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Brazos Broom: Baseball Completes Sweep of A&M

Max Garner became the first Baylor pitcher ever to save all three games of a Big 12 series.

(28-12, 9-6) Rank: #2
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Waco, Texas • Attendance: 4,887

(35-7, 18-0) Rank: #6
Runs 5 7
AB 39 31
Hits 11 9
RBI 4 7
BB 1 2
SO 7 5
LOB 9 5

Naquin 4 H 2 Three Players
Two Players 1 2B 1 Ludy/Vick
None -- 3B -- None
None -- HR 1 Ludy
Bolcerek 2 RBI 2 Three Players
None -- SB 1 Evatt/Muncy

W - Smith (2-0) 2.2 2 0 0 2
L - Ray (1-1) 0.1 2 1 1 1
S - Garner (8) 0.2 0 0 0 1

Today's official attendance of 4,887 is the 6th-largest crowd in Baylor Ballpark history ... The two-date attendance total of 10,798 is a new record for a two-date series, surpassing the 9,789 that watched Baylor plays Texas for two games on March 17-18, 2007 ... Baylor extended its winning streak to 24 games - a school and Big 12 Conference record ... The Bears have won 18 consecutive conference games, passing Texas (2010) for the longest conference winning streak in Big 12 history ... Baylor extended its school record by winning its 17th straight game at home, and the Bears are now 24-3 at Baylor Ballpark this season ... Baylor has won 13 of the 24 games in its winning streak by 1 or 2 runs, including 11 of the last 15 games ... Josh Ludy hit his 7th home run of the season (12th career) on the 14th pitch of his at-bat in the first inning - he fouled off 10 straight pitches before the home run ... Max Garner became the first Baylor pitcher ever to save all 3 games of a Big 12 series - he has 7 saves in the last three weekends ... Ludy (career-high 10 games) and Nathan Orf (career-high 8 games) extended hitting streaks ... Dan Evatt (career-high 18 games), Ludy (career-high 16 games), Max Muncy (12 games) and Orf (career-high-tying 11 games) extended on-base streaks ... Lawton Langford's career-long on-base streak ended at 24 games, though he had two sacrifice bunts in the game ... Langford has reached base safely in 35 of 37 games played this season ... Logan Vick drew his 118th career walk, moving him into a tie for 5th on Baylor's all-time list ... Garner is now tied for 5th on Baylor's career saves list with 16 ... Garner's 7 Big 12 saves are 2nd-most ever in a single season at Baylor ... Muncy made his 124th consecutive start at first base; he has started 160 of 161 games since joining the Baylor program ... Vick hit his Big 12-leading 18th double of the season ... Muncy (15th career) and Evatt (5th career) recorded stolen bases ... Vick (47th career), Ludy (40th career) and Orf (35th career) had multi-hit games ... Muncy (35th career), Ludy (27th career) and Evatt (24th career) had multi-RBI games ... Baylor is now 129-180-4 all-time against Texas A&M, including a 70-70 record in games played in Waco and a 30-29 record during the Steve Smith era ... Baylor has won 9 of 16 all-time Battle of the Brazos series in Big 12 play.

April 22, 2012

WACO, Texas - Dan Evatt's two-run single in the sixth erased a 5-4 deficit, and No. 6 Baylor held on for a 7-5 win to complete a series sweep of No. 2 Texas A&M on Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.

With the win, Baylor (35-7, 18-0 Big 12) broke a Big 12 record with its 18th straight conference victory. The Bears have won 24 straight overall, which is the longest winning streak in Big 12 history.

Texas A&M (28-12, 9-6 Big 12) rallied from an early four-run deficit to take the lead with three unearned runs in the top of the sixth, but Baylor quickly regained the lead on Evatt's single in the bottom half of the inning.

"Honestly, I felt that it woke us up," head coach Steve Smith said. "I don't think we were necessarily asleep, but I think we were fatigued. The bats were slow and maybe it took a jolt."

Ryan Smith (2-0) picked up the win with 2.2 innings of shutout relief, and Max Garner recorded the final two outs to earn his eighth save of the season. Garner became the first Baylor pitcher ever to save all three games of a Big 12 series, and he has seven saves in the last three weekends.

The Bears jumped out to an early lead with a four-run outburst in the first inning. Nathan Orf singled and scored on Max Muncy's RBI single, and Josh Ludy fouled off 10 straight pitches before hitting a two-run homer on the 14th pitch of his at-bat against A&M starter Rafael Pineda. Logan Vick followed with a double, and he scored on Cal Towey's two-out RBI single.

"That's about as good of an at-bat as you can have in a game," Smith said. "It was a 14-pitch, two-run home run. Give Pineda a whole lot of credit. The guy threw 40 pitches in the first inning and was still out there."

Baylor starting pitcher Joey Hainsfurther worked are two base runners in each of the first two innings, but the Aggies got on the board for a run with three singles in the third. Hainsfurther stranded the bases loaded in the third and retired the side in order in the fourth. He finished the game with two runs allowed in 4.1 innings.

Texas A&M took advantage of two errors in the sixth to score three unearned runs against reliever Dillon Newman to take a 5-4 lead, but Smith came out of the bullpen and slowed down the A&M offense until turning the ball over to Crayton Bare and Garner to close out the game in the ninth.

Pineda settled in and held 14 straight Baylor batters hitless before Ludy's one-out double in the sixth ended his day. He finished with five runs allowed on six hits in 5.1 innings.

Vick followed Ludy's double with a single against reliever Parker Ray, and he moved to second base on a throw into the infield. That proved crucial, as Evatt singled up the middle to drive in two runs and put the Bears in front 6-5. Ray (1-1) took the loss after allowing one run in 0.1 inning of relief.

The Bears added an insurance run in the seventh on Muncy's RBI fielder's choice, and Crayton Bare came on in relief to face Tyler Naquin leading off the ninth. Naquin had hits in each of his first four at-bats, but Bare retired him on a fly ball, and Garner got a groundout and a strikeout to seal the victory.

Orf, Ludy and Vick had two hits each for the Bears, while Muncy, Ludy and Evatt added two RBI each, and Muncy and Evatt each stole a base.

The Bears return to action with a pair of midweek games against Southland Conference teams. Baylor travels to UTSA for a 6 p.m. game on Tuesday, and then the Bears return home to host UT Arlington for $1 hot dog night at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday. Baylor's last loss came against UTA on March 13.



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