April 24, 2007
SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Tim Jackson's first of two three-run home runs keyed an eight-run sixth as Baylor overcame an early deficit to defeat Texas State 13-4 in seven innings Tuesday night. Baylor (23-19) earned its third win in as many games this season against Texas State (29-14).
Trailing 2-1 through five innings, Baylor batted around in both the sixth and seventh innings to build a 13-2 lead. Texas State scrapped for a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh. Prior to the first pitch of the eighth inning, home plate umpire Doug Williams ordered the teams off the field due to lightning in the area. After a 20-minute wait, the game called due to inclement weather.
Baylor starter Tim Matthews (1-2) earned the victory; he allowed two runs on seven hits and no walks with three strikeouts. Willie Kempf pitched the final two innings for his second save of the season.
Texas State leadoff batter Thomas Field gave the Bobcats an early lead with a home run in the bottom of the first. That lead held until the top of the third when Ben Booker hit what appeared to be a two-run home run over the centerfield wall. However, Booker passed base-runner Paul Miles just past first base; as a result, Booker was awarded an RBI single and was called out at first. David Wood put Texas State back in the lead with a solo home run to left-center in the bottom of the third.
Baylor took control of the game in the sixth, though. Raynor Campbell's sacrifice fly tied the game, and Dustin Dickerson later drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Bears a 3-2 lead. After Matt Czimskey's two-run double off the base of the left-field wall, Jackson blasted a three-run homer to left-center. The round-tripper was Jackson's first since March 10 and snapped a 3-for-21 skid for the senior co-captain. Baylor added another run on a wild pitch to cap the inning.
Jackson and the Bears were not finished, though. Chase Gerdes started the seventh inning with a double down the line in left and later scored on a wild pitch. Following two walks, Jackson belted another shot over the left-center wall. It was the first two-home run game of Jackson's career; he has five home runs this season after no home runs in 157 at bats last season.
Texas State out-hit Baylor 12-10, but the Bears made good use of 10 walks. Booker was 4-for-5 with a run and two RBI, recording the first four-hit game and the first two-double game of his career. Miles added two hits, two walks and three runs in four plate appearances. Every Baylor batter reached safely at least once, including Dickerson who walked three times.
Baylor returns to action Wednesday, hosting Prairie View A&M for a 6:30 p.m. CDT first pitch at Baylor Ballpark. This is a schedule addition to replace the March 13 rainout against Winthrop; tickets for the March 13 game will be honored for Wednesday's game.