April 19, 2008
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WACO, Texas -- No. 19 Texas A&M hit five home runs en route to an 11-1 victory over Baylor in Saturday night's Big 12 Conference game at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (23-16, 8-9) have lost three straight games for the third time this season; Baylor has not suffered a four-game skid since 2006. The Aggies (32-7, 14-3) clinched the series with the victory after winning Friday's series opener 2-1 at College Station.
Darby Brown's one-out solo homer to right in the second broke a scoreless tie, but it was a six-run third that did in the Bears. Kyle Colligan led off the inning with a home run to left. After Blake Stouffer struck out looking, Dane Carter walked, and Jose Duran followed with a two-run homer to right-center. Texas A&M capped the inning with a Brian Ruggiano RBI single, a Ben Feltner RBI triple and a Kevin Gonzalez RBI single.
Baylor had a chance to immediately answer in the bottom of the inning. Beamer Weems and Jon Ringenberg had back-to-back singles to start the frame, and Gregg Glime advanced both with a sacrifice bunt. Shaver Hansen was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. However, Raynor Campbell grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Ruggiano led off the fifth with a homer to left-center. A three-run sixth capped the Aggies' scoring on the night. Duran was hit by a pitch to open the inning, and Luke Anders followed with a two-run round-tripper to right-center.
The Bears cracked the scoreboard in the seventh when Adam Hornung hit the first pitch of the inning over the wall in left-center; it was his fourth homer of the season and extended his hitting streak at Baylor Ballpark to 15 games.
Texas A&M starter Barret Loux (3-1) picked up the win; he held Baylor scoreless on a pair of hits and two walks with five strikeouts over 5.0 innings. Hank Robertson surrendered Hornung's home run, two singles and a walk with four strikeouts over the final 4.0 innings for his first career save.
Baylor starter Shawn Tolleson (4-2) took the loss; he allowed six runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts over 2.2 innings.
The series concludes Sunday at 2 p.m. CDT. Baylor sends right-hander Willie Kempf (5-1, 3.71 ERA) to the mound. Texas A&M counters with right-hander Clayton Ehlert (5-2, 3.00 ERA).
NOTES: Texas A&M leads the all-time series 144-113-1; Baylor maintains a 72-68 advantage in games played in Waco. The Bears are 21-17 against the Aggies since the inception of the Big 12 in 1997, including a 20-15 edge in regular-season meetings. Baylor is 24-20 against Texas A&M during head coach Steve Smith's tenure. ... Texas A&M tied a Baylor Ballpark record for home runs by a visiting team; Oklahoma also had five homers in a 16-12 Baylor victory April 23, 1999. ... Hornung (five games) and Ringenberg (four games) both extended hitting streaks. Dustin Dickerson (five games) and Shaver Hansen (four games) both saw hitting streaks end. ... Campbell saw his 11-game hitting streak in Big 12 play end.