May 13, 2003
WACO, Texas - David Murphy homered twice and drove in four runs as 14th-ranked Baylor defeated Southwest Texas 9-5 Tuesday at Baylor Ballpark.
The Bears (36-17) won their eighth straight game, their longest winning streak since the first month of the season, as they defeated the Bobcats (26-26) in the season's rubbermatch.
The Bears' bats remained hot as they jumped on SWT starter Cory Covert early, getting two runs in the first. Murphy's first homer of the game came in the first inning, when he launched his ninth homer of the season over the left centerfield wall.
Baylor added a run in the second, extending the lead to 3-0 when Kyle Reynolds' double plated Trey Webb.
Baylor starter Mark McCormick got into trouble in the third. Back-to-back walks and a Paul Witt error led to a four-run inning for SWT. The Bobcats added a run in the fourth, extending the lead to 5-3.
The lead did not last long, however, as the Bears evened the score at five in their half of the fourth. Chris Durbin's triple down the right field line scored Zach Dillon and Reynolds to tie the game.
Freshman Andy Pape (2-0) relieved McCormick and picked up the win by pitching 3.2 innings, giving up just one run on two hits while striking out a career-high four batters.
With the score tied in the fifth, Michael Griffin hit his ninth homer of the year off Bobcat reliever Brian Abscheider (1-1). The smash gave the Bears a 6-5 advantage. In the seventh, Murphy pushed the lead to 7-5 when he homered for the second time on the night. Murphy picked up his third and fourth RBI of the night when his eighth inning double to left center scored Reynolds and Durbin to push the lead to 9-5.
Sophomore Trey Taylor relieved Pape and ptched a perfect seventh. Freshman Ryan LaMotta came on and pitched the final two innings, giving up no runs on two hits while striking out two for his second save of the year.
Murphy's three hits pushed his season total to 101, one shy of Eric Nelson's team record, set in 1999. After Nelson, Murphy became just the second Bear in school history to record 100 or more hits in a season.
Murphy also extended his hitting streak to 21 games, tied for fourth-best in recent club history. Next up on the list: Charley Carter's 22 game streak, recorded in 1998.
It was the final home game of the season for Baylor. The Bears head to Lincoln, Neb. for a three game series with the Cornhuskers beginning Friday at 6:35 p.m.
NOTES: Durbin scored his 80th run of the season, becoming the first Bear to ever reach that plateau... Baylor finished the season with an average home attendance of 3,057 fans, setting a new program record for the fifth straight year.