April 15, 2003
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Josh Ford recorded his first career two-homer game and Zane Carlson closed out the game to tie the Big 12 career saves record as Baylor defeated Southwest Texas 12-8 Tuesday night.
Baylor (26-14) won for the third time in four games, scoring double-digit runs for the fourth game in a row. Southwest Texas (19-20) saw a three-game win streak snapped with the loss.
Ford's towering home run to left in the bottom of the first inning off SWT starter Michael Gultz (0-2) gave the Bears a 2-0 led in the first, and David Murphy singled in two runs in the second to improve that score to 4-0.
Southwest Texas scored three times in the second off Baylor starter Trey Taylor to get back in the game. Taylor walked the first two batters of the inning, and after a strikeout, gave up back-to-back doubles as the Bobcats cut the lead to 4-3. Ryan LaMotta took over for Taylor and escaped the inning with the 4-3 lead after a strikeout and a groundout.
The Bears took a 9-3 lead in the fourth as each of the first five batters reached base and scored. Ross Bennett and Michael Griffin put together back-to-back, two-run doubles, and Kyle Reynolds drove home Griffin with an RBI groundout as Baylor batted around, building the lead to six
LaMotta gave up a solo home run to leadoff hitter Ignacio Suarez in the fifth, then allowed an infield single and a walk with one out before head coach Steve Smith brought in Andy Pape (1-0) from the bullpen. Designated hitter Cory Covert, the first batter to face Pape, launched a three-run homer to right-center to cut the Bears' lead to 9-7.
Pape got through the fifth, then worked out of trouble in the next two innings. The Bobcats left the bases loaded in the sixth, and stranded two more runners in the seventh.
Ford slammed his second home run of the day in the eighth, another long shot that rolled into dead centerfield in the adjacent Bobcat Softball Field and gave Baylor a 10-7 lead.
Tyler Bullock started the eighth inning on the mound for Baylor and gave up an unearned run, leaving the game with runners on the corners and two outs when Zane Carlson took the mound for Baylor. Carlson got Aaron Perdue to fly out to left, stranding the tying runs.
Murphy drove in two insurance runs in the ninth with a two-out single, upping the Bears' lead to 12-8, and Carlson struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save of the year.
The save was the 28th of Carlson's career, tying the Big 12 Conference career saves record held by Oklahoma's Jeff Bajenaru (1999-2000). The junior reliever already holds the Baylor single season record, the Baylor career record and the Cape Cod League career record.
The Bears return home to host Missouri this weekend at Baylor Ballpark. First pitch Friday is set for 7 p.m.