April 25, 2010
WACO, Texas - Shawn Tolleson turned in his longest outing in nearly two years, and Raynor Campbell delivered a game-winning, two-run homer to give Baylor a 4-1 win over Nebraska on Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark. With the win, the Bears took the series from the Cornhuskers.
Tolleson (2-5) picked up the win after allowing just one run on seven hits in 7.1 innings - his longest outing since going 7.1 innings at Texas on May 3, 2008.
"I thought it was a very clutch performance. He gave us even more than we would have hoped for," head coach Steve Smith said. "We made plays behind him, and he just pitched a veteran type of game."
Baylor (24-16, 7-9 Big 12) jumped out to an early lead when Max Muncy drove in Tyler Collins with a RBI single in the first. The Cornhuskers nearly got out of the inning unscathed when Joey Hainsfurther hit a grounder to Bryan Peters that could've been a double play, but Collins was in motion on the pitch, and he slid in safely at second base without a throw.
After retiring the first seven batters he faced, Tolleson gave up a one-out double to Bryan Peters in the third, and the Cornhuskers (19-21, 6-12 Big 12) tied the score on Kale Kiser's two-out RBI single.
Nebraska nearly took the lead in the fifth, but Campbell came up with a big defensive play to keep the Cornhuskers off the board. Patric Tolentino doubled with two outs, and DJ Belfonte hit a grounder up the middle that would've scored Tolentino with the go-ahead run, but Campbell made a diving stop to keep the ball from going into center field, and Tolleson got Kiser to pop out to end the inning.
Nebraska starting pitcher Tom Lemke matched Tolleson by putting up zeroes in the fourth and fifth innings, but the Bears broke through with a three-spot in the sixth.
Cal Towey drew his second walk of the day, and Raynor Campbell drilled an opposite-field homer on a 1-2 pitch from Lemke for his sixth longball of the season. Don Lambert doubled with two outs and scored on Landis Ware's RBI single, giving the Bears a 4-1 lead.
Tolleson got three groundouts in the seventh, but he gave up a single to Adam Bailey leading off the eighth. After getting a flyout from Josh Scheffert, Tolleson turned the ball over to Kolt Browder, who retired five of the final six batters to notch the first save of his career.
Campbell went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI, while Collins finished 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Lambert added two hits, a walk and one run scored in his first start since March 5.
Lemke (4-5) took the loss after allowing four runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings. Seven Nebraska batters had one hit apiece.
Baylor returns to action with a midweek home-and-home series against TCU. The Bears and Horned Frogs meet in Fort Worth on Tuesday and at Baylor Ballpark Wednesday. Both games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m.