Baseball: UT falls apart in Baylor rubber match

Sunday's depressing result at the Disch shouldn't come as any surprise. UT has now squared off with Baylor six times in <B>Augie Garrido's</B> six seasons in Austin and six times the Bears have taken at least two of the three games.

After dropping the series opener 5-4 in Waco on Friday, Texas gave itself the opportunity to finally give Garrido a Baylor series win with a 4-3 come-from-behind win on Saturday at the Disch. Poor pitching and pitiful defense, though, thwarted that Sunday attempt. UT's first three pitchers -- Alan Bomer, Huston Street, Brantley Jordan and Tim McGough -- gave up 15 hits and 11 runs and the defense behind them committed seven (!) errors as the Bears waltzed to an 11-4, series-clinching win.

The Horns, winners of 10 straight before Friday, fell to 14-4 on the season and a disappointing 1-2 in Big 12 play. After a Tuesday game with Winthrop at the Disch, Texas travels this weekend to Lubbock for a three-game set with Tech. Although the conference season is in its infancy, the Horns simply can not afford more than one loss to the Red Raiders, who dropped all three games to A&M in their conference-opening series in College Station. And again, history is not on the Horns' side. Like Baylor, Tech has won every series with Texas in Garrido's tenure.

If that trend holds true again this weekend, this UT team, which showed early promise, will be on an early path to league also-ran status. And despite the injury problems this team has faced -- losing Ben King for the season, Brandon Fahey indefinitely with a fractured finger and most recently Ryan France with a season-ending elbow injury -- an also-ran result in Garrido's sixth year would simply be unacceptable.

To ensure that that doesn't happen, the time to win is now.

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