May 17, 2011
WACO, Texas - Four Baylor pitchers combined to hold Dallas Baptist to one run, and Max Muncy drilled his ninth home run of the season as the Bears knocked off Dallas Baptist, 7-1, on Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark.
With the win, Baylor (27-23) has a three-game winning streak, its longest since winning seven straight March 6-15. Dallas Baptist (37-16) fell to 4-5 on the season against Big 12 opponents, while leading hitter Jason Krizan went 0-for-4 to snap a 39-game hitting streak.
"This was a good win," head coach Steve Smith said. "As much as anything, it was good to keep us further away from that .500 mark overall, because that's the one thing that will get you off the board (for NCAA tournament bids)."
Senior Jon Ringenberg started on the mound for the Bears and allowed only one run on four hits in 4.0 innings, but he was relieved by Trent Blank after walking the first batter in the fifth. Blank (4-2) picked up the win by allowing only two hits in 3.0 innings of shutout relief.
"He competed well, and that's always a good thing," Smith said of Ringenberg. "He wasn't sharp, wasn't strong, it didn't look like. I was kind of hoping with the kind of time that he's had (off), that he might be a little juiced and have a little extra. But he did get through it, and he didn't want to come out. And that's a good thing, too."
DBU took an early lead when Joel Hutter laced a two-out RBI single in the third, but center fielder Logan Vick got the Bears out of the inning without further damage when he threw out Ryan Behmanesh trying to reach third base. Ringenberg retired the side in order in the fourth, and the Bears broke out for three runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Muncy was hit by a pitch, Dan Evatt followed with a single to left to put runners on the corners, and one out later Joey Hainsfurther brought Muncy home with a groundout to tie the game at 1-1. Landis Ware knocked a two-out RBI single to give the Bears the lead, and Jake Miller added on with a RBI double.
The Bears got two more runs in the fifth when Brooks Pinckard was hit by a pitch and Muncy followed with a two-run homer to right-center field. It was Muncy's fourth home run in his last six games and his team-leading ninth on the season.
Baylor chased DBU starting pitcher Brandon Williamson (9-2) in the sixth after Ware led off with a double. Williamson took his second loss in 11 decisions this season after allowing six runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings.
Ware moved to third on a flyout and came home to score when Steve DalPorto laid down a bunt single on a suicide squeeze. DalPorto would score later in the inning when Muncy reached on an error, giving the Bears a 7-1 lead.
Blank turned the ball over to Brad Kuntz in the eighth. Kuntz got the first two outs, but a walk and a single put two runners on, bringing Trae Davis out of the bullpen. Davis walked Kenny Hatcher to load the bases, but he worked his way out of the jam by striking out Austin Elkins. Davis worked around a one-out walk in a scoreless ninth to close out the win.
Muncy finished 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI, while Evatt, Ware and Miller added two hits apiece for the Bears. Hutter and Landon Anderson each had two hits for the Patriots, with Hutter collecting DBU's only RBI.
The Bears close out the regular season by hosting No. 13 Oklahoma for a three-game series at Baylor Ballpark Thursday through Saturday. Thursday's game is the inaugural Bark in the Park, where fans can bring their dogs to the game. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. in each of the first two games, and Saturday's finale is scheduled for 3 p.m.