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Price's Pinch-Hit Homer Leads Baseball to Win vs. TCU


(20-18, 8-4) Rank: NR
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 7 1
0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 0

Final Stats

Fort Worth, Texas • Attendance: 3,802
(17-21, 5-8) Rank: NR
Runs 3 2
AB 34 29
Hits 7 5
RBI 3 2
BB 3 4
SO 9 5
LOB 7 7

Two 2 H 1 Five
None -- 2B 1 Hendrix
None -- 3B -- None
Price 1 HR -- None
Three 1 RBI 1 Two
Langford 2 R 1 Two
None -- SB -- None

W - Bare (4-1) 2.0 0 0 0 1 3
L - Young (4-4) 1.0 1 1 1 0 2

Notes: With its 20th win of the season, Baylor has now had 20 or more wins every year since 1972 ... Baylor leads all-time series against TCU 138-110 ... Baylor trails TCU 54-50 all-time in Fort Worth ... Baylor's last win in Fort Worth before Friday was on March 4, 2009 in a 2-1 decision ... The last time teams met in a conference series was in 1996 as TCU claimed a 2-1 Southwest Conference series win in Fort Worth on April 5-7 (3-2, 6-1, 7-17) ... Baylor's last series win over TCU came April 23-24, 1993 in Waco (11-5, 3-6, 8-7) ... Baylor is the only Big 12 team that has yet to lose a league series ... Baylor has won four Big 12 series in a row dating back to last season ... Baylor has won nine of its last 12 games ... Baylor is 2-6 in series openers and 5-5 on Fridays this season with wins in each of its last two ... Lawton Langford has a career-high 29-game on-base streak and an eight-game hitting streak ... Max Garner has three straight starts with at least six innings pitched and two or less runs given up, covering 19.1 innings with 16 hits, six walks and nine strikeouts while giving up four runs ... Mitch Price's ninth-inning pinch-hit home run was the first for Baylor since Wes Mercurio on Feb. 27, 2011 at Georgia.

FORT WORTH, Texas - A ninth-inning pinch-hit home run from Mitch Price lifted Baylor to a 3-2 win over TCU at Lupton Stadium on Friday night. The shot gave the Bears (20-18, 8-4 Big 12) their first win at TCU (17-21, 5-8 Big 12) since 2009 and gave them the first game in the first-ever Big 12 series between the two teams, who each wore red wristbands in support of the town of West, Texas.

"It was a really, really good college baseball game," said BU Head Coach Steve Smith. "Both sides played it well. We are glad to get the win. We are glad to hopefully encourage our friends in West. Even the umpires got into it tonight with the red wristbands. We are praying for them. We know there's a lot of hurt families there and we continue to think about them."

Baylor had just picked up a run in the eighth to tie the game and escaped a TCU scoring situation before Price came to the plate. Pinch-hitting for West Tunnell, the move paid off in a large way for BU Head Coach Steve Smith. After watching a fastball from reliever Alex Young (4-4) go inside for a ball, Price got the same pitch on the inner half for a strike and squared it up with a no-doubt blast to left field into the trees.

"What can you say - some days the buttons you push work," said Smith. "Mitchell certainly got a good piece of the ball, squared it up well. It was a heck of a college baseball game."

Prior to trailing, the Bears jumped out with an early 1-0 lead as Lawton Langford, Nathan Orf and Cal Towey singled to start the game. Towey's RBI single stood only until the third inning, though.

The Horned Frogs manufactured a run in the third on a Jantzen Witte RBI single and scored in the fifth on a Paul Hendrix RBI double to take a 2-1 lead.

In the eighth, Baylor clawed its way into a tie game. Nate Goodwin led off with a swinging strikeout, but a passed ball on the pitch allowed him to reach first. Langford followed with a single. Orf moved both runners over on a ground out to second, setting up Towey. But an intentional walk was issued to Towey in favor of facing Grayson Porter.

For the second time in the game, Porter roped a sharp grounder to third to no avail. TCO's Witte bobbled the ball into foul territory but still had time to throw home for the force and keep the bases loaded.

Jake Miller then managed to hit a chopper back to pitcher Preston Morrison that went off his glove to short stop Keaton Jones, who slipped while corralling the ball and had no play.

Price's homer could've been one to force extra innings or might not have even factored at all if it weren't for Crayton Bare and Miller. After starter Max Garner allowed a leadoff single in the eighth, Bare found himself in a tough situation. He balked the runner to second, but recovered to strikeout Hendrix. Following a Witte ground out and intentional walk, pinch-hitter Josh Gonzales hit a slow roller to short. Miller came charging in, grabbed the ball bare-handed, and threw to first just in time to end the threat.

"Crayton came in and could've got flustered, but he got out of it," Smith said. "He made some pitches."

Bare (4-1) stayed in the game for the ninth and worked a perfect inning to pick up the win. His two-inning, hitless performance with three strikeouts helped get Garner off the hook after a solid effort. Garner threw seven-plus innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

The teams continue the series tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. CT and Sunday at 1 p.m. BU RHP Austin Stone (2-2, 3.95 ERA) and TCU LHP Brandon Finnegan (0-5, 2.39 ERA) are scheduled to throw Saturday while BU RHP Dillon Newman (3-2, 2.83 ERA) and TCU RHP Andrew Mitchell (0-1, 3.16 ERA) pitch Sunday.




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