May 11, 2004
WACO, Texas - Kasey Baker's fourth-inning RBI single proved to be the difference as a late-inning Baylor rally fell short in the Bears' 4-3 loss to Texas-Arlington Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark.
The loss was Baylor's first at home against UTA since Feb. 18, 1992, snapping a 17-game winning streak against the Mavericks in Waco. UTA improves to 6-2 this season against the Big 12 Conference with wins against Oklahoma (two), Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.
UTA (27-22) scored three runs on three hits and two walks in the third, driving Baylor (23-24) starter Mark McCormick from the game. In his first start since March 26, McCormick (2-3) was touched for three runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 2.2 innings.
The Bears got on the board in the bottom of the sixth but let a golden opportunity slip away. With the bases loaded and no outs, Kyle Reynolds grounded into a double play. Chase Gerdes scored from third on the play, but the Bears could not get another run in the inning.
Baylor pulled to within one in the seventh thanks to a Paul Witt RBI single and a Gerdes sacrifice fly. Reid Brees reached on an error to lead off the eighth and moved to second on a Reynolds sacrifice bunt. However, UTA shortstop Aaron Batlle's diving stop on a Michael Griffin ball up the middle in the next at bat saved a run and the game for the Mavericks.
UTA starter Michael Gardner (10-2), working on a predetermined pitch count, earned the victory after allowing just one hit and a walk with three strikeouts in 4.0 innings. Mike Snapp, the fifth and final UTA reliever, recorded the game's final two outs for his 10th save of the season.
Trey Taylor relieved McCormick and allowed one run on four hits with one strikeout in 4.1 innings. Andy Pape pitched the eighth and the ninth perfectly. Taylor and Pape did not allow a base runner after a Paul Bruder one-out single in the fifth was followed by an inning-ending double play.
Baylor returns to action Wednesday night, hosting Texas State for a 7 p.m. CDT contest at Baylor Ballpark. Wednesday's game was originally scheduled for Feb. 17 but was postponed due to inclement weather.
NOTES: Baylor leads the all-time series 65-26 overall and 39-11 in Waco. UTA wins the 2004 series two games to one. ... Josh Ford extended his hitting streak to nine games, eclipsing his previous career long of eight (two occasions). ... Drew Sutton also extended his hitting streak to five games. ... Kyle Reynolds (nine games) and Reid Brees (five games) saw hitting streaks end. ... Baylor falls to 5-14 in one-run games. ... The Bears played back-to-back errorless games for the first time since the first two games of the Vanderbilt series March 12 and 13. Ironically, Baylor is 5-9 this season when not committing an error. ... Baylor Ballpark welcomed its 500,000th fan Wednesday night in six seasons.