April 27, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - Joe Weik's walk-off sacrifice fly scored Brance Rivera and gave TCU a 5-4, 10-inning win against Baylor on Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium.
The Bears were one out away from winning the game in the ninth, but Aaron Schultz was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in the tying run and send the game to extra innings.
"It was a really, really good college baseball game," head coach Steve Smith said. "We need to learn something from this. The thing you have to be able to do in this game is control your emotions, and they made it challenging for our guys to do that."
TCU (31-8) looked like it might cruise to a win after building an early 3-0 lead. Taylor Featherston led off the second inning with a double and came around to score on Jerome Pena's RBI single. A two-out error led to two more runs against Baylor starting pitching Jon Ringenberg.
The Bears (24-17) answered with two runs in the fifth when Tyler Collins delivered a two-out, two-run single, and Baylor took the lead when Abel Baker hit his first career homer - a towering two-run shot to right field that put the Bears on top 4-3.
Working with the lead for the first time in the game, Ringenberg got the first two outs of the sixth, and then Kolt Browder was called in from the bullpen with runners on second and third and two outs. Browder induced a grounder to escape the inning with the Bears still clinging to a one-run lead.
Ringenberg worked 5.2 innings and allowed three runs - one of which was earned - on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts. It was Ringenberg's longest outing since pitching 6.2 innings against Minnesota in the Baton Rouge Regional on May 31, 2009.
The Bears carried their 4-3 lead to the ninth, but it took a backhanded flip from Brooks Pinckard to throw out the potential tying run at the plate for the second out of the eighth inning. However, Pinckard wasn't able to escape a jam in the ninth.
A one-out walk was followed by a single, and after Taylor Featherston popped out for the second out, Jerome Pena drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases. Pinckard fell behind in the count against Schultz, and his 3-1 pitch hit the batter, bringing in the game-tying run and sending the game to extra innings.
TCU starter Paul Gerrish allowed four runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings, and Tyler Lockwood held the Bears scoreless on two hits over the next 4.1 innings. He finally got into trouble when the Bears put runners on the corners in the 10th, but Matt Purke came on in relief and got Josh Ludy to ground out to end the threat.
Pinckard hit the first two batters in the 10th, and a sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position. Weik followed with a drive to left-center that was caught by a diving Logan Vick, but the freshman outfielder had no chance to catch Rivera tagging up from third base.
Baker, Vick, Collins and Max Muncy had two hits each for the Bears, while Bryan Holaday led the Horned Frogs at the plate with two doubles among his three hits.
Pinckard (1-2) took the loss after allowing two runs on one hit in 2.1 innings. Purke (7-0) picked up the win by getting the final out in the top of the 10th on two pitches.
The Bears will look to rebound in a rematch with TCU at Baylor Ballpark on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Willie Kempf is scheduled to start for Baylor, and TCU plans to start right-hander Greg Holle.