June 5, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas – The Baylor Bears overcame a ninth-inning rally by Lamar en route to eliminating the Cardinals from the Fort Worth Regional with a 6-4 victory at Lupton Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Bears were led by a solid pitching performance by Jon Ringenberg, who remained perfect on the season with a 5-0 record. The Baylor hurler allowed one earned run on five hits and struck out four hitters in 5.2 innings of action.
The Bears broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning when Logan Vick opened up the frame with a walk, reached second on a sacrifice then stole third. Joey Hainsfurther connected on a single up the middle to plate the Baylor outfielder and give the Bears a 1-0 advantage.
Hainsfurther collected a pair of hits in the game to go along with one RBI and one run scored.
Lamar recorded two quick outs to being the top of the fifth inning, but Cardinal’s hurler Jonathan Dziedzic surrendered a walk to Josh Ludy and a single to Landis Ware to give the Bears added life. Ware added two hits in the game to lead the Bears. A two-out double by Vick plated by Ludy and Ware to give Baylor a 3-0.
After Baylor added an insurance run in the top of the sixth frame, the Cardinals were able to get on the scoreboard after V.J. Bunner led off the bottom of the sixth with a triple to center field. The Lamar second baseman would score two batters later when Andy Mena reached base on a throwing error by Ware.
The Cardinals made a late rally in the bottom of the ninth inning when Joey Latulippe connected on a three-run home run to cut the Bears’ lead to two runs at 6-4. Latulippe led the Cardinals with two hits, three runs batted in and one run score.
Following Latulippe’s sixth home run of the season, Baylor sent their closer Joey Pinckard to the mound, who recorded two quick outs to end the game and picked up his 11th save of the season.
Dziedzic suffered the loss and fell to 5-6 on the season as the Lamar hurler allowed four runs – all earned – on five hits in 7.0 innings of action. The Cardinals’ freshman also struck out eight batters.
With the victory, Baylor improved to 35-23 on the season and will advance to play the loser of the TCU-Arizona game on Sunday afternoon with first pitch set for 2:00 p.m. The Cardinals concluded their season with a 35-26 overall record.