Freshman Mark McCormick struck out a career-high nine batters in Baylor's 22-4 win Tuesday.
April 22, 2003
WACO, Texas - No. 21 Baylor put together its highest-scoring game in two years Tuesday night, beating No. 29 TCU 22-4 at Baylor Ballpark.
Freshman starter Mark McCormick (4-2) struck out a season-high nine batters for Baylor (28-16), pitching six complete innings. McCormick allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits, walking two.
The Bears put together 26 hits on the night, tying the highest total ever allowed by TCU (26-16). Horned Frog starter Chris Osentowski (4-4) took the loss, allowing the first six Baylor runs.
Only one of six TCU pitchers escaped unscathed Tuesday night as the Bears scored in every inning but the seventh. Baylor's 22 runs were the team's highest total since a 22-3 win over Southwest Texas on Valentine's Day, 2001.
Leadoff hitter Chris Durbin recorded five hits in a game for the second time in a week and a half, going 5-for-5 with three RBI and four runs scored. The senior centerfielder led off the game with his team-leading 15th home run of the year and later added his 15th double of the season.
David Murphy, the Bears' No. 2 hitter, was 4-for-5 with four runs scored and three RBI. Like Durbin, Murphy included a double and a homer among his hits, and raised his Big 12-leading average to .430.
Freshman Andy Pape pitched the seventh and eighth innings, striking out a season-high four batters without allowing a hit or run. Sophomore Trey Taylor gave up one run on hit in the ninth, striking out one. The Bears' 14 strikeouts as a pitching staff tied the team's season high.
The Bears hit the road on the weekend, heading to Lawrence for a three-game set with Kansas. Game times are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
NOTES: Nine of Durbin's 15 home runs have been solo shots, including three times he has led off a game with a home run... Durbin tied the school career extra-base hit record, matching Jon Topolski's 116 extra-base hits... Durbin also moved into a tie for fourth on the Baylor career charts with Fritz Connally with 38 career home runs... Baylor is averaging 10.8 runs per game for the month of April, hitting .359 as a team with 28 home runs in 13 games, yet the team is just 6-7 for the month.