WACO (March 29, 2013) -- Two home run swings by Grayson Porter led Baylor to a 13-inning 10-8 win over Kansas State, evening things up in the Bears’ Big 12 home opening series on Friday night at Baylor Ballpark.
Trailing 8-6 in the eighth, the Bears (12-15, 2-2 Big 12) jumped on Porter’s back as he launched a Jared Moore offering over the left field fence with Lawton Langford aboard after one of his career-high four hits on the night.
Five innings later with the score tied 8-8, Porter came to the plate after Langford singled again. This time, however, the junior was supposed to bunt but failed to do so twice. Fortunately for BU, it was for the better after he took Jake Doller’s (2-2) fastball on a 3-2 pitch deep to left for the Bears’ third walk-off win of the season.
In a career-best performance, Porter went 3-for-6 with five RBI and two runs scored as he set single-game highs for Baylor in home runs and RBI this season.
Equally important in the win was BU reliever Josh Michalec, who improved to 3-1 on the season. The junior threw a career-high 5.1 shutout innings while allowing just a hit and walk with three strikeouts in an efficient 59-pitch outing.
“You know, this isn’t football,” said BU Head Coach Steve Smith. “You draw [plays] up in football; in baseball you can’t draw them up. We got some timely hits, a couple big ones out of Grayson. We had great relief work out of Michalec. But even going back to [Doug] Ashby and Ryan [Smith], they kept us right there and gave our guys a chance to get going and have those big hits.”
Before trailing, the Bears jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a Cal Towey RBI single and Langford two-run single. But K-State (18-9, 3-2 Big 12) answered with four in the second and two in the third off BU starter Max Garner, who lasted three innings.
Baylor tied the game in the fifth with another three-run inning. A double by Nathan Orf, walk by Langford and sacrifice fly by Porter accounted for the runs.
The Wildcats responded again by scoring on a Tanner Witt triple in the sixth and Shane Conlon single in the eighth to set up Porter’s clutch performance.
Along with Porter’s outstanding night, Langford and Logan Brown stood out as well. Langford reached base six times with four hits and two walks to go with three RBI, two runs scored and a steal. Brown went 3-for-6 with a run and stolen base.
The teams finish the series tomorrow with a 1:06 p.m. CT first pitch on Fox College Sports for the rubber match. The probable pitchers are BU RHP Austin Stone (0-2, 5.14 ERA) and KSU RHP Matt Wivinis (4-0, 4.46 ERA).