April 11, 2010
WACO, Texas - Senior captains Gregg Glime and Willie Kempf hadn't won a series against Texas A&M in their previous three tries at Baylor, so it was only fitting they both played major roles as the Bears knocked off the Aggies, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark. The win gave the Bears a series win in the Battle of the Brazos for the first time since 2006.
Baylor (19-11, 5-5 Big 12) won a game with just two runs for the first time since winning 2-1 at TCU on March 4, 2009. The Bears' pitching staff held the Aggies (20-9-1, 6-4-1 Big 12) to just one earned run in each of the three games of the series.
Kempf got the start on the mound for the Bears, and though he didn't factor in the decision, he held the Aggies to just one run on four hits in 5.1 innings. A&M didn't score a run until Kempf had turned the ball over to his bullpen with two runners on and one out in the sixth.
Kempf had escaped trouble twice earlier in the game. The Aggies had two runners on with one out in both the second and third innings, but the senior right-hander worked his way out of both jams, and he got some help from his defense to escape another jam in the fifth.
Scott Arthur led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a flyout. Adam Smith hit a sharp grounder to Joey Hainsfurther, who made a diving stop, looked Arthur back to third and threw out Arthur at first for the second out of the inning.
Kempf then got Brodie Greene to fly out to keep the game scoreless, but back-to-back walks with one out in the sixth ended his day.
Kolt Browder came on in relief and hit Matt Juengel with a pitch to load the bases. Kevin Gonzalez then drew a walk to break the scoreless tie, but Browder bounced back by getting Arthur to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Baylor quickly tied the game with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Logan Vick's one-out single broke a streak of 11 straight batters retired by A&M starter Michael Wacha, and Vick was able to advance to second on Brooks Pinckard's ground out because he was in motion on the pitch.
Hainsfurther again came up big, this time with a RBI single through the right side the scored that evened the score at 1-1.
Jon Ringenberg came on in relief for the Bears and retired the side in order in the top of the seventh, and the Bears came up with the game-winning run in the bottom half of the inning.
Aggie reliever John Stilson was summoned from the bullpen and quickly struck out the first two batters he faced. Tyler Collins then poked an infield single to shortstop to bring Gregg Glime to the plate with the potential go-ahead run on base.
Glime drilled a double to the gap in right-center field, and because Collins was running on the pitch, he was able to score easily from first base to give the Bears a 2-1 lead.
Ringenberg went back out for the eighth and worked his way around a one-out walk by getting a groundball double play to end the inning, and Brooks Pinckard came on to start the ninth.
Matt Juengel led off the inning with a single up the middle, but Ringenberg got Gonzalez to fly out to right for the first out. Pinch hitter Joaquin Hinojosa laced a liner up the middle, but Raynor Campbell made a leaping catch for the second out, and Pinckard got Adam Wood to fly out to Collins in right to end the game.
Ringenberg (1-0) got the win with 2.0 innings of no-hit relief, while Pinckard notched his eighth save of the season - enough to tie the Baylor sophomore saves record held by Nick Cassavechia and Zane Carlson.
Stilson (6-1) suffered his first loss of the season by allowing one run on three hits in 2.0 innings of relief. Wacha did not factor in the decision after holding the Bears to one run on four hits in 6.0 innings.
Hainsfurther finished 3-for-4 with one RBI, while Collins went 2-for-3 and scored the game-winning run. Arthur and Juengel had two hits apiece for A&M.
The Bears return to action with a pair of midweek games against UT Arlington. Baylor travels to Arlington for Tuesday's game, and then the teams head to Baylor Ballpark for a rematch on Wednesday. Both games start at 6:30 p.m.