April 26, 2011
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Brooks Pinckard held UTSA to one run in 5.1 innings pitched in his first career start, and Lawton Langford broke the game open with a two-run double as Baylor knocked off UTSA, 5-1, on Tuesday night at Wolff Stadium.
Baylor (22-20) got 3.2 innings of scoreless relief from Jon Ringenberg and Max Garner, while Pinckard (3-2) earned the win after tying a career-high with six strikeouts in the longest outing of his career. Pinckard allowed only four hits - all singles - and walked two in 5.1 innings.
"I was proud of (Pinckard). I thought he competed and threw a lot of strikes," head coach Steve Smith said. "I pushed him, and he was out there for 90 pitches. I just wanted to see what we could get out of him on the mound. I thought for his first time out there he did pretty well."
UTSA (19-23) held Baylor to seven hits on the night, but the Bears' pair of runs in the first inning proved to be all the offense they would need. The Roadrunners issued eight walks and Baylor left 13 runners on base in the game.
Chris Slater led off the game with a walk and came home to score when Dan Evatt's two-out flyball to shallow center field fell in for a double. After Cal Towey drew a walk, Josh Ludy laced a RBI single through the left side to give Pinckard a 2-0 lead before he threw his first pitch.
Pinckard retired the side in order in four of the first five innings, but the Roadrunners took advantage of three singles and a walk to score a run in the third. With the tying run on third base and only one out, Pinckard got an infield popup and a groundout to escape the jam with Baylor still leading 2-1.
Pinckard again ran into trouble in the sixth when UTSA put two runners on with one out, but Ringenberg came out of the bullpen and needed just four pitches to get the next two batters and keep the Bears in front.
Baylor was held off the board until it broke the game open with three runs in the seventh. Evatt led off with a single, Towey drew his third walk of the game and Joey Hainsfurther's sacrifice bunt pulled the first baseman off the bag to load the bases with no outs.
Jake Miller followed with a sacrifice fly, and Langford ripped a two-out double just inside the left-field line to score a pair of runs and give Baylor a 5-1 lead.
"That is really the only key hit we got all game," Smith said. "Lawton did a great job of just keeping the bat on the ball going the other way with it. That is what he has to do."
UTSA starter Michael Kraft (1-3) took the loss after allowing two runs on three hits with five walks in 4.0 innings.
Ringenberg worked around a leadoff single in a scoreless seventh and retired the side in order in the eighth before turning the ball over to Garner for the last three outs. Garner issued a leadoff walk, but Logan Vick made a highlight-reel catch in right-center field for the first out. Vick had a pair of diving catches in his first career start in center field.
After a single put the potential tying run in the on-deck circle, Garner got a flyout and a groundout to end the game.
Evatt finished 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI, while Miller went 2-for-3, drew a walk and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Daniel Rockett had half of UTSA's six hits in a 3-for-4 effort.
The Bears return to action this weekend when they travel to Lincoln, Neb. for a three-game series against Nebraska. First pitch in the series opener is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Friday night at Haymarket Park.