April 25, 2012
WACO, Texas - The Baylor Bears avenged an early-season setback by holding on for Wednesday night's 6-4 nonconference win over UT Arlington at Baylor Ballpark.
The Mavericks dropped to 26-15 and fell one game short of UTA's first-ever season sweep of Big 12 schools. The Mavericks were 4-0 against the conference coming into Wednesday, with wins against Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Baylor.
UTA had beaten the Bears 5-4 on March 13 at Clay Gould Ballpark. That had been Baylor's last loss before falling Tuesday at UTSA. In between, the Bears reeled off a school record 24-game winning streak.
"It was a good effort," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "They're good for a reason, but I thought that was one of the worst mid-week games we've played all season."
The Mavericks didn't go down without a fight. UTA scored twice in the ninth and had two runners in scoring position with one out. Philip Incaviglia struck out and Ryan Walker grounded out to end the upset try.
Thomas came into the game planning to use the bullpen extensively with only one day off before opening a Southland Conference series at Stephen F. Austin. Adam Westbrook was the first on the hill and went two innings.
The Bears (36-8) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first off Westbrook on Dan Evatt's home run to center. At first the ball appeared to be a lazy fly, but it caught the jet stream and sailed over the wall.
Kasey Merck relieved Westbrook in the third, and the Bears added another run. Baylor also scored off relievers Chase Weaver and Chad Nack. Kennedy Winn and Michael Morales also came out of the 'pen.
The Mavericks did cut the Baylor lead to 3-1 in the fourth. Preston Morrow's two-out single to center scored Miller, who reached third thanks to two wild pitches. Morrow had three hits on the evening. Morrow had three hits in the game.
UTA chased Baylor reliever Dillon Newman in the eighth with back-to-back hits from Travis Sibley and Incaviglia. Sibley scored on Miller's groundout, but Incaviglia was left stranded at third.
UTA returns to league action Friday at 3 p.m. for the start of a three-game set at Stephen F. Austin.