Bears Moving on to Super Regionals

P. Ryan LaMotta, Fr.

How do you spell suspense? Baylor's game today with Southern Mississippi would definitely spell suspense. In a game that saw it's first four innings go without a single run being scored, this game got interesting, and very, very suspenseful. And Baylor was using a true freshman pitcher, so just how suspenseful do you want it?

In the bottom of the 5th inning, Southern Miss got the first run of the ball game to lead the Bears 1-0. There was no more scoring until the bottom of the 7th when Southern Miss put another run on the scoreboard to go up 2-0. A win by Southern Miss would force the Bears to play a second game for the regional championship.

In the top of the 7th inning the Bears would answer. Trey Webb started off by grounding out to third base. Kyle Reynolds reached on a throwing error by the pitcher and wound up at second base. Evidently the starting pitcher Dewitt was injured on the play and replaced with Tubbs. This put Zach Dillon at the plate, pinching for Kevin Sevigny. Dillon grounded to short on a fielder's choice, but Reynolds moved over to third base. Chris Durbin would walk off a full count, putting runners on the corners with two outs. David Murphy, who was 0-for-2 with a walk in the first, hit a double into the corner in left field to score both runners. That put Josh Ford at the plate. The pitch count went from 0-1 to 0-2. The next was a key pitch. Ford swung at what would have been strike three and foul-tipped it, but the catcher failed to hold onto the ball, giving Ford another opportunity. He didn't disappoint. Josh Ford slapped a "Texas Leaguer" into shallow center field scoring Murphy from second and giving the Bears the lead, 3-2.

The Golden Eagles would go down in order in the bottom of the 8th, and the Bears made no threat in the top of the 9th. But now, the game entered the bottom of the 9th and we get back to suspense. With one out, the Golden Eagle batter, Griff Israel hit a liner for a base hit, and then aggressively turned the corner and headed for second. The throw was in time, and the tag was made, but the ball was dropped and with one out, Southern Miss had a runner at second.

This put Zane Carlson on the mound for LaMotta who had pitched the entire game with 103 pitches. On a passed ball, the pinch-runner, Alan Smith advanced to third, but the batter Jarrett Hoffpauir would strike out, and with two away, the infield could back up. That put Lowery at the plate. First pitch was wide for ball one and it was 1-0. The next pitch was grounded by Jason Lowrey to Kyle Reynolds who made the throw to first to get the final out and send the Bears to the Super Regionals.

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