April 28, 2010
WACO, Texas - Baylor jumped out to an early six-run lead and never looked back, as the Bears scored 14 runs on 19 hits to knock off 11th-ranked TCU, 14-4, in 8 innings on Wednesday night at Baylor Ballpark.
Raynor Campbell and Joey Hainsfurther each collected four hits, while Chris Slater and Hainsfurther both knocked in four runs and Campbell scored four times Baylor (25-17). Tyler Collins added three hits, and Dan Evatt had a home run, a double and three runs scored.
Kempf (5-2) allowed just two runs on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks in 5.0 innings to pick up his team-leading fifth win of the season.
"Willie was really sharp," head coach Steve Smith said. "I would have kept him out there had the game been closer. It really worked out well because we got just about what we needed to get from him to still have him for the weekend."
TCU (31-9) starting pitcher Greg Holle gave up a four-spot in the first and couldn't escape more trouble in the second inning.
Campbell, Collins and Hainsfurther delivered consecutive singles to get the Bears on the board, Evatt drove in another run with a two-out double, and Slater knocked a two-run single through the middle of the infield.
Holle was chased in the second inning after giving up a pair of singles to the first three batters he faced, and Collins greeted reliever Trent Appleby with a RBI single. Hainsfurther then beat a throw to first base on a potential double play, allowing Campbell to score and give the Bears a 6-0 lead.
Holle (2-1) took the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits in 1.1 innings.
Kempf gave up a solo homer to Bryan Holaday in the third, but Evatt answered with a solo shot of his own in the bottom half of the inning, and the Bears further extended their lead with four more runs in the fourth, starting with Hainsfurther's run-scoring bunt single on a squeeze play. Slater capped the inning with his second two-run single of the night.
Kempf cruised through the fourth and got the first out in the fifth before TCU sent five straight pinch hitters to the plate. Relly Mercurio hit a two-out RBI single to give the Horned Frogs their second run against Kempf.
Josh Turley worked the sixth and seventh innings on the mound for Baylor. He allowed a two-run homer to Aaron Schultz, but rebounded to retire his final five batters and record four strikeouts in 2.0 innings of work.
Holaday and Jerome Pena each had two hits to lead the Horned Frogs at the plate.
Baylor reliever Ross Speed worked around a leadoff double in a scoreless eighth inning, and Don Lambert hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning to give the Bears a 14-4 lead and end the game due to the run rule.
The Bears return to Big 12 action this weekend when they take on No. 2 Texas in the annual split series. Friday night's game is at Baylor Ballpark at 6:30 p.m., and the series concludes at Disch-Falk Field with Saturday's 8 p.m. game and Sunday's 2 p.m. finale. Both games in Austin will be televised.