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Baseball Blanks Aggies, 1-0, Clinches Series

Trent Blank improved to 9-0 on the season with a career-high 8.0 shutout innings.

(28-11, 9-5) Rank: #2
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Waco, Texas • Attendance: 5,911

(34-7, 17-0) Rank: #6
Runs 0 1
AB 31 28
Hits 5 6
RBI 0 1
BB 0 2
SO 7 5
LOB 4 7

Five Players 1 H 2 Three Players
Arthur 1 2B 1 Toth
None -- 3B -- None
None -- HR -- None
None -- RBI 1 Muncy
Naquin 1 SB -- None

W - Blank (9-0) 8.0 4 0 0 6
L - Stripling (6-2) 7.2 6 1 1 5
S - Garner (7) 1.0 1 0 0 1

Tonight's attendance of 5,911 set a new Baylor Ballpark record, surpassing the previous mark of 5,602 vs. Texas on April 17, 2004 ... Baylor extended its winning streak to 23 games - a school and Big 12 Conference record ... The Bears' 23-game streak passed Kentucky for the longest winning streak by any Division I team this season ... Baylor's 17-game winning streak in Big 12 Conference games ties the longest in league history (Texas in 2010) ... Baylor set a school record by winning its 16th straight game at home, and the Bears are now 23-3 at Baylor Ballpark this season ... Baylor has won 12 of the 23 games in its winning streak by 1 or 2 runs, including 10 of the last 14 games ... Baylor improved to 10-0 this season in games started by Trent Blank ... Blank worked a career-long 8.0 innings and tied his career high with 107 pitches thrown ... Josh Ludy (career-high 9 games), Nathan Orf (7 games) and Adam Toth (4 games) extended hitting streaks ... Lawton Langford (career-high 24 games), Dan Evatt (17 games), Ludy (15 games), Max Muncy (11 games) and Orf (10 games) extended on-base streaks ... Cal Towey had his career-long on-base streak snapped at 28 games ... Langford has reached base safely in 35 of 36 games played this season, including all 17 Big 12 games ... Baylor head coach Steve Smith was honored prior to the game for becoming Baylor's all-time wins leader with his 650th win on Tuesday ... Baylor men's basketball player Quincy Acy threw out the ceremonial first pitch ... Max Garner recorded his 6th Big 12 save this season, tying him for 2nd-most in a single season in school history ... Garner's 15 career saves rank 6th in school history, and his 12 career Big 12 saves rank 2nd in Baylor history ... Muncy made his 123rd consecutive start at first base; he has started 159 of 160 games since joining the Baylor program ... Ludy (39th career), Orf (34th career) and Toth (5th career) had multi-hit games ... Baylor is now 128-180-4 all-time against Texas A&M, including a 69-70 record in games played in Waco and a 29-29 record during the Steve Smith era.

April 21, 2012

WACO, Texas - Trent Blank pitched a career-long 8.0 shutout innings to lead No. 6 Baylor to a 1-0 win over No. 2 Texas A&M in front of a record crowd of 5,911 on Saturday night at Baylor Ballpark.

The win gave Baylor (34-7, 17-0 Big 12) its 23rd consecutive win, which set a new Big 12 Conference record, and the Bears tied the league record with their 17th straight conference victory.

"I thought that we couldn't have had a better guy on the mound for us than Trent in a game like this, with this kind of crowd, and with this kind of atmosphere," head coach Steve Smith said. "I think (Ross) Stripling was tremendous, and both guys gave the fans and their teams all they had. It was just a phenomenal college baseball game."

Baylor also clinched the series over Texas A&M (28-11, 9-5 Big 12) to record their ninth straight Big 12 series win dating back to last season.

Blank (9-0) won his 11th straight decision after allowing just four hits with no walks and six strikeouts in 8.0 innings. Max Garner record his seventh save by working around a leadoff single in the ninth inning. Garner also saved Friday's win in College Station, and he's now saved two games in each of the Bears' last three conference series.

Max Muncy's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning provided the only run of the game, as Baylor defeated a ranked team 1-0 for just the second time in program history - the Bears won by the same score against No. 7 Texas on May 17, 1995.

The 5,911 fans in attendance broke the previous record of 5,602 fans that watched Baylor play Texas on April 17, 2004.

Texas A&M starter Ross Stripling (6-2) took the loss after allowing one run on six hits in 7.2 innings. The only run scored against him came in the fifth when Adam Toth and Nathan Orf singled with one out, Lawton Langford walked to load the bases and Muncy followed with a game-winning sacrifice fly.

Toth, Orf and Josh Ludy had two hits each to account for all six of Baylor's hits. Five different Texas A&M players had a hit apiece, with Scott Arthur's double going as the only extra-base hit.

Blank cruised through the first five innings, facing the minimum of 15 batters. He allowed a one-hit single in the first, but followed that up with a double-play grounder, starting a string of 14 consecutive batters retired.

After a one-out single in the sixth, Arthur doubled to give the Aggies two runners in scoring position with one out. Blank got Mikey Reynolds to ground to Cal Towey at third base, and Towey fired home to Ludy to cut down Blake Allemand at the plate. Blank then induced a popout to get out of the inning, and he allowed only an infield single in his final two innings of work.

"The guys want to win. They just want to win, and they don't want to win any differently on the first pitch and the last pitch," Smith said. "They're just playing the game, and that's so gratifying to see. To be able to perform at your best when your best is needed and people want to see your best, it's just exceptional. I'm proud of them."

Blank threw 74 of his career-high-tying 107 pitches for strikes and faced just three batters over the minimum in 8.0 innings of work. His previous long outing was 7.0 innings.

The Bears go for their sixth consecutive Big 12 series sweep when the teams meet for the series finale at 2:05 p.m. Sunday at Baylor Ballpark.



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