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Regional Champs: Baseball Beats DBU, 8-2

Head coach Steve Smith led Baylor to its first Regional title since 2005.


(48-15) Rank: #5
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Waco, Texas • Attendance: 4,423

(41-19) Rank: NR
Runs 8 2
AB 34 32
Hits 12 6
RBI 7 2
BB 6 3
SO 4 8
LOB 11 7

Evatt 3 H 2 Two
Miller 1 2B -- None
None -- 3B -- None
None -- HR -- None
Miller 3 RBI 1 Two
Evatt 3 R 2 Mitchell
None -- SB -- None

W - Newman (4-3) 5.0 1 0 0 5
L - Sneed (8-5) 1.2 2 3 3 1

Baylor won a Regional after dropping the opening game for the first time in school history ... The Bears won their first Regional since 2005 ... Baylor is now 6-4 in games when a win would clinch a Regional championship ... Baylor is 33-4 at Baylor Ballpark this season, a school-record for home wins ... The attendance of 4,423 was the 21st-largest in Baylor Ballpark history and the 5th-largest postseason crowd ... Josh Turley became the 3rd pitcher in program history to start 2 games in a NCAA Regional, joining Steve Bickham (1977) and Cory VanAllen (2006) ... Dan Evatt (career-high 11 games), Jake Miller (4 games), Logan Vick (4 games) and Max Muncy (4 games) extended hitting streaks ... Muncy (career-high 33 games), Josh Ludy (14 games), Evatt (11 games) and Nathan Orf (7 games) extended on-base streaks ... Muncy's 33-game on-base streak is the longest by a Baylor player since Vick opened his career with 33 straight in 2010 ... Orf was hit by a pitch for the 34th time this season, which is a Big 12 record and 1 shy of the national record entering the 2012 season ... Muncy made his 145th consecutive start at first base ... Muncy (62nd career) and Evatt (32nd career) had multi-hit games ... Orf (16th career) and Miller (15th career) had multi-RBI games ... Baylor is now 42-37 all-time in NCAA Tournament games, including a 13-6 record in games played at Baylor Ballpark and a 36-26 mark in Regional games ... The Bears are 43-21 in the all-time series against Dallas Baptist, including a 31-15 record in games played in Waco and a 14-7 mark during the Steve Smith era.
June 4, 2012

WACO, Texas - It took four wins in three days, but Baylor won its first NCAA Regional since 2005 by beating Dallas Baptist, 8-2, in Monday night's winner-take-all game at Baylor Ballpark.

Baylor (48-15) advances to host the 2012 Waco Super Regional against Arkansas this weekend. The Bears take on the Razorbacks at 4 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, and if necessary, 3 p.m. Monday.

Josh Turley and Dillon Newman combined to hold the DBU (41-19) to two runs on six hits. Turley allowed two runs in 4.0 innings while starting on two days of rest, and Newman (4-3) finished the job, allowing only one hit in 5.0 innings of relief to earn the win.

"I could not be more proud of our guys for getting that done," head coach Steve Smith said. "Any time you have to come back through that kind of route, you are going to need people to do things that they might have not done before, and I think we got that yesterday and today."

Dan Evatt finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored, helping him earn Waco Regional Most Outstanding Player honors. Max Muncy added two hits and two runs scored, as all nine Baylor starters notched hits in the game, and Jake Miller contributed three RBI.

"We proved to ourselves that we can fight back," Evatt said. "We had our backs against the wall after the first game and we battled and got back. I fully expected to win this thing even after that first game. I know this team. We know who we are and we have been through tough times. We know we can face adversity, and we did just that."

DBU jumped out to an early lead after a hit batter and two straight singles with one out in the first brought in a run, but Turley escaped the inning without further damage, and the Bears answered immediately.

Muncy led off the second with a single, Josh Ludy walked, and Cal Towey followed with a single to load the bases. Miller drove a sacrifice fly to right field, tying the game and advancing all three runners. Adam Toth then reloaded the bases with a walk, Nathan Orf put the Bears in front when he was hit by a pitch, and Logan Vick collected a RBI walk to give Baylor a 3-1 lead.

Those runs would prove to be enough for Turley and Newman, but the Bears added on one run in the sixth, two in the seventh and two more in the ninth.

The Patriots got three singles in the third to cut Baylor's lead to 3-2, but Turley again stranded two runners, and he and Newman combined to hold DBU to only an infield single over the final 6.1 innings.

Newman walked three and struck out five, and the only runner to reach scoring position against him came when Boomer Collins led off the eighth with an infield single and advanced to second on a groundout.

DBU got a one-out walk in the ninth, but Vick chased down a deep drive to left-center field for the second out, and he fired back to the infield in time to get Duncan McAlpine before he could return to first base. That game-ending double play sent the crowd of 4,423 into an uproar, as the Bears stormed the field to celebrate their Waco Regional title.

Baylor's run in the sixth came when Orf knocked a two-out RBI single to score Lawton Langford, extending the lead to 4-2. The Bears added two more in the seventh when Langford's two-out single plated Ludy, and Miller added a RBI double.

Langford rounded first base after his seventh-inning single, and with both runners holding in front of him, he was caught in a run-down, but he stayed in it long enough to allow Ludy to rush home, and his slide into McAlpine knocked the ball away. Baylor's ninth-inning runs came on Miller's bases-loaded walk and an Adam Toth sacrifice fly.

The middle of DBU's lineup did most of the damage, as Ronnie Mitchell scored both runs, and Collins and Joel Hutter combined for four of the Patriots' six hits. Cy Sneed (8-5) took the loss after allowing three runs on two hits in 1.2 innings.

Baylor's Austin Stone (P), Josh Ludy (C), Lawton Langford (2B), Jake Miller (SS), Cal Towey (3B) and Dan Evatt(OF) were named to the Waco Regional All-Tournament Team, and Evatt was named Most Outstanding Player.

Baylor's games against Arkansas in the Waco Super Regional will all be televised. Saturday and Sunday games are scheduled for 4 p.m. and 3 p.m. CT, respectively, on ESPNUHD, and Monday's game, if necessary, will be played at 3 p.m. and be televised on ESPN2HD. All-session tickets are on sale through



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