Bears Knock Off Horns, 5-3, In 10 Innings

No. 1 Texas (37-5, 10-3 Big 12) dropped a 5-3 decision in 10 innings to Baylor (16-20, 6-7 Big 12) in front of a season-high 6,874 at Disch-Falk Field on Saturday. It was the Horns' second home loss of the season while <B>Huston Street </B>suffered his first setback of his junior campaign against four wins.

The game began as a pitcher’s duel between starters Justin Simmons for Texas and Trey Taylor for Baylor with both offenses being regulated to a combined three base runners during the first three innings. While the Bears then managed to load the bases on an error, a walk and a hit batter in the top of the fourth, Simmons kept the scoreless tie intact by inducing his next batter to hit into a double play. Taylor, meanwhile, continued to hold the Horns without a hit by working a 1-2-3 fourth.

In the fifth, the Bears placed runners on first and second with two outs via a hit and a walk before Kyle Reynolds tripled and Reid Brees singled to put Baylor out in front 3-0. Responding immediately, the Longhorns took advantage of a pair of Bears’ errors in the bottom of the frame to plate three runs and knot the game at 3.

J.D. Reininger began the bottom of the fifth with a double to break up Taylor’s no-hit bid prior to stealing third with one out and scoring when the throw down sailed into left field. Drew Stubbs singled to extend his current hitting streak to a career-long seven games before coming around to score himself off a three-base throwing error on a groundball off the bat of David Maroul. Robby Hudson produced a two-out, RBI-single to plate Maroul with the tying run.

Following a scoreless sixth, Baylor threatened in the seventh with runners on the corners courtesy of a hit batter and a single but Street, who came on with one out in the frame, got his next batter to hit into a double play. Curtis Thigpen drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the eighth, moved to second on a sacrifice and advanced to third with two outs, but Bears’ reliever Abe Woody worked out of the jam to send the contest to the ninth still knotted at 3-3.

It would remain that way until the top of the 10th when Michael Griffin would lead off with a solo home run to left that gave the Bears a 4-3 advantage. While Baylor tacked on another run in the frame on an error with runners on first and second with two down to build a 5-3 margin, Texas would bring the tying run to the plate with two down in the bottom of the inning as Thigpen earned a walk to keep Texas alive. With the Horns attempting to rally, Woody managed to work a fly ball out to end the game and cap off the two-run Bears' victory.

The Longhorns will conclude their three-game set with the Bears on Sunday at Disch-Falk Field at 1 p.m.

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