"The real meat and potatoes of the game, the real essence, came down to those two homeruns," Texas head Coach Augie Garrido said. "We didn't lose the game as a result of mental mistakes."
Junior southpaw Austin Wood started on the mound for the Horns and threw six scoreless innings before the wind died down long enough to give Adam Hornung and Ben Booker a chance to put a couple shots over the fence and take a 3-0 lead.
"I can't complain about the pitch. It was just a good hit," Wood said post game.
Wood ceded the mound to Stayton Thomas but Thomas was barely given time to break a sweat. After walking both batters he faced, Thomas headed back to the dugout and passed the ball off to Brandon Workman. Workman kicked off his two and a third innings with a ball four to third baseman Shaver Hensen that loaded the bases with one out. A sacrifice fly to left field followed by a pop out to shortstop David Hernandez sent the Horns to the dugout to grab their bats with a four run disadvantage.
Texas didn't get a run on the board until the bottom of the eighth. Consecutive singles through the left side by Russell Moldenhauer and Brandon Belt followed by a walk to Preston Clark filled the bags with no outs. Pinch hitter Tant Shepherd hit a sac fly to center field that pinch runner Runey Davis took to tag up and get home. Sadly for the Horns, before things could get hot Hernandez grounded into a fielder's choice and Torres drilled a grounder to the shortstop.
Baylor put up two insurance runs in the ninth to increase its lead and the Horns couldn't answer, going one-two-three in the bottom half of the inning to finalize the loss.
"I liked a lot of what I saw today," Baylor head Coach Steve Smith said. "I've got to give some credit to our batters."
Texas failed to strike out a single Baylor batter and gave up eighth hits while committing no errors.
"Let's not all of a sudden start condemning out hitters. Baylor's pitching was great," Garrido said before praising Wood's rhythm and tempo as well.
Texas left 12 runners on base overall and ended the first inning with the bases loaded.
Despite losing a game in which he pitched six shutout innings, Wood remained positive.
"We just have to come out tomorrow and get that win," he said.
Wood (3-3) was saddled with the loss for giving up six hits and three runs. Freshman Shawn Tolleson (5-3) earned the win for striking out seven batters and giving up only one run in seven and a third innings. Willie Kempf followed Tolleson and got his first save for retiring all five batters he faced.
Texas will try to take the knotted series tomorrow at the Disch. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.