May 1, 2011
LINCOLN, Neb. - Brooks Pinckard allowed only two singles in the longest outing of his life, tossing 7.0 shutout innings, and Max Muncy delivered the game's only runs with a two-run homer as Baylor beat Nebraska, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon at Haymarket Park.
Max Garner closed out the win by working 2.0 shutout innings for his fifth save of the season. With the win, Baylor (24-21, 9-12 Big 12) picked up its first series win in Lincoln since the first year of Big 12 play in 1997. The Bears entered the game 0-18 on the season when scoring three or fewer runs in a game.
Pinckard (4-2), who was making his first start in Big 12 play, picked up his second win in as many outings by holding Nebraska (27-18, 6-11 Big 12) scoreless on two hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He also earned a win in his first career start at UTSA on Tuesday.
"He was absolutely tremendous," head coach Steve Smith said. "He threw a lot of strikes and didn't have any particular inning that gave him fits. I think it was everything that we could hope to get out of him in his second-ever start and first time in league play."
Through five innings, Nebraska's Kyle Farmer had the only hit for either team, but Joey Hainsfurther broke up Tyler Niederklein's no-hit bid with a one-out infield single in the sixth, and four pitches later Muncy crushed a two-run homer well into the right-field bleachers.
Niederklein (6-2) took the loss after allowing two runs on two hits with six strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
Pinckard issued a one-out walk in the bottom half, but he avoided facing Cody Asche as the potential tying run by getting Bryan Peters to ground into a double play. Asche went 4-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in Nebraska's win on Saturday.
"I was having a blast," Pinckard said. "The defense was making some great plays behind me and was able to make an inning-ending double play, which was huge. It was just fun to be out there and fun to watch."
Nebraska put two runners on in the seventh with a two-out single and a hit batter, but Pinckard induced a flyout on his 103rd pitch of the day to end the inning.
The Cornhuskers didn't get a runner to third base until there were two outs in the eighth inning. Garner issued consecutive walks with one out, and the Bears just missed another inning ending double play when Peters beat the throw to first on a fielder's choice grounder. With the potential tying run on second base, Garner got Asche to swing and miss on the 10th pitch of his at-bat.
Nebraska again brought the tying run to the plate after a two-out single in the ninth, but Garner induced a game-ending flyout from Patric Tolentino.
The Bears have an eight-day break for final exams before they return to action on May 10 at TCU.