April 30, 2003
WACO, Texas - Josh Ford's 10th-inning home run -- his second long ball of the night -- gave No. 20 Baylor a 5-4 walk-off win against Houston Wednesday night at Baylor Ballpark.
The blast came off reliever Rickey Putman (0-1) and made a winner out of Abe Woody (6-0), who pitched the final three innings for Baylor (31-17). The loss was just the second in nine games for Houston (26-20) and spoiled a tremendous outing by Cougars starter Garrett Mock.
Mock went the first nine innings for Houston, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits. Baylor led 4-0 through five innings, but Mock held the Bears in check as the Cougars rallied to tie the game in the eighth.
Baylor scored first, pushing across an unearned run in the second. With two outs and nobody on, Trey Webb struck out but reached first when the third strike skipped past catcher Brett Logan for a wild pitch. A catcher's interference call moved Webb to second, and he scored on Paul Witt's double down the left-field line for a 1-0 Baylor lead.
Mark Saccomanno led off the fourth inning with a double off the centerfield wall, and Zach Dillon singled home the senior for a 2-0 lead. One inning later, David Murphy doubled and Ford blasted a long shot to left that doubled the Bears' lead to 4-0.
Trey Taylor started for Baylor, but lasted just 2 1/3 innings. Without his best stuff, Taylor battled and finished the night allowing just one hit and no runs. Tyler Bullock took over for Taylor with the bases loaded and one out in the third inning, and induced a double-play ball off the bat of No. 3 hole hitter Hyung Cho to end the inning.
Bullock lasted a career-long 3 1/3 innings, striking out three without a walk. The freshman tired in the sixth, giving up the Cougars' first run before giving way to Ryan LaMotta. LaMotta pitched out of the inning and hurled a 1-2-3 seventh, but ran into trouble in the eighth, as the first two batters in the frame singled.
Woody took over and struggled, giving up a walk and two singles, good for two runs as Houston tied the game at 4-4. After that, he settled down, allowing only a walk over the next two innings.
Putman took over for Mock to start the 10th, with Ford leading off the inning for Baylor. The sophomore catcher worked the count to 3-1, then sat on a fastball and drove it out to left for his second roundtripper of the game and 11th of the year.
Ford finished the night 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. Murphy's double in the fifth was his only hit of the night, but it extended his hitting streak to a career-best 16 games, tying the eighth-longest streak in recent club history.
The Bears host Kansas State this weekend in their final home Big 12 series of the year. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
NOTES: Baylor improves to 4-0 in extra innings this year... Wednesday's game was the Bears' first extra-inning game since Feb. 22... The win was Baylor's third walk-off victory and their sixth last at-bat win.