May 31, 2003
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Baylor broke open a 3-3 game with seven runs over the final three innings to beat Southern 10-3 Saturday afternoon in the winners' game at the NCAA Hattiesburg Regional.
The win sends the 14th-ranked Bears (43-21) into Sunday's regional championship game, the team's fourth in five years. Southern (47-6), meanwhile, must face host Southern Miss in an elimination game Saturday night.
The late outburst broke open what had been a tight game and made a winner out of starter Steven White (8-4). White struck out nine in 7.2 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs (all earned). Zane Carlson struck out three in 1.1 innings for his 10th save of the year.
Kevin Sevigny walked and scored the Bears' first run in the third, then brought Baylor back from a 2-1 defecit with a two-out, two-run double to left in the sixth. Southern pushed across the tying run in the bottom of the sixth, but Michael Griffin gave the Bears the lead for good with a two-out solo homer in the seventh, his 11th long ball of the year.
Trey Webb singled and scored in the eighth with Baylor's fifth run, and drove in two runs with a two-out single in the ninth. Kyle Reynolds followed with a first-pitch, three-run home run that put the Bears up by seven.
Baylor will face the winner of Saturday night's Southern-Southern Miss game Sunday at 1 p.m.
NOTES: Mark Saccomanno went 2-for-4 and extended his career-best hitting streak to 17 games... White's win moved him into a tie for second all-time at Baylor with 27, matching Jason Jennings... Sevigny's double was the Bears' 157th of the year, tying the school record set in 2001... Baylor's 43rd win of the year ties the school's third-best total in school history, equalling the 1977 squad.