Steer Rally In A Bear Market: Texas 7, Baylor 6

Freshman <B>Drew Stubbs' </B>two-run homer in the top of the eighth lifted the Longhorns from a three-run deficit as No. 1 Texas (37-4) pulled out a 7-6 win over Baylor in front of a stadium-record 5,602 fans at The Baylor Ballpark on Friday. Texas' tenth straight win, coupled with Oklahoma's loss at Texas A&amp;M, moves the Horns to the top of the Big 12 standings at 10-2.

The win also marked Texas' 17th come-from-behind win this year. J. Brent Cox fanned three over 1-2/3 innings to earn the win, while Huston Street, despite some ninth inning trouble, notched his fourth save of the year. Meanwhile, Buck Cody struck out a career-best four over 2-2/3 innings of relief.

Starter Sam LeCure struggled with his offspeed pitches as the Bears took the early lead. Back-to-back singles from Michael Griffin and Kyle Reynolds with two outs in the bottom of the first yielded a 1-0 Baylor advantage. One inning later, the Bears placed runners on the corners with one out courtesy of a double from Zach Dillon and a single off the bat of Josh Ford before a Chase Gerdes two-out double made it 2-0.

Texas would cut the deficit in half in the top of the third with a two-out run of its own via a solo home run from Taylor Teagarden. But Baylor upped its advantage in the bottom of the fourth to 4-1 as three singles combined with a wild pitch plated a pair of runs. The Longhorns chipped away with a run in the fifth produced by a fielder's choice that was followed by base hits from Curtis Thigpen and Teagarden to make it a 4-2 game. Then, in the top of the sixth, David Maroul followed a one-out double by Carson Kainer and a walk to Stubbs with a sacrifice fly to right. Stubbs stole second and raced around to score on a two-out base hit from Robby Hudson to knot the game at 4-4.

The Bears would regain the lead at 5-4 with a 0-2 count, two-out home run off the bat of Drew Sutton in the bottom of the sixth. The scoreless seventh set up Texas' dramatic rally in the eighth.

Kainer reached first after becoming Texas' second hit batsman of the contest. That's when head coach Augie Garrido asked Stubbs if he preferred to bunt or swing away. The freshman left the decision up to his veteran coach. Garrido told Stubbs to expect a high fast ball. That's what he got. Stubbs connected on a two-run home run to left to begin the inning as Texas grabbed its first lead of the contest. Maroul, who reached on an infield single, scored on a RBI hit from Teagarden with two down following an error.

Street surrendered an RBI single and committed his team's only error in the top of the ninth when his hurried toss to first sailed wide of the bag. The junior then forced a 6-to-3 double play before Hudson's backhanded grab and just-in-time throw-out put this one in the record book.

Texas collected 14 hits on the night while Baylor tallied 12. It's just that most of Texas' hits came during the final four frames as Baylor (14-20, 5-7 in Big 12) let another close one slip away. Teagarden went 3-for-5 with a game-high three RBI while Kainer collected two hits in four at-bats while scoring twice, Hudson went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Stubbs collected his fifth straight two-hit outing while also stealing two bases, scoring twice and driving in a pair. Stubbs, a third round Houston Astros draft pick out of Atlanta (Texas) High, has now produced five consecutive multiple-hit games.

The Longhorns and Bears resume the series in Austin with two games slated for 6:15 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, on Saturday and Sunday at the Disch.


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