April 14, 2010
WACO, Texas - Baylor broke out for eight runs in the third inning to overcome a 5-1 deficit, and the Bears kept adding on in an 18-8 win over UT Arlington on Wednesday night at Baylor Ballpark.
With the win, Baylor (21-11) extended its winning streak in non-conference games to 12 straight.
"They jumped out on us early and we needed to swing the bat," head coach Steve Smith said. "Clearly, they were down in their pitching, and we were as well. I feel like the guys we were sending out there were more capable. We had more depth, and our guys took advantage of it and swung the bat well."
UTA (15-19) jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the first inning and three more in the third, chasing Baylor starting pitcher Trent Blank from the game.
Blank, who was pitching in a game for the first time in since March 12, did not factor in the decision after allowing five runs on five hits in 2.1 innings.
Michael Choice got the scoring started with his 12th home run of the year, a two-run shot in the first that cleared the scoreboard in left-center field, but Baylor answered with a run of its own in the bottom half.
Logan Vick drew a leadoff walk, Chris Slater singled, and the Bears got on the board when UTA catcher Steffan Guest threw the ball into left field in an attempt to catch Vick on the front end of a double steal.
UTA starter Josh Christenson worked his way out of the jam with the Mavericks still holding a 2-1 lead, and they added on three runs with three singles and a walk in the third to extend their lead to 5-1.
Vick got the Bears going with a double leading off the third, and after Slater was hit by a pitch, Joey Hainsfurther delivered a three-run homer over the right-field wall. That ended Christenson's day in favor of reliever Sam Hansen.
Hansen - the brother of former Bear Shaver Hansen - didn't fare much better. Raynor Campbell reached on a bunt single, and Max Muncy put the Bears on top for good with a two-run homer to right. It was Muncy's 10th home run of the season, moving him past Matt Williams' 1998 season total of nine for the Baylor freshman record.
Jake Miller added a RBI double, Vick singled in a run and the Bears got their eighth run of the inning when Hainsfurther reached on an error, giving BU a 9-5 lead.
Hansen (0-2) took the loss after allowing five runs on six hits in his only inning of work.
Ringenberg (2-0) allowed three runs in the fifth, but only one of those runs was earned. He picked up the win after allowing one earned run on two hits in 2.1 innings of relief.
Kevin Winter worked 1.0 shutout inning, Ross Speed worked around four walks in 1.0 inning of scoreless relief, Crayton Bare retired the only batter he faced and Tom Filip retired the final five batters in order to end the game.
Hainsfurther finished the game 2-for-6 with a home run, a double and four RBI, while Slater went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs and Muncy went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBI.
Jesse Payne had four hits and three runs scored to lead the Mavericks at the plate.
The Bears return to Big 12 conference action this weekend when they travel to Manhattan, Kan. for a three-game set with Kansas State. The Wildcats enter the weekend in second place in the conference standings at 6-3 in league play.