(42-12, 20-4) Rank: #7
Austin, Texas Attendance: 6,475
(30-20, 14-10) Rank: NR
May 19, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - Baylor stranded 10 runners on base and hit into a season-high five double plays, as the Bears came up short in their attempt to sweep Texas with a 2-1 loss on Saturday afternoon at Disch-Falk Field.
"Some of that (double plays) is the ballpark. We're trying to put balls in play with two strikes, and you really can't do that here," head coach Steve Smith said. "You can't just give in and roll them on the ground like we did so many times, but you've got to give credit to their staff too."
Baylor (42-12, 20-4 Big 12) had the potential tying run on second base after Adam Toth led off the ninth with a double, but Toth was thrown out by Mark Payton on a close play at third trying to advance on Nathan Orf's fly ball to right.
"We have to go. Nate did a pretty good job of hitting the ball to the right side, and it's not shallow, he hit it out there to them," Smith said. "Adam got a good jump at second, and he's about as fast of a guy as we've got. That's one where you have to go for it, and they made a perfect throw, so you tip your hat to them."
Texas (30-20, 14-10 Big 12) broke a 1-1 tie when Jonathan Walsh scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning. Hoby Milner (7-4) earned the win by tossing 4.1 innings of two-hit, shutout relief to help the Longhorns avoid the sweep.
The Bears out-hit the Longhorns 9-6, but double plays in each of the first three innings kept Baylor off the board. Texas scored just two batters into the game when Payton doubled and scored on Erich Weiss' RBI single.
BU starter Tyler Bremer settled in and worked his way out of trouble in a few spots, allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts in 4.0 innings. The Bears got 3.0 innings of shutout relief from Dillon Newman, and Ryan Smith (3-1) took his first career loss after allowing the eighth-inning run.
Texas had a runner on second base with no outs in each of the first three innings, but Bremer limited them to one run. The Bears had the bases loaded with one out in the third, but a double play ended the inning, and they stranded the bases loaded again in the fourth on a called third strike.
Baylor broke through with a run in the fifth to tie the game on a sacrifice fly. Orf drew a one-out walk, Max Muncy singled up the middle to put runners on the corners, and Logan Vick smacked a line drive to deep right that was tracked down, but it still allowed Orf to score.
Muncy, Josh Ludy and Toth had two hits each for the Bears, while Payton had half of Texas' six hits in the game. Texas starter John Curtiss scattered seven hits across 4.2 innings, allowing only one run in the no-decision.
Baylor next heads to Oklahoma City for the Big 12 Championship, which begins Wednesday when the top-seeded Bears face No. 8 seed Kansas State. Baylor will play either Oklahoma State or Oklahoma on Thursday. First round game times will be announced by the Big 12 Saturday evening.
BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP SEEDS
2. Texas A&M
5. Oklahoma State
8. Kansas State