No. 12 Texas Completes Sweep Of No. 10 Baylor

Behind an offensive barrage and pitcher <B>Justin Simmons' </b>finest outing of the year, the No. 12 Texas baseball team battered No.10 Baylor 11-3 in Waco Sunday to put the exclamation point on its first series sweep of the Bears since 1992. It was also Texas' first three-game sweep during a Bears' home series in 20 years.

Simmons showed signs of finally shaking off a year-long slump by fanning seven over a season-best eight innings of work, allowing just three hits. His third win (against four losses) came on the heels of Texas' 13-7 decision Saturday powered by four Longhorn home runs. The sweep raises Texas' record to 25-11, 9-3 in Big 12 play while the Bruins fell to 23-12, 6-6 in league play. Hopefully, Simmons' overpowering performance signals a season-turning milestone much last year's squad emerged from the log-jammed league standings in early April en route to Texas' fourth national championship.

UT took an early 1-0 lead in the opening frame with Omar Quintanilla's fourth round-tripper of the season. Baylor responded in the home-half of the first when Michael Griffin doubled in Josh Ford and Ross Bennett to put the Bears on top 2-1.

But Texas blew this open in the top of the second. Three Baylor errors, two wild pitches and Dustin Majewski's two-RBI double set the table for a six run onslaught to stake a 7-2 lead. The Horns added a run in the top of the third on Huston Street's sacrifice bunt from that scored Curtis Thigpen.

Simmons helped the Longhorn cause by retiring 13 Baylor batters in a row until the sixth when Texas took advantage of two Bears' errors and an RBI-single from Eric Sultemeier to post a 10-2 advantage.

Both Quintanilla and Sultemeier doubled in the eighth to make it an 11-2 ballgame. Baylor added a run in the bottom of the eighth on David Murphy's solo shot to complete the scoring. Quintanilla and Sultemeier each went 3-for-5 on the day to lead a Texas offense that tallied 11 runs on the afternoon.

Texas hosts UT-Pan American, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday at Disch-Falk Field.

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