May 2, 2009
WACO, Texas -- Eighth-ranked Texas scored in each of the first five innings and never looked back en route to a 19-11 victory over No. 17 Baylor in Saturday night's Big 12 Conference game at Baylor Ballpark. Baylor (26-19, 10-12) has lost six straight Big 12 games, its longest conference losing streak since dropping eight consecutive Southwest Conference games in 1994. Texas (32-11-1, 14-8-1) moved into first place in the Big 12 standings with the win.
Travis Tucker's grand slam capped a five-run second inning and staked Texas to a 6-0 lead. Gregg Glime got the Bears on the board with a two-run homer in the bottom of the second, but Texas answered with a four-run third. The Horns added three in a run in the fourth and three more in the fifth.
Glime's second-inning home run was Baylor's lone hit until Dan Evatt led off the seventh with a double. That started a three-run inning that cut Texas' lead to 14-5, but the Horns answered with a five-spot in the top of the eighth. Baylor closed the scoring with a six-run ninth.
Texas starter Cole Green (4-1) earned the victory; he allowed five runs - two earned - on four hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts over 7.0 innings. Baylor starter Aaron Miller (3-3) took the loss after allowing six runs on three hits and two walks with one strikeout over 1.1 innings.
Five Longhorns produced multiple-hit game, led by Connor Rowe's 4-for-6, four-run, three-RBI outing. Tucker finished with three runs scored and five RBI.
Baylor and Texas conclude the series Sunday with a 1:30 p.m. CDT first pitch at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears send right-hander Willie Kempf (4-2, 5.89 ERA) to the mound, while the Longhorns counter with right-hander Taylor Jungmann (4-3, 1.75 ERA).