May 3, 2009
WACO, Texas -- Cameron Rupp was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI as eighth-ranked Texas defeated 17th-ranked Baylor 3-1 in Sunday's series finale at Baylor Ballpark. Baylor (26-20, 10-13) has lost seven consecutive Big 12 games. Texas (33-11-1, 15-8-1) has won 13 of the last 14 meetings, sweeping the season series for the third time since 2006.
Rupp's homer snapped a scoreless tie with one out in the second. Texas added a run on three hits in the fourth. Brandon Belt opened the frame with a single, moved to second on Kevin Lusson's sacrifice bunt and scored on Rupp's single to center. Kevin Keyes followed with a single through the right side to put runners on the corners with one out. The Bears got out of the jam with an inning-ending double play, their first twin-killing in eight conference games.
Baylor got on the board in the sixth as Raynor Campbell walked to open the inning and moved to second on Landis Ware's sacrifice bunt. Dustin Dickerson followed with a single to put runners on the corners, and Campbell scored on Shaver Hansen's RBI fielder's choice. Aaron Miller then singled up the middle, but Dan Evatt struck out to end the inning. Texas added an insurance run in the top of the ninth on Michael Torres' RBI single.
The Bears got their leadoff batter on base in each of the game's final three innings but could not scratch across a run. Brooks Pinckard walked to open the seventh and stole second but was stranded at third. Ware led off the eighth with a single and moved to second on Dickerson's sacrifice bunt, but Hansen flied out and Miller struck out to end the threat. Evatt reached on an infield single to start the ninth, but a double play and a fly out ended the game.
Texas starter Taylor Jungmann (5-3) earned the victory after holding Baylor to one run on three hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts over 6.0 innings. Austin Wood tossed 2.0 scoreless innings for his conference-leading 12th save of the season.
Bears' starter Willie Kempf (4-3) was saddled with the tough-luck loss; he allowed two runs on six hits and one walk with six hits over 5.0 innings.
Baylor now takes an eight-day hiatus for spring semester final exams. The Bears return to action Tuesday, May 12, hosting Stephen F. Austin for a 6:30 p.m. CDT first pitch in the regular-season's final home game. Baylor concludes the regular season that weekend with a three-game series at Nebraska.
NOTES: Texas leads the all-time series 227-98-4, including a 90-55-3 advantage in games played in Waco. The Bears are 18-21 against the Longhorns in regular-season Big 12 meetings. ... Baylor did not homer in Sunday's game, snapping a school-record, 18-game streak.