May 13, 2005
A Friday the 13th crowd at Baylor Ballpark and a national ESPN television audience was treated to one of the most memorable comebacks in school history.
Kevin Russo's two-out,walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth plated pinch runner Chase Gerdes as Baylor rallied from an 8-0 deficit to defeat Texas A&M 10-9.
Baylor found itself in a hole after Texas A&M scored eight runs on six hits in the top of the third. However, the Bears immediately began chipping away at the deficit, scoring three runs on three hitsin the bottom of the inning. Baylor pulled to within three runs in the fifth and pulled to within a run with another two-spot in the seventh.
Texas A&M added an insurance run in the top of the eighth, but it was not enough to overcome Baylor's three unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth.
Baylor's ninth-inning rally started with the first batter as Paul Witt reached second base when Texas A&M centerfielder Brandon Glover dropped a fly ball in right-center. After Michael Griffin was hit by a pitch, Josh Ford reached on an infield single to load the bases.
Zach Dillon drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring Witt from third and pulling the Bears to within one at 9-8. Reid Brees then scored Griffin with a sacrifice fly to right field, pushing Gerdes, who pinch ran for Ford, to third.That set the stage for Russo's heroics.
The mood at Baylor Ballpark was lifted in the top of the eighth when a masked Baylor fan raceddown the berm, hopped the fence and raced across right field holding a sign which read,"35-34," the score by which Baylor defeated Texas A&M the previous fall in football.The Streaker scaled the outfield wall, swam the Brazos and was never heard from again.