Sophomore Michael Griffin became the first Bear to hit for the cycle in 25 years Tuesday night.
May 6, 2003
WACO, Texas - Michael Griffin hit for the cycle as No. 18 Baylor blasted its way past Centenary Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark, 15-1.
Griffin became the first Bear to record a single, double, triple and home run in the same game since Shane Nolen hit for the cycle against Texas Tech on March 10, 1978. The sophomore went 4-for-5 on the night, scoring three times and tying his career high with six RBI.
Baylor (35-17) won its seventh game in a row, pounding out 18 hits to beat Centenary (20-30) in the two teams' first meeting since 1997. Trey Taylor (2-3) earned the win, pitching the first five innings. The sophomore lefty allowed just two hits and no runs, walking one and striking out four.
Abe Woody pitched the sixth inning, allowing a walk and a hit but no runs. Zane Carlson closed out the game, pitching the final three innings for his seventh save of the season and 30th of his career, furthering his own Baylor and Big 12 Conference records.
Chris Durbin went 3-for-4, scoring twice, giving him 79 runs scored on the season, setting a new Baylor record. David Murphy doubled in the fourth inning to extend his career-best hitting streak to 20 games, the best by a Bear since Kelly Shoppach hit in 28 straight games in 2001.
Baylor scored single runs in the first and second innings, then put up a three spot in the third. After scoring a single run in the fourth and none in the fifth, the Bears busted out for four runs in the sixth. Griffin's three-run triple keyed the inning.
It was more of the same in the sixth, when Baylor scored five runs on five hits. Freshman Kevin Sevigny, who had come off the bench an inning earlier, led off the frame with his first collegiate home run. Two batters later, pinch-hitter Reid Brees blasted the first home run of his career.
Two batters after that, Griffin recorded his eighth home run of the year, a shot to left-center that just cleared the wall immediately to the left of the centerfield batters' eye. Then, two batters later, pinch-hitter Mike Heldoorn launched his first collegiate home run, a long ball to right for the Bears' final run of the inning.
Kevin Willborn (2-6) took the loss for Centenary, allowing just one run in one inning of work. Ten Centenary pitchers appeared in the game, none working more than an inning and only three escaping without giving up a run.
No Gentleman recorded more than one hit on the night. Catcher Jon Marshall drove in their only run with a two-out double in the ninth.
Baylor now takes a week off for final exams before hosting Southwest Texas May 13 in the Bears' final home game of the regular season. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark.
NOTES: Griffin's triple in the sixth inning was his seventh of the season, tying for fourth-best in the Baylor single-season recordbooks... With six RBI, Griffin now has 67 on the year, tied for fifth-most by a Bear in school history... Carlson's seventh save of the year moved him into a tie for the fifth-best single-season total in program history... Carlson also made his 79th career relief appearance, tying Kyle Edens for the most in Baylor history.