FORT WORTH (March 6, 2012) -- Baylor tied an NCAA record with 10 hit batsmen, helping the Bears take a 4-2 lead in the seventh, but TCU took advantage of four straight walks to score six runs in the eighth on its way to a 9-4 win on Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium.
The Bears and Horned Frogs combined to hit 13 batters, breaking the NCAA record for most total hit batsmen in a game. Baylor walked eight and TCU walked three, bringing the total number of free bases to 24 – double the 12 total hits in the game.
“It was ugly, it was just an ugly game,” head coach Steve Smith said. “It’s hard to watch some of what we do, particularly on the mound. This was not a hard game to pitch, the wind is blowing in the batters’ faces, and it’s just not that hard.”
Baylor (9-5) didn’t record its first hit until Cal Towey singled in the seventh inning, but the Bears followed that hit with a Josh Ludy RBI groundout and a two-out RBI double from Logan Vick to take a 3-2 lead.
Three Baylor relievers combined to issue four straight walks with one out in the eighth, with Keaton Jones drawing the fourth bringing in the tying run. After Nick Wright got a strikeout for the second out in the inning, Jason Coats hit a two-run single, the next two batters were hit by pitches and Jerrick Suiter hit a two-run single to put TCU in front 9-4.
The Bears took an early lead with a run in the third inning without the benefit of a hit. Logan Brown drew a walk and three straight Baylor batters were hit by pitches, with Josh Ludy driving in Brown to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.
TCU (5-6) answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Braden Mattson tied the game with a sacrifice fly and Suited reached on a two-out error to bring in another run to give TCU a 2-1 lead.
Neither team scored again until the Bears broke out for three runs in the top of the seventh. Nathan Orf was hit by a pitch, Towey followed with a single, and after Max Muncy advanced both runners, Ludy followed with a RBI groundout to tie the game at 2-2. Vick’s RBI double gave the Bears the lead, and Michael Howard reached on an error to provide an insurance run.
TCU cut the lead in half on Mattson’s two-out RBI double in the seventh, but Doug Ashby got a groundout to strand a pair of runners in scoring position and escape the inning with the Bears clinging to a 4-3 lead.
Orf tied a school record when he was hit by a pitch for the third time leading off the eighth inning. He stole second and moved to third on Towey’s sacrifice bunt, but the Bears were unable to bring him home when Ludy and Vick struck out against Kevin Allen.
Allen (1-0) got the win with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Kolt Browder (0-1) took the loss after walking the only two batters he faced in the eighth inning. Baylor starter Dillon Newman didn’t factor in the decision after allowing one run on five hits in 2.1 innings, while TCU starter Brandon Finnegan was effectively wild, hitting six batters and allowing one run in 4.2 no-hit innings.
Ludy had two RBI, while Towey, Vick and Lawton Langford had the Bears’ only hits. Coats and Suited each had three hits and two RBI for TCU.
Baylor returns home to host Michigan State for $1 hot dog night at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday. Memphis comes to Baylor Ballpark for a three-game series over the weekend, with first pitch in Friday’s series opener scheduled for 6:35 p.m.