May 23, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Shaver Hansen was 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI, leading Baylor to an 8-4 victory over Kansas in Saturday's pool-play action at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at Bricktown Ballpark. Baylor (29-24) posted a 2-1 record in pool play but cannot advance to Sunday's title game due to tiebreakers. Kansas (37-22) finished 0-3 in pool play.
Baylor built an early 6-0 lead with three spots in each of the first two innings. Aaron Miller delivered a one-out RBI single in the first, and Ben Booker added a two-out, two-run double to right-center. Hansen blasted a three-run homer to right in the third, his third career home run in Big 12 Championship play.
Tony Thompson's grand slam in the top of the third cut the Bears' lead to 6-4, but that was as close as Kansas would get. Baylor tacked on sacrifice flies from Hansen in the fourth and Dustin Dickerson in the seventh.
Baylor starter Jon Ringenberg was serviceable in a no-decision. He allowed four runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts over 3.2 innings in his first career start against a Big 12 opponent. Thompson's grand slam, his second of the season, was the only extra base hit Ringenberg surrendered.
For the second time in the event, Craig Fritsch (4-5) earned the victory in relief. Fritsch, who has won each of his last three decisions, worked 3.0 scoreless innings, scattering two hits and three walks with two strikeouts. He became the first Baylor pitcher ever to win two games at a single Big 12 Championship.
Kendal Volz earned his second save of the season, both coming at the Big 12 Championship; he worked around a two-out single in the eighth and had two strikeouts over 2.1 scoreless innings.
Kansas starter Lee Ridenhour (6-3) took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits with a strikeout in 1.0 inning of work. The Jayhawks were hamstrung a bit due to an early injury. Second baseman Robby Price injured his previously separated right shoulder when he dove for Hansen's first-inning single. Kansas was forced to move designated hitter James Stanfield to second base, which put the pitcher in the second spot of the order. The result was seven Jayhawks seeing time on the mound.
Baylor pounded 13 hits on the day as eight of nine starters collected at least one knock. Dickerson was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, extending his hitting streak to 13 games; he also has hit safely in 36 of his last 37 games. Miller was 2-for-5, and Gregg Glime was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
The Bears now await word from the NCAA selection committee regarding an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament. Selections will be announced at 11:30 a.m. CDT on ESPN.
NOTES: Baylor leads the all-time series 39-6, including a 3-0 advantage in neutral-site meetings. The Bears are 2-0 all-time against Kansas at the Big 12 Championship and 34-6 against the Jayhawks during head coach Steve Smith's tenure. ...Hansen (five games), Booker (three games) and Joey Hainsfurther (three games) all extended hitting streaks. ... Hansen produced his 17th multiple-RBI game of the season, tying Marty Crawford (1996) and Jason Jennings (1999) for seventh on Baylor's all-time list. ... Hansen's home run was his 16th of the season, moving him into sole possession of ninth in school history. ... Dickerson now has 82 hits on the season, the most by a Baylor player since Michael Griffin (86) and Josh Ford (85) over 70 games in 2005. ... Hansen's home run was his third career home run at the Big 12 Championship. He joins David Murphy, Seth Fortenberry, Matt Czimskey and Beamer Weems as Bears who have hit three career home runs at the event. ... Hansen now has 16 career RBI at the Big 12 Championship, breaking Weems' previous school record of 11 career RBI at the event. ... Dickerson was 7-for-14 at this year's Big 12 Championship, tying Charley Carter (1998), Eric Nelson (1998) and Mike Pankratz (2005) for Baylor's best batting average at a single event with a minimum of 10 at bats. ... Fritsch joined Chad Hawkins, Josh Scott, Trey Taylor and Andy Pape as the only Baylor pitchers with two career wins at the Big 12 Championship. ... Volz joined Nick Cassavechia (3, 2007) and Ryan LaMotta (2, 2004) as the only Baylor pitchers to record multiple saves in a single Big 12 Championship. Volz, Cassavechia (4), LaMotta (2), and Abe Woody (2) are the only Baylor pitchers to record multiple saves at the event in their careers.