13-1, Saturday night at Baylor Ballpark.
With the win, Baylor (18-11, 4-5 Big 12) evened the series against Texas A&M (20-9-1, 6-4-1 Big 12).
Verrett (4-2) set a new career high with 13 strikeouts - the last 12 of which were swinging - and pitched 2.0 innings longer than any previous outing in his career.
The sophomore right-hander held the Aggies scoreless on two hits through the first seven innings, but Kevin Gonzalez and Tyler Naquin delivered back-to-back doubles with one out in the eighth to break up the shutout.
With the help of some solid defense, Texas A&M starter Ross Stripling (3-2) held the Bears scoreless through the first three innings.
Logan Vick led off the third inning with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch. With one out in a scoreless game, the Aggies brought the infield in, and Brodie Greene snagged Joey Hainsfurther's grounder, spun and threw Vick out at the plate to keep the Bears off the board.
Verrett's defense stepped up as well, as Hainsfurther made a nice bare-handed play and Max Muncy saved a run when he made a leaping catch on Joe Patterson's liner to end the Aggies threat in the fourth.
The Bears finally broke the stalemate with some situational hitting in the bottom half of the fourth. Tyler Collins reached on a two-out single and moved into scoring position with a steal of second base.
With Collins on the move again, Landis Ware knocked a RBI single through the hole left open as A&M third baseman Caleb Shofner went to cover the base.
The Bears broke the game open with four runs in the fifth. Hainsfurther led off with a single, and after Raynor Campbell moved him into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, Stripling turned the ball over to Estevan Uriegas out of the bullpen.
Uriegas got Muncy to flyout, but Josh Ludy delivered a two-out pinch single to put the Bears on top 2-0. Collins drew a walk, and Glime knocked a three-run homer over the wall in left-center field, putting the Bears on top 5-0.
Stripling took the loss after allowing two runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
Verrett went back to work in the sixth, setting the Aggies down in order with two strikeouts. He again worked a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh, but A&M finally got to him with two doubles in the eighth.
Baylor got three runs in the bottom half of the seventh. Glime knocked a RBI triple off the wall in center field, Ware collected his second RBI single and Hainsfurther drove in a run with a single.
Glime's triple gave him his third hit of the day and moved him within a double of the cycle, but he drew a walk in his final plate appearance. Hainsfurther's single was also his third hit of the day; he finished 3-for-5 with a run and one RBI, while Glime went 3-for-3 with three runs, two walks and four RBI.
The Bears broke out the bats again for five runs in the eighth, including Cal Towey's two-run homer, and Verrett was greeted with an ovation from the crowd as he went back out to the mound for the ninth.
A one-out walk threatened Verrett's chances of finishing the game, but he bounced back and struck out the final two batters to notch the Bears' first nine-inning complete game since April 24, 2009.
Verrett allowed one run on four hits with two walks and 13 strikeouts in 9.0 innings to get the win.
The Bears look to win the Battle of the Brazos when they meet the Aggies for the series finale at 2 p.m. Sunday at Baylor Ballpark.