April 21, 2010
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Texas State sent 10 batters to the plate in a five-run first inning, and the Bobcats cruised to a 9-3 win over Baylor on Tuesday night at Bobcat Baseball Stadium.
Baylor (22-15) jumped out to an early lead when Brooks Pinckard doubled and Tyler Collins delivered a two-out RBI single in the top of the first, but that would be the only run the Bears would score until the game was out of reach in the ninth.
Baylor starting pitcher Crayton Bare failed to record an out against the Bobcats (22-13). The freshman lefty issued three walks and allowed a RBI single to Jason Martinson that tied the game at 1-1. Tom Filip came on in relief with the bases loaded and gave up a three-run double to Kyle Livingstone and a sacrifice fly to Daniel Neumann, giving Texas State to a 5-1 lead.
Bare took the loss after allowing four runs on one hit with three walks in his first career start.
Filip retired the side in order in the second, and Ross Speed came on in relief to start the third. TSU added two runs in the third on Kyle Kubitza's two-run homer, and an unearned run in the fourth to extend its lead to 8-1.
The Bears got a pair of runs in the ninth when Collins drew a walk and Cal Towey knocked a home run into the parking lot beyond the right-field wall, but the Bears couldn't get any closer.
Texas State starting pitcher Mitchell Pitts (3-0) earned the win in his first start of the season. He held the Bears to four hits and struck out seven in a career-long 7.0 innings of work.
"As tough as it is to get down early, we weren't facing Nolan Ryan," head coach Steve Smith said. "We just didn't have a good night offensively. Some of that is the guys in the lineup who are not getting regular at-bats, and they are still pressing a little bit."
Smith took the opportunity to give regular position starters Max Muncy, Raynor Campbell, Gregg Glime and Joey Hainsfurther a game off with the Bears in the middle of a four-week stretch with five games in every week.
Logan Vick and Collins had two hits apiece for the Bears, while Pinckard's double and Towey's homer accounted for the only other Baylor hits. Kubitza finished 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI for Texas State.
The Bears used six different pitchers in the game. Filip allowed one run in 2.0 innings, Browder allowed one run in 1.0 inning of work, Speed gave up three runs in 1.2 innings of relief, and Willie Kempf retired the side in order in his lone inning of work.
Baylor resumes Big 12 Conference play when it hosts Nebraska for a three-game series this weekend. First pitch for Friday's game is at 6:30 p.m., while Saturday's game is schedule for 3 p.m. and Sunday's finale is at 1 p.m.