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Baseball Loses Late Lead, Falls to Arkansas, 5-4

Josh Turley left in line for the win after retiring the final 13 batters he faced.


Josh Turley left in line for the win after retiring the final 13 batters he faced.


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BAYLOR
(49-16) Rank: #4
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Waco, Texas • Attendance: 5,038

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ARKANSAS
(43-20) Rank: NR
STATS COMPARISON
Runs 4 5
AB 31 31
Hits 6 7
RBI 4 5
BB 5 1
SO 8 5
LOB 7 2

STAT LEADERS
Six 1 H 2 Serrano
None -- 2B 1 Ficociello
None -- 3B 1 Serrano
None -- HR -- None
Muncy 2 RBI 2 Ficociello
Vick 2 R 2 Two
Vick 2 SB 1 Bigham

PITCHING
IP
H
R
ER
SO
W - Daniel (2-0) 0.1 0 0 0 1
L - Garner (3-3) 1.1 2 2 1 1

POSTGAME NOTES
The attendance of 5,038 was the 6th-largest in Baylor Ballpark history and the largest for a postseason game, passing Saturday's 5,007 fans ... It's the first time Baylor has had back-to-back crowds of 5,000 or more fans ... Baylor established a school record for total home attendance (121,888), and the current average home attendance (3,207) would be a new school record ... This season is the 3rd time Baylor Ballpark has seen more than 100,000 fans pass through the gates in a single season and the first time since 2008 ... Baylor's 65 games played this season are 3rd-most in program history, trailing only 2005 (70) and 2003 (68) ... Baylor is 34-5 at Baylor Ballpark this season, and the Bears' 39 home games are a school record ... Dan Evatt (career-high 13 games), Logan Vick (6 games) and Max Muncy (6 games) extended hitting streaks ... Muncy (career-high 35 games), Josh Ludy (16 games), Evatt (13 games), Nathan Orf (9 games) and Cal Towey (7 games) extended on-base streaks ... Muncy's 35-game on-base streak is the longest by a Baylor player since Josh Ford had a 36-game streak in 2005 ... Vick moved into a 3-way tie for 2nd place on Baylor's career walks list with 133 ... Muncy made his 147th consecutive start at first base ... Vick recorded his 35th and 36th career stolen bases ... Muncy had his 41st career multi-RBI game ... Baylor is now 43-38 all-time in NCAA Tournament games, including a 14-7 record in games played at Baylor Ballpark and a 5-6 mark in Super Regional games ... The Bears are 37-28 in the all-time series against Arkansas, which dates back to 1908.

June 10, 2012

WACO, Texas - Baylor carried a 4-3 lead to the bottom of the ninth, but a walk, an error and two hit batters helped Arkansas rally to win 5-4 on Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark. The teams will play a winner-take-all game on Monday night with a spot in Omaha on the line.

Monday's NCAA Waco Super Regional game three has been moved to 6:05 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2HD. The game was originally scheduled for 3:05 p.m.

Baylor (49-16) was two outs from its first trip to Omaha since 2005, but a potential double play ball to Jake Miller was mishandled, allowing Arkansas (43-20) to load the bases with one out. Max Garner hit the next batter to bring in the tying run, and Crayton Barehit John Clay Reeves with his first pitch of the game to give Arkansas the win.

"Clearly a lot will be made of the last inning, but I would like to put on record that it was a great ballgame and there was a lot of really good play on both sides," head coach Steve Smithsaid. "It is sometimes a shame in our game that a mistake made at a certain time gets more attention than others that are made throughout the ballgame and clearly that is the case today."

Garner (3-3) took the loss after allowing one earned run in 1.1 innings of relief, and Arkansas reliever Trent Daniel (2-0) picked up the win by retiring the only batter he faced in the top of the ninth. Baylor starter Josh Turleyleft in line for the win after retiring the final 13 batters he faced. Turley allowed three runs on five hits in 7.0 innings for a no-decision.

The Bears had a chance to break the game open when they carried a 4-3 lead to the eighth inning and loaded the bases with no outs. Reliever Barrett Astin struck out Cal Towey for the first out, and Tim Carver turned a double play on Lawton Langford'ssharp ground ball in the hole at shortstop.

Arkansas took an early lead when Joe Serrano tripled with one out in the first and scored on a sacrifice fly, but the Bears tied the game in the third inning after putting runners on the corners with no outs. Arkansas nearly escaped when Josh Ludy flew out to center field, and Nathan Orf was thrown out at the plate trying to tag from third base, but Logan Vick stole second base and scored on Max Muncy'stwo-out RBI single to tie the game.

The Razorbacks went back in front after Dominic Ficociello delivered a two-run double for Arkansas' third straight two-out hit in the bottom of the third, but that would be all the offense the Razorbacks could manage until the ninth inning rally, as Turley and Garner combined to face the minimum in the fourth through eighth innings.

Baylor took a 4-3 lead after scoring three runs in the fifth. Adam Tothdrew a leadoff walk, which ended Ryne Stanek's day, and Orf singled to put two on with no outs. Vick followed with a RBI single to right-center and stole second base to give the Bears two runners in scoring position. Ludy and Muncy followed with RBI groundouts to give Baylor the lead.

Turley worked 1-2-3 innings in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, and Garner came out of the bullpen to start the eighth. A one-out single from Carver put the potential tying run on board, but Garner struck out Serrano, and Ludy fired to second to complete a strikeout-throw out double play and send the game to the ninth.

Muncy had the Bears' only multi-RBI game, finishing 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI, and Vick singled, drew two walks, scored twice and stole two bases. Serrano had Arkansas' only multi-hit game in a 2-for-4 effort with two runs scored.

Arkansas' rally in the ninth started when Garner walked Matt Reynolds on a 3-2 pitch, and after Ficociello popped out, Brian Anderson lined a single up the middle. Brett Bigham followed with a grounder to Miller, who bobbled the ball and couldn't get an out on the play, and the next two batters were hit by pitches.

"Without adversity, we never know who we are," Smith said. "This is a kick in the gut. I told them that when they took their uniform off today, this game is over. If you have to sit over there until 10 o'clock tonight then do it, but when you take the uniform off this game is done. If you had told me at the beginning of the year that we could take this group of guys and we could have a one game go to Omaha with Arkansas, I am in."

The teams conclude the Waco Super Regional with a spot in Omaha on the line at 6:05 p.m. Monday at Baylor Ballpark. Baylor will be the home team, and Tyler Bremer is slated to start for the Bears against Arkansas left-handed pitcher Randall Fant.


 

 

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