OKLAHOMA CITY (May 25, 2012) -- Tyler Bremer turned in the longest outing of his career, and Max Muncy had a big day at the plate to lead Baylor to an 11-2 win in Friday’s Big 12 Championship elimination game against Kansas State at Bricktown Ballpark.
Bremer (6-1) held K-State (27-31) to two runs on seven hits and struck out three without issuing a walk in 8.0 innings. Bremer faced the minimum through 4.2 innings and needed only 58 pitches to get through six frames, and Trae Davis retired the side in order in the ninth to close out the win.
“I thought he was lights out,” head coach Steve Smith said of Bremer’s outing. “He maintained his stuff pretty well. You couldn’t have asked for a better game regardless of the circumstances. I would have opted to let him finish it if it would have been closer.”
With the win, Baylor (44-13) advances to play Oklahoma at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Bears need to beat OU in that game to force a 4 p.m. rematch to determine which team will advance to Sunday’s title game.
Baylor also broke the NCAA record for combined wins across football, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball in a single season. The Bears are 124-24 this season, breaking Texas’ combined record of 123-31 in 2003-04.
Max Muncy got the Bears going early with a two-out, two-run triple in the first, and the Bears scored at least one run in six of their nine at-bats.
Muncy finished a home run shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with two RBI, Nathan Orf scored three runs and stole three bases, and Josh Ludy added his third home run of the tournament and reached base safely in four of five plate appearances.
Orf twice stole third base and advanced home when the throw attempting to get him at third sailed down the left-field line. He also reached on a bunt single in the eighth, stole second base and scored on Lawton Langford’s two-run double. Orf joined Anthony Hensley as the only Bears to steal three bases in a Big 12 tournament game.
Bremer pitched efficiently and needed 11 or fewer pitches to get through five of his first six innings of work. The Wildcats broke through with two infield hits in the seventh, but a double-play grounder helped him limit the damage when Jon Davis followed with a two-run homer. That cut Baylor’s lead to 6-2, but the Bears answered with four runs in the top of the eighth on Langford’s two-run double and Ludy’s two-run homer.
“I knew we had a loaded bullpen today,” Bremer said. “It was a must-win game. I was one pitch at a time, and I was going to go as hard as I could for as long as I could.”
KSU starter Robert Youngdahl (2-2) took the loss after allowing four runs on two hits in 1.2 innings. Five relievers combined to allowed seven runs over 7.1 innings for the Wildcats.
Logan Vick was forced to leave the game after fouling a ball off his leg in the eighth inning. He is day-to-day with a bruised knee. Baylor has not yet announced a starter for Saturday’s 9 a.m. game, but Oklahoma is expected to start right-hander Jonathan Gray.