Arizona 10, Baylor 9
June 4, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - The University of Arizona withstood a ninth-inning rally by the Baylor Bears en route to securing a 10-9 victory in the first game of the Fort Worth Regional at Lupton Stadium on Friday.
The biggest inning of the game came in the top of the sixth inning when the Wildcats scored five runs on two hits and three Baylor errors to take an 8-4 lead. Following a lead-off walk, Baylor committed three consecutive errors opening the door for the Wildcats, who used a two-run double by Alex Mejia to take the lead at 6-4.
Mejia finished the game with three hits to go along with four runs batted in and a run scored to lead the Wildcats.
A RBI single by Joey Rickard plated Seth Mejias-Brean and a Rafael Valenzuela groundout plated scored Mejia to give the Wildcats the 8-4 advantage.
The Wildcats tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh and ninth innings to take a 10-4 lead entering the final frame.
Down 10-4 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, Baylor opened up the frame with a Raynor Campbell walk and a Cal Towey single to give the Bears a pair of runners. Following an Arizona pitching change, Baylor's Max Muncy poked a single to right field to score Campbell from third base.
The Bears tacked on a run to take the score to 10-6 following a RBI groundout by Gregg Glime then added another run when Muncy scored from second base following an Arizona throwing error. The biggest hit of the inning came on a bases loaded, two-run single by Brooks Pinckard, which plated both Landis Ware and Chris Slater, and cut the Wildcats' lead to 10-9.
With a runner on third base and two outs, Bryce Bandilla got Campbell to fly out to right field to secure the victory for the Wildcats.
The Bears had plenty of opportunities to score as they left 12 runners on base and plated only a single run with bases loaded and less then two outs in the third, fourth and seventh innings.
Baylor was able to strike first on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning when catcher Gregg Glime opened up the frame with his eighth home run of the season to break a scoreless tie.
The Wildcats responded in the top of the fourth inning when Steve Selsky opened the frame with a solo home run to right field. The home run was the ninth on the season for the Arizona outfielder. Following a hit batter, the Wildcats used the long ball again to take a 3-1 advantage following a two-run blast by designated hitter Josh Garcia.
The Bears came back to take a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning following a pair of RBI doubles by Cal Towey and Glime. Glime finished the afternoon with a pair of hits to go along with three runs batted in and one run scored while Towey notched two hits, two runs and one RBI in the contest.
On the mound, Kurt Heney upped his record to 7-4 on the season as the Wildcats' hurler allowed four runs - two earned - on six hits in six innings of action. Shawn Tolleson suffered the loss for the Bears and fell to 2-7 after allowing six runs - one earned - on five hits in 3.2 innings of work.
With the victory, the Wildcats improved to 34-22 on the season and will advance to play the winner of the TCU-Lamar game on Saturday evening with first pitch slated for 7:00 p.m.
Baylor dropped their record to 34-23 on the season and will play the loser of the TCU-Lamar game on Saturday afternoon with game time slated for 2:00 p.m.