April 30, 2010
WACO, Texas - Paul Montalbano drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in the game-winning run in the 10th innings as No. 2 Texas came from behind to knock off Baylor in the series opener on Friday night at Baylor Ballpark.
Baylor (25-18, 7-10 Big 12) carried a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning, but the Longhorns (36-7, 17-2 Big 12) got a two-out RBI single on an 0-2 pitch to Russell Moldenhauer to even the score.
Baylor starting pitcher Logan Verrett turned in another strong outing, allowing just two runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts in 7.2 innings, but he did not factor in the decision. It was the fifth straight outing in which Verrett struck out at least eight batters.
Texas manufactured a run in the second inning to take an early lead. Cameron Rupp led off with a single and made it around to third base on a sacrifice bunt and a ground out.
Kevin Lusson then hit a slow roller up the third-base line that Joey Hainsfurther made a barehanded play on, but his throw to first base bounced and Max Muncy was unable to dig it out of the dirt, allowing Lusson to reach on an infield single that put Texas on top 1-0.
The Bears had an opportunity to tie it in the bottom half when they put runners on the corners with one out, but Taylor Jungmann got a grounder back to the mound and a flyout to escape the inning.
Jungmann and Verrett matched each other by putting up zeroes in each of the next three innings, and after Verrett worked around a pair of singles in a scoreless sixth, the Baylor bats came to life in the bottom half of the inning.
Hainsfurther led off with a single, and one out later Cal Towey delivered a single of his own to put runners on first and second with one out. Gregg Glime followed with a liner through the right side that gave the Bears a 2-1 lead. Hainsfurther scored from second base, and Towey came around to score when Tant Shepherd threw the ball away trying to catch him advancing to third.
Glime moved up to third base as the ball went out of play, and the Bears looked poised to add an insurance run. Chris Slater followed with an infield single, but he was tagged out after starting toward an unoccupied second base and then retreating to first. Jungmann then got a flyout to end the inning.
Verrett went back to work and struck out all three batters on called third strikes in the seventh, but he issued his first walk of the game to the leadoff batter in the eighth, and that came back to cost him when Moldenhauer delivered the game-tying single with two outs. Kolt Browder came on in relief and struck out Kevin Keyes to keep the score tied.
The Bears threatened in the bottom of the eighth when a walk and a hit batter put two runners on with no outs, but Chris Slater struck out on a foul bunt, and Landis Ware ran into some tough luck when his grounder up the middle was fielded by Jordan Etier, who made a great play to stop his momentum, step on second base and fire to first for the double play.
Browder worked a scoreless ninth, but the Bears couldn't capitalize on Raynor Campbell's one-out single in their turn at the plate, and Texas broke through with two runs in the 10th.
Cohl Walla led off with a single, Brandon Loy drew a four-pitch walk, and Shepherd reached on a bunt single that rolled past Browder on the left side of the infield. After striking out Rupp for the first out, Browder walked Montalbano to bring in what would prove to be the game-winning run. Brooks Pinckard came out of the bullpen and allowed a sacrifice fly before getting the third out on a groundout.
The Bears got the tying run on base when Cal Towey singled and Glime drew a walk, but Texas' Chance Ruffin struck out the next two batters to earn the win. Ruffin (5-2) allowed two hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 3.0 innings of relief.
Towey led the Bears at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, and Campbell added a pair of singles. Shepherd had a three-hit day for the Longhorns, while Lusson and Walla had two hits apiece.
The series between the Bears and Longhorns resumes at Disch-Falk Field in Austin at 8 p.m. Saturday, and the series finale is scheduled for Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Both games will be televised nationally, with Saturday's game on ESPNU and Sunday's game on Fox College Sports Central.