LUBBOCK (May 18, 2013) -- Baylor salvaged the last game of the last Big 12 regular season series as the Bears erupted for a season-high run total in a 15-8 win over Texas Tech on Sunday afternoon at Rip Griffin Park.
The win gave Baylor 27 for the season and 12 in league play, marking the 29th season since 1977 with 27 or more wins and 15th time in 17 Big 12 seasons with 12 or more wins.
Baylor (27-25, 12-11 Big 12) took advantage of a season-high 12 walks and added 11 hits as it scored five in the first inning and put the game on ice with eight in the fifth. The five-run first was the highest scoring first inning all season and since doing the same against Texas A&M Corpus Christi on April 18, 2012 in Waco.
Seniors Jake Miller and Nathan Orf came through in a large way in their last regular season game. Miller went 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBI along with three runs scored and two doubles. He delivered a three-run double to get Baylor going in the first and a two-run single in the prosperous fifth. Orf went 2-for-5 with a career-high-tying four RBI along with two runs, a triple and walk. He drove in the game’s first run on a single and cleared the bases with his fifth-inning triple.
“[We got clutch hits when we needed them] very much unlike the day before,” said BU Head Coach Steve Smith. “We clearly got some big hits and took the ball fours when we needed to. Jake had a big day. Up and down the lineup, we seemed pretty locked in.”
Earning the win in relief was Crayton Bare (6-2). In a gutsy effort, he threw four innings while allowing four runs on eight hits and one walk with three strikeouts. The decision marked Bare’s fifth win in Big 12 play this season, tying the Baylor single season record for relief wins in league play.
Bare had to step in for starter Austin Stone, who struggled for the first time in a while. Prior to the game he had three straight starts with six or more innings and three or less runs allowed, but he gave up four to the Red Raiders (25-28, 9-15 Big 12) in two innings on two hits and five walks.
“Perseverance is more important than talent sometimes,” said Smith. “Offensively, it was a good day. It was a tough day for pitchers on both sides. The strike zone was minute. I thought Austin let it beat him early in the game. He came out really sharp in the first inning, but as soon as a borderline pitch was called a ball it went downhill from there, which was disappointing. Crayton and Josh [Michalec] seemed to manage the difficulty of it pretty well.”
Texas Tech starter Corey Taylor (2-5) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits and one walk with one strikeout in 3.1 innings.
Due to Baylor’s travel schedule, the game was called short after eight innings as the game lasted three hours and 31 minutes.
Depending on the results of the rest of Saturday and Sunday’s Big 12 action, Baylor could finish as high as third or as low as seventh in the league standings heading into the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship. The tournament will take place May 22-26 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Notes: Baylor trails the all-time series against Texas Tech 75-76 and trails 24-47 in Lubbock and is 28-35 under Steve Smith … Since the Big 12’s first season in 1997, Baylor has lost nine of 17 conference series against TTU … Baylor has lost six of the eighth all-time Big 12 series at Texas Tech (won in 1998 and 2010) and is 7-17 in Lubbock in Big 12 play … Baylor has had 12 or more wins in Big 12 play in all but two of 17 seasons … Since 1977, Baylor has had 27 or more wins 29 times … Baylor is 7-7 on Saturdays … Baylor is 5-5 in series finales … Baylor is 47-50 all-time in TV games, 9-4 this season and 18-9 since 2011 … Baylor’s five-run first inning was the most runs scored in the first inning all season and most since doing the same against Texas A&M Corpus Christi on April 18, 2012 in Waco … Baylor’s 15 runs scored and 14 RBI were a season high and the most since scoring 16 with 14 RBI against Texas on May 17, 2012 … Baylor set a season high with 12 walks, most since doing the same against UTSA on May 15, 2012 … Grayson Porter has a seven-game on-base streak … Adam Toth has reached base in a career-high 17 straight games, has a four-game hitting streak, has multiple hits in six of his last 10 games and has tied a career high with 18 stolen bases … Nathan Orf has reached base in six straight games and tied a career high with four RBI … With Cal Towey’s 14th career triple in the third inning he moved into a tie for ninth all-time in Baylor and Big 12 history … Jake Miller’s five RBI set a new career high … Prior to the game Austin Stone had three straight starts with six or more innings and three or less runs given up and has done so four times in his 10 starts … With the win in relief for Crayton Bare, he moves into a tie for second all-time at Baylor in single season relief wins (6), a tie for first in all-time Baylor single season Big 12 relief wins (5), 10th all-time at Baylor in career relief wins (8) and a tie for second in Baylor all-time career Big 12 relief wins (6) … Bare gave up his first home run of the season and first in 54.1 innings dating back to last season.