April 29, 2008
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dustin Dickerson's two-out RBI single snapped a 2-2 tie in the seventh, and Baylor scored 12 runs over the last three innings for a 14-4 victory Tuesday night at UT Arlington. The Bears (26-20) have won nine straight against the Mavericks (20-24), sweeping this season's home-and-home series.
UT Arlington tied the game on Danny Slinkman's two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh, but Baylor was quick to answer. Gregg Glime drew the second of his three walks on the night to lead off the inning, moved to second on Shaver Hansen's sacrifice bunt and took third on Beamer Weems' deep fly ball to center. Dickerson ripped Eamonn Donovan's first pitch back through the box, scoring Glime. The Bears never trailed again.
Adam Hornung and Aaron Miller followed with walks, and Dickerson scored on a wild pitch. Raynor Campbell ripped an RBI double, and Ben Booker capped the five-run seventh with a two-run single.
Baylor got three runs in the eighth on Hornung's two-run double and a Miller sacrifice fly. The Bears padded their lead with a four-run ninth. Weems had a sacrifice fly, Dickerson added an RBI single, and Landis Ware had a pinch-hit RBI double. Dickerson then scored on a wild pitch.
Tim Matthews (4-1) earned the victory in relief, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 5.0 innings. Starter Shawn Tolleson retired all six batters he faced with three strikeouts in a predetermined 2.0-inning start. Randall Linebaugh and Nick Cassavechia worked an inning each to close out the game on the mound.
Donovan (0-2) took the loss; after working a scoreless sixth, he walked Glime on four straight pitches to start the seventh and left the game after starting off 2-1 on Hansen. Starter Drew Clementz allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 5.0 innings.
Baylor scored a run on three consecutive singles in the first. Weems beat out a bunt single, moved to second on a Dickerson single, and scored on Hornung's single to left. Dickerson pushed the Bears' lead to 2-0 in the fifth, scoring Hansen with a sacrifice fly.
The Bears finished the night with 14 hits, eight walks, two hit batsmen and six sacrifices. Dickerson led the way with three hits; he also had three RBI and scored three times. Hornung and Weems each had two hits, and the former collected three RBI. Hansen and Glime scored three times each. Eight of the nine starters collected at least one hit.
Baylor returns to action Wednesday, hosting Sam Houston State for a 6:30 p.m. CDT first pitch at Baylor Ballpark. This is a makeup game from the rained-out March 18 date; tickets from that game will be honored.
NOTES: Baylor leads the all-time series 73-28, including a 29-16 advantage in games played at Arlington. The Bears are 27-8 against the Mavericks during head coach Steve Smith's tenure. ... Baylor improved to 5-1 against Southland Conference opponents this season. ... Booker (five games), Campbell (five games) and Hansen (three games) all extended hitting streaks.