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Baseball Completes Sweep of Texas with 5-2 Win


(22-20, 5-13) Rank: N/A
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 7 1
0 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 X 5 10 1

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Waco, Texas • Attendance: 3,539

(24-20, 11-6) Rank: NR
Runs 2 5
AB 36 31
Hits 7 10
RBI 2 5
BB 2 2
SO 7 4
LOB 10 7

Weiss 2 H 2 Three
None -- 2B 1 Three
None -- 3B -- None
None -- HR -- None
Two 1 RBI 2 Towey
Two 1 R 2 Langford
None -- SB 1 Miller

W - Smith (2-3) 6.2 6 2 2 1 3
L - Thornhill (2-5) 6.1 7 3 3 1 3
S - Bare (3) 1.0 0 0 0 1 3

Notes: Baylor is four games over .500 for the first time all season and has its second four-game winning streak of the season ... Baylor swept Texas for the third time in Big 12 play (1998 and 2005) ... Baylor notched its first series sweep of the season and first since April 20-22, 2012 at Texas A&M ... Baylor has won 17 of its last 19 Big 12 series finales with a chance for a sweep ... Only three times has Baylor won the first two games of a home Big 12 series and not completed the sweep (1999 vs. Oklahoma, 2001 vs. Missouri, 2009 vs. Texas Tech) ... Baylor is 23-3 in series finales when playing for a Big 12 home series sweep ... Baylor is 105-231-4 overall against Texas, 59-91-3 in Waco and 33-38 under Steve Smith ... Baylor is 26-34 against Texas during the Big 12 era and has won nine series over Texas in 17 Big 12 seasons ... Baylor is 46-49 all-time in TV games , 8-3 this season and 17-8 since 2011 ... Baylor is 350-144 at Baylor Ballpark, 16-10 this season and has won 11 of its last 13 games ... Baylor is 4-4 in series finales and 4-4 on Sundays this season ... Lawton Langford has reached base safely in a career-high 35 straight games, the longest streak for a Baylor player this season ... Cal Towey and Adam Toth have reached base safely in nine straight games ... Jake Miller has reached base safely in seven straight games ... Ryan Smith's 6.2 innings were the most innings of his career in an appearance and his two runs given up were the fewest of any of his three starts ... Smith's win was his first as a starting pitcher as his four prior career wins all came in relief ... Crayton Bare's back-to-back saves are the first by a Baylor pitcher this season and since Max Garner nailed down all three games at Texas A&M on April 20-22, 2012 ... Bare has a career-high three saves this season and five for his career.

WACO, Texas- Baylor finished off a series sweep of Texas with a 5-2 victory on Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark. The win on senior day gave the Bears (24-20, 11-6 Big 12) their first sweep of the season and first over Texas (22-20, 5-13 Big 12) since 2005.

Improving to four games over .500 for the first time all season with their second four-game winning streak, the Bears were led by the top of their batting order and a third strong pitching performance in the series - this time from starter Ryan Smith.

The sophomore picked up his first win as a starter in his third career start as he threw a career-high 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Smith (2-3) held the Longhorns scoreless over the first five innings before he gave up a two-out run in the sixth.

"Ryan did the same thing he did today as he did last Sunday, which was he got better and stronger as he went along," said BU Head Coach Steve Smith. "He didn't strike a lot of guys out, just changed speeds a lot and I think he's going to continue to learn a bit how to do what he does. He's got command of three pitches so it's about getting out there and learning."

Giving Smith the support he needed were the No. 1-4 hitters of the BU lineup. Lawton Langford, Cal Towey, Nathan Orf and Jake Miller combined to go 7-for-15 with three RBI and three runs scored. Orf drove in the first run of the game with a two-out double in the third. Towey scored a pair in the fifth on a two-run single.

In the eighth, a two-out rally dashed any hopes of a Texas comeback as Steve DalPorto delivered an RBI single and Duncan Wendel followed with a pinch-hit RBI double.

"Cal came up with the first two-out RBI, but what happened in the bottom of the eighth was pretty huge," Smith said. "Jake getting on base and Dalporto and Duncan coming up with two-out hits, that changed the entire top of the ninth. This game on our side was pretty much like the others and for them it was a lot like yesterday."

Smith very easily could've been through seven with only one run allowed, but a two-out, bases clear swinging strikeout on a wild pitch kept the inning alive. Two singles later, Texas had the Baylor lead down to one run at 3-2 and Smith out of the game.

BU reliever Doug Ashby come on and cooled the fire with a weak grounder to second to escape with no further damage. The side-arm lefty also pitched a scoreless eighth to bridge the gap to Crayton Bare, who struck out the side in the ninth for his second straight save and career-high third of the season.

UT starter Nathan Thornhill (2-5) was tagged with the loss after surrendering three runs in 6.1 innings on seven hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

The Bears begin a four-game road trip on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. CT against UT Arlington before heading to Kansas for a three-game weekend series.




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