BU Beats ASU, Again, Faces Rice, Again

Cory VanAllen took the mound for the Bears for the 2nd time against Arizona State this postseason. This time, he was able to pitch more than one inning. With the Baylor bats giving the Bears the early lead, all the pitching staff had to do was hold on.

With the Bears trailing Arizona State by one in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Beamer Weems stepped to the plate. He proceeded to knock a 3-run shot over the fence giving the Bears a lead they would never relinquish.

That was the Bears second homer of the day, as Mike Pankratz hit a solo homerun the inning before with the Bears trailing by 2.

The Bears added some insurance with 2 outs in the 6th as Weems scored on a wild pitch followed by an infield single to short which led to a bad throw and 2 more Bear runs as Kevin Sevigny and Chase Gerdes rounded the bases.

Cory VanAllen pitched 5 and 2/3 innings, giving up 4 walks and 5 hits while only striking out 1. Though it wasn't his best outing, he did enough to get the win. Jeff Mandel came on in reflief and did not allow Arizona State to score another run as Baylor held on for the 7-2 win.

The Bears continue the postseason in the regional championship game against Rice, whom they lost to by a familiar score yesterday 7-2. First pitch is scheduled for 4 CST and should see Baylor pitcher Tim Matthews vs. Rice leftie Joe Savery.

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