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Baseball Runs Streak to 16 with 8-7 Win vs. ULM

Michael Howard went 4-for-4 with three runs and a stolen base.

(16-17) Rank: NR
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 7 7 1
3 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 X 8 14 0

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Waco, Texas • Attendance: 2,511

(27-7) Rank: #8
Runs 7 8
AB 33 34
Hits 7 14
RBI 7 7
BB 5 2
SO 6 4
LOB 6 7

Clowers 2 H 4 Howard
Two Players 1 2B 1 Evatt/Muncy
None -- 3B -- None
None -- HR -- None
Sy 3 RBI 2 Towey/Vick
Aulds 1 SB 1 Howard/Toth

W - Newman (2-1) 2.1 1 0 0 3
L - Richardson (0-4) 3.0 6 4 4 0
S - Garner (3) 1.0 1 1 1 0

Baylor's 16-game winning streak is its 2nd-longest in program history - 4 short of the school-record 20-game streak in 1985 ... Baylor's 16-game streak is the nation's longest active streak and tied for the 4th-longest in Division I this season ... The Bears have won 13 straight home games and are 20-3 at Baylor Ballpark this season ... Max Garner recorded his 11th career save, which ranks 8th in program history ... Dan Evatt (career-high-tying 10 games), Adam Toth (6 games), Max Muncy (4 games) and Logan Vick (4 games) extended hitting streaks ... Cal Towey (22 games), Toth (13 games) and Evatt (10 games) extended on-base streaks ... Muncy made his 116th consecutive start at first base; he has started 152 of 153 games since joining the Baylor program ... Michael Howard had his 1st career 4-hit game ... Howard (4th career) and Toth (4th career) recorded stolen bases ... Muncy (54th career), Vick (43rd career), Evatt (26th career) and Howard (5th career) had multi-hit games ... Towey (16th career) and Vick (12th career) had multi-RBI games ... Baylor is now 7-3 in the all-time series against Louisiana-Monroe, including a 4-1 mark in games played in Waco and a 5-2 record during the Steve Smith era.

April 11, 2012

WACO, Texas - Baylor held off a ninth-inning rally to extend its winning streak to 16 games with an 8-7 win against Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.

The eighth-ranked Bears (27-7) built an 8-3 lead heading to the ninth inning, but Louisiana-Monroe (16-17) scored four runs and had the potential tying run on base when Jake Miller made a tough play deep in the hole at shortstop to end the game.

"The reason (the winning streak) is continuing is because we're playing consistent baseball," head coach Steve Smith said. "We've had some luck, but everybody does in this game. I just think we've been consistent and we've had decent pitching for the most part."

Max Garner was charged with one of the four runs in the ninth inning, but he picked up his third save of the season. Dillon Newman (2-1) earned the win for Baylor after working out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning and tossing 2.1 shutout innings in relief.

Freshman Michael Howard went 4-for-4 and scored three runs for the Bears, and Cal Towey had a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth that provided two insurance runs that would prove to be necessary.

Logan Vick had two hits and two RBI, while Max Muncy went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored and Dan Evatt also had two hits and one RBI in the game.

ULM starter Andrew Richardson (0-4) took the loss after allowing four runs on six hits in 3.0 innings. Baylor freshman Austin Stone did not factor in the decision after allowing three runs on three hits in 3.2 innings in his third career start.

The Warhawks jumped out to an early lead by manufacturing a run in the top of the first, but the Bears took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom half of the inning on RBI from Vick, Evatt and Jake Miller. Baylor extended its lead to 4-1 in the fourth when Muncy led off with a double and scored on Vick's RBI single.

Stone retired 10 straight batters after a single leading off the game, but he ran into trouble in the fourth after two walks and a single loaded the bases. Brandon Alexander's two-out, two-run single ended Stone's day, but Newman came out of the bullpen and worked out of the jam to keep the Bears in front at 4-3.

Howard led off the bottom of the fourth with a single and scored on Nate Goodwin's RBI single. Goodwin, who was making his first career start at catcher, also drew a crucial walk in the eighth inning.

Howard and Steve DalPorto singled with one out in the eighth, and Goodwin's walk loaded the bases, setting up Towey's two-run single that gave the Bears an 8-3 lead.

Newman held the Warhawks scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings, and Trae Davis allowed only a single in 2.0 shutout innings of relief.

"We had been able to get back in it and expand the lead a little bit, so it was a good time to go get Trae Davis," Smith said. "I thought his first inning was lights out. His adrenaline was pumping and that's a good thing for him. He was pumping strikes and getting after it."

Miles Landrycame on to start the ninth inning, but he handed the ball to Garner after allowing a single and two walks to the first three batters. Garner induced a fielder's choice ground for the first out, and after a walk reloaded the bases, he got a grounder to DalPorto at second base for the second out. Jeremy Sy followed with a two-run single, but Joey Rapp grounded out to Miller to end the game.

The Bears put their 16-game winning streak and perfect 12-0 record in Big 12 play on the line when they play a three-game series at Kansas State this weekend. All three games will be televised, with Friday and Sunday games on Fox College Sports (FCS) and Saturday's game on Fox Sports Kansas City.



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