May 29, 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY - Landis Ware drove in four runs for the second time in the last three games as Baylor completed a sweep of its pool at the Big 12 Championship with a 6-3 win over Kansas on Saturday night at Bricktown Ballpark.
Ware also drove in four runs against Kansas State in the Bears' first game of the tournament, tying a school record that had only been accomplished seven times in program history.
Logan Vick got the scoring started when he led off the game with a triple to the gap in left-center field, and Josh Turley, who was making his first career start in the batting order, gave the Bears a 1-0 lead with a RBI ground out.
Chris Slater led off the second inning with a triple, and after a pair of walks loaded the bases with one out, Ware delivered a two-run single to give the Bears a 3-0 lead.
Ringenberg (4-0) faced the minimum number of batters until a two-out infield single in the third, and he picked up the win after scattering three hits over 4.0 innings in a pre-determined short start.
"What was so impressive about what he did was really the command that he had," head coach Steve Smith said. "He only threw fastball and changeup and to both sides of the plate. He just had good command. (Kansas) didn't strike out. They put the ball in play and our guys made double plays, which was huge."
Browder came on in relief to start the fifth and got some help from his defense to work around a leadoff single with a groundball double play. It was the second of four double plays the Baylor defense would turn in the game, tying a Big 12 tournament single-game record.
The Bears broke the game open in the top half of the sixth when Chris Slater doubled, stole third base and scored on Jake Miller's sacrifice fly. Don Lambert followed with a walk, and Ware drilled a two-out, two-run homer into the bullpen beyond the left-field wall to give the Bears a 6-0 lead.
Kansas put up a three-spot of its own in the bottom half of the inning with the help of four consecutive singles and the Bears' first error of the tournament, but Browder rebounded to get the next three batters and keep the Bears in front 6-3.
Browder ran into trouble in the seventh when a walk and a single brought the potential tying run to the plate with no one out in the inning, but he got a strikeout for the first out, and then turned the ball over to Hainsfurther, who induced an inning-ending double play.
Hainsfurther again got a double play to erase a leadoff single in the eighth, and after KU brought the potential tying run to the plate with a pair of two-out singles in the ninth, he got Jordan Dreiling on a called third strike to end the game.
Hainsfurther notched his first career save by holding Kansas to three hits in 2.2 shutout innings. Tanner Poppe (3-4) took the loss for the Jayhawks after surrendering five runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 5.2 innings.
Slater, Ware and Raynor Campbell had two hits apiece, with Slater contributing a double and a triple and Ware knocking his second home run of the tournament. Chris Manship, Tony Thompson and Robby Price had two hits each for the Jayhawks, who lost despite out-hitting Baylor 12-8.
The Bears take on Texas A&M in the Big 12 Championship title game at 1 p.m. Sunday. Baylor will be playing in its sixth Big 12 tournament title game, and the game will be a rematch of the last time the Bears played for the Championship in 2007.
Sunday's game will be televised nationally on FSN. Baylor lost the coin flip and will be the visiting team. The Bears plan to send Willie Kempf to the mound against Texas A&M's Ross Stripling.