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Kempf Again Leads Baseball to Big Win




May 26, 2010

 
BAYLOR 11, KANSAS STATE 8
Box Score | Quotes | Highlights


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
2
3
3
0 0 1 1 1 0 11 13 0
1
0
0
1 6 0 0 0 0 8 11 0
 
Pitching
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
W - Kempf (8-2)
4.1
1
0
0 1
2
L - Marshall (5-5)
2.1
4
3
3 2
1
 
Batting Leaders
AB
H
RBI R
BB
HR
BU - Vick
3
3
3
3
3
2
BU - Ware
4
2
4
2
0
1
BU - Muncy
4
2
1
2
1
0
 
Notes: Max Muncy (six games) and Logan Vick (five games) both extended hitting streaks ... Baylor's four home runs were its second-most in a game this season; the Bears had five home runs on Saturday against Oklahoma State ... Vick drew his 51st, 52nd and 53rd walks of the season, moving him past Leonard Woods (1977) and into a tie with Zach Dillon (2006) for the second-best single-season total in program history ... Vick has reached base safely (via hit or walk) multiple times in 11 consecutive games ... Vick has hit multiple home runs in two of the Bears' last three games ... Vick would've broken the Baylor freshman home run record with his second of the game, but Muncy already broke the record this season and is one ahead of Vick with 11 ... Vick reached base safely in all six plate appearances, making him the first Baylor player to do so since Brooks Kimmey on April 19, 2008 ... Willie Kempf has allowed one run on 10 hits in 14.2 innings while earning the win in each of his last three outings ... Kempf became the first Baylor pitcher to win eight or more games in a season since Abe Woody (10), Mark McCormick (eight) and Cory VanAllen (eight) all did so during the 2005 season ... Logan Verrett's streak of consecutive starts of at least 7.0 innings came to an end at six straight when he didn't return to the mound after the rain delay ... Baylor is now 32-16 in the all-time series with Kansas State, including a 1-3 mark in neutral-site games and a 31-15 record during the Steve Smith era.
 
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OKLAHOMA CITY - Willie Kempf turned in 4.1 innings of one-hit shutout relief to lead Baylor to an 11-8 win over Kansas State on the first day of pool play action in the Big 12 Championship at Bricktown Ballpark.

The Bears (32-21) came out on top in a roller coaster game that featured a nearly three-hour-long rain delay and a blown seven-run lead. With the win, Baylor extended its winning streak to six straight.

Kempf (8-2) picked up his third victory in the last eight days to become the first Baylor pitcher since 2005 to win eight games in a season. Freshman outfielder Logan Vick reached base safely in all six plate appearances with a pair of home runs, a double, three walks, three runs and three RBI.

"Willie (Kempf) couldn't have done any better," head coach Steve Smith said. "It is extremely disappointing to give up a lead like that. I thought the team showed a tremendous amount of resilience to give up that lead and then retake it."

Baylor jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the first inning when Brooks Pinckard's triple brought Vick home to score, and Joey Hainsfurther followed with a RBI groundout.

Kansas State (36-19) answered with a run of its own against Baylor starting pitcher Logan Verrett in the bottom half of the first on Kent Urban's RBI single, but the Bears got that run back and then added a couple more in the second.

Raynor Campbell led off with a solo homer to left field that cleared the outer wall of the stadium, and three batters later Vick delivered a two-run homer to right field to give the Bears a 5-1 lead. Just moments after Vick crossed home plate, the game was halted due to lightning, and play didn't resume for another two hours and 54 minutes.

Verrett turned the ball over to Shawn Tolleson, who worked put up zeroes in the second and third inning, and the Bears built their lead to 8-1 on Landis Ware's three-run homer off the left-field foul pole in the top of the third.

KSU cut into the Baylor lead with a sacrifice fly in the fourth and reliever Matt Applegate settled down and retired eight straight batters to send the game to the bottom of the fifth with the Bears leading 8-2.

Tolleson got the first two outs in the inning, but three straight singles brought in a run, and then Tolleson hit a batter and gave up three more singles, as the Wildcats cut Baylor's lead to 8-7.

Kempf was summoned from the bullpen, and he gave up a RBI single to Jake Brown that tied the game at 8-8, but that would be the last hit of the game for Kansas State, as Kempf allowed only two more base runners on a walk and a hit batter.

Vick swung the momentum right back to Baylor when he hit the first pitch from Evan Marshall into the upper deck in right field for his 10th home run of the season, one that would prove to be the first game-winning homer of his career.

The Bears added on a run in the seventh when Max Muncy walked and later scored on Ware's two-out RBI single, and Baylor extended its lead to 11-8 in the eighth when Cal Towey doubled and scored on Muncy's double.

Kempf retired eight of the last nine batters he faced to seal the win for Baylor. Ware finished 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBI, while Campbell, Muncy and Towey each added two hits.

Kansas State was led at the plate by Daniel Dellasega, who finished 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. Matt Giller was the only other Wildcat with multiple hits in a 2-for-3 effort.

Marshall (5-5) took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits in 2.1 innings of relief.

Baylor has Thursday off before resuming pool play at 6:30 p.m. Friday against No. 2 seed Oklahoma. The Sooners are expected to start right-handed pitcher Zach Neal, but the Bears have not yet announced a starter.


 

 

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