April 23, 2008
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SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Each Baylor starter collected at least two hits, and the Bears established a school record for runs in a road game in a 25-13 victory at Texas State in eight innings Wednesday night at Bobcat Field. Baylor (24-18) snapped a five-game losing streak with the win, its seventh straight against Texas State (24-16).
After Texas State scored five runs on four hits and a Baylor error in the second, the Bears posted a four-spot in the top of the third. The Bobcats answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning, extending their lead to 7-4. That was the last lead Texas State would enjoy, though, as Baylor plated four runs in the top of the fourth to take a 9-7 lead and never trailed again.
The Bears went on to score at least two runs in each of the final six innings, including an eight-spot in the top of the eighth. After Texas State did not score in the bottom of the eighth, the game was called due to the mercy rule (10-run lead after seven-innings). Baylor scored in six straight frames for the first time since doing so in the first six innings of the April 22, 2003, game against TCU.
Aaron Miller led the offensive onslaught for Baylor, going 4-for-6 with three doubles and five RBI. Ben Booker was 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI. Raynor Campbell went 2-for-4 with four RBI and two sacrifice flies. Dustin Dickerson, Shaver Hansen and Adam Hornung each tallied three RBI, while Dickerson, Hornung and Brooks Kimmey each had three hits. Hansen, Jon Ringenberg and Beamer Weems added two hits each.
Much of Baylor's offensive success was due to the last two batters in the order getting on base consistently. Ringenberg, who batted eighth, was 2-for-3 with three walks and five runs scored; he lead off and reached safely in three consecutive innings. Kimmey, who batted ninth, was 3-for-3 with three walks and five runs scored.
Erik Forestiere (2-0) picked up the victory in relief; he allowed two runs on four hits and three walks with one strikeout over 2.2 innings.
Texas State starter Kane Holbrooks (2-4) took the loss after allowing nine runs on 11 hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 3.1 innings.
Baylor returns to action this weekend, hosting eighth-ranked Nebraska for a three-game Big 12 Conference series at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears and the Huskers meet Friday at 6:30 p.m. CDT, Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Saturday's game will be televised nationally on Fox College Sports.
NOTES: Baylor leads the all-time series 40-14, including an 8-3 advantage in games played at San Marcos. The Bears are 27-9 against Texas State during head coach Steve Smith's tenure. ... Hornung (eight games), Miller (four games) and Dickerson (three games) all extended hitting streaks; Hornung's is a career-long streak. ... Hornung also has hit safely in 10 consecutive non-conference games, all midweek contests. ... Weather conditions were mostly cloudy, 88 degrees, wind south 20-25 with gusts to 31.