Baseball falls short against No. 21 Baylor
March 22, 2011
WACO, Tex. - No. 21 Baylor broke a tie game in the fourth by scoring four runs and beat UT Arlington, 6-1, Tuesday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.
Five Baylor pitchers combined to hold the Mavericks to one run on seven hits.
"We are very stagnant offensively right now," UTA coach Darin Thomas said. "We just need to go back to work and do some little things. We're starting to strike out and not take good swings in hitters' counts. It's showing up in the games. That's two (runs), one (run), two (runs), one (run). You're not going to win many games if that's the case.
"We have got to do a lot better job taking pressure off our pitching staff by scoring and scoring early in the game."
Brian Nephew led the Mavericks offensively, going 3-for-4 with a home run.
Nephew put UTA on the board first when he blasted a two-out solo home run to left field in the second inning.
The Mavs held the lead until the third when Baylor scored an unearned run on Max Muncy's sacrifice fly.
The Bears struck again in the fourth, posting their four-spot on four hits. Joey Hainsfurther's RBI triple to left-center field was the big hit in the inning. The ball originally looked like an easy flyball out for the Mavs, but center fielder Nick Orr slipped on the outfield grass. The ball bounced just feet away from a recovering Orr and skipped past, enabling Hainsfurther to get a triple on the play.
The hit scored Josh Ludy and Hainsfurther scored a batter later on Chris Slater's single.
Baylor pitchers Jon Ringenberg, Brad Kuntz, Tyler Bremer and Colt Browder frustrated the Mavericks offense from there. The Bears pitchers allowed UTA to reach base just two more times until the ninth - Nephew's singles in the fifth and seventh.
"I'm just trying to get not too long (in the swing) in the games and getting my foot down a little bit earlier," said Nephew, who has now hit safely in his last 14 games. "I'm just seeing the ball well right now."
Calan Pritchard was pinned with his first loss of the season. Over his 3.0-plus innings, Pritchard gave up four runs, three earned, on four hits. He walked two and struck out one.
Ryan Walker went 0-for-4, snapping his 19-game hit streak. Walker was one game shy of tying Preston Beck's freshman hit streak record. Beck set the record last year by recording hits in 20 consecutive games last season.
UT Arlington (12-9) plays again Friday when it opens a three-game series against Northwestern State at Clay Gould Ballpark. Friday's first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.