May 2, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas — Seven errors led to six unearned runs and sent No. 17 Baylor to a 12-4 loss at eighth-ranked Texas in Friday night’s Big 12 Conference series opener at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Baylor (26-18, 10-11) has lost five straight conference games. Texas (31-11-1, 13-8-1) won its first league game since sweeping Oklahoma two weeks ago.
Texas held a slim 5-4 lead heading into the bottom the seventh inning, but the Horns plated four runs on four singles and a pair of Baylor errors in the frame. Texas added three unearned runs on two hits and two more Baylor errors in the eighth.
UT starter Chance Ruffin (7-2) earned the victory, allowing four runs – three earned – on 10 hits and no walks with five strikeouts over 6.0 innings. Austin Wood worked around two hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 3.0 scoreless innings for his conference-leading 11th save of the season.
Baylor starter Kendal Volz (3-5) took the loss; he allowed nine runs – six earned – on 11 hits and four walks with nine strikeouts over 6.1 innings.
Texas built a 4-0 lead with two spots in each of the first two innings. Aaron Miller’s solo homer in the third put the Bears on the board and extended Baylor’s school record streak of 17 consecutive games with at least one homer. The Horns answered with an unearned run in the bottom of the third.
Miller and Dan Evatt had consecutive one-out RBI doubles in the fifth, and Dustin Dickerson added a two-out RBI single in the sixth to pull the Bears to within one run at 5-4. That was as close as Baylor would get, though. Cameron Rupp delivered an RBI single for the Horns’ first run of the four-run seventh. Five of Texas’ seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings were unearned.
Dickerson, Evatt and Miller all had multiple-hit games for the Bears. Miller was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Texas was paced by Connor Rowe, who was 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI.
Baylor and Texas meet again Saturday as the series shifts to Baylor Ballpark; first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CDT. Miller (3-2, 3.83 ERA) will get the start on the mound for the Bears, while right-hander Cole Green (3-1, 2.66 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Longhorns.