OKLAHOMA CITY (May 25, 2013) -- An early lead for Baylor was erased by a pair of two-run Texas Tech innings in the fifth and sixth as the Bears’ season came to a close with an 8-2 loss on Saturday morning at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark to end pool play at the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.
“Tough game to play emotionally for both sides,” said BU Head Coach Steve Smith as both teams were playing with no chance to advance to the Big 12 Championship title game and were playing their last game of the season. “I know it was for us, but I thought our seniors were good today. I thought they were locked in, but we just weren't able to get it done.”
Baylor (27-28) struck first with a Steve DalPorto RBI fielder’s choice in the second inning but left the bases loaded. The three runners left aboard proved to be costly as the BU offense managed to get runners into scoring position just two more times the rest of the game.
“I thought Matt Withrow was kind of effectively wild,” Smith said of TTU’s starter. “I know it was hard for guys to settle in and get comfortable, but he weathered it. He got through it. I don't know how many we had on. Jake (Miller) hit a ball and lined out to the third baseman. He hit another ball hard and lined out to center. It wasn't like we were swinging and missing a lot.”
Texas Tech (26-30) countered with a run in the third to tie it as Devon Conley tripled down the right field line and scored on the play as Nathan Orf had trouble picking up the ball.
The Bears regained the lead in the fifth as Logan Brown led off with a walk and stole second before scoring on an Orf single. However, the next two innings for the Red Raiders offense created separation and put the game away.
In the bottom of the fifth, TTU received RBI singles from Tim Proudfoot and Bryant Burleson. Then in the sixth, Proudfoot struck again with a two-run, two-out double. Adding further insurance, TTU added three runs in the eighth to eliminate any chance of a Baylor comeback.
Despite a solid outing, BU starter Austin Stone (3-3) took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts in five innings. TTU starter Matt Withrow (5-3) earned the win following a five-inning performance while surrendering two runs on two hits and five walks with four strikeouts. Jonny Drozd picked up his first save of the season with four innings of scoreless relief to close out the game.
“I think Austin was really good, but like everybody, you've got to be able to get through the order multiple times,” said Smith. “I thought he was sharp. It was really similar to me to the way he started the game last weekend in Lubbock. He was really sharp, and it was the best I think I'd seen him. Then all of a sudden the strike zone disappeared and he lost it. I was happy to see him today bounce back from that outing and really come out and throw the ball pretty well. You've got to give them credit. He threw the ball well.”
With a 27-28 record to end the season, Baylor finished below .500 for the first time since 2004 and second time in the last 18 seasons. The Bears’ 0-3 mark in the Big 12 Championship is just the fourth time they’ve gone winless in the event’s 17-year history.