Bases Loaded Wild Pitch Gives Baylor 2-1 Win over Memphis
March 11, 2012
Dan Langfield allowed three infield hits in a complete-game effort, but a bases loaded wild pitch with two outs in the eighth allowed the winning run to score as Baylor won game one of the doubleheader 2-1 on Sunday at Baylor Ballpark.
Heavy rain in Waco, Texas, forced cancellations on Friday and Saturday so the two teams play two, seven inning games today. Memphis falls to 5-9 on the season with the loss and Baylor improves to 10-6.
The Tigers used two-out hits in the first to take a 1-0 lead in their first at-bat. Eli Hynes doubled off the right field wall to extend his hit streak to 13 games. Derrick Thomas collected his ninth RBI of the season with a single through the right side that plated Hynes from second.
Tigers' starter Dan Langfield issued a leadoff walk to Michael Howard in third and Howard advanced to second on a one-out groundout. With Baylor's first runner in scoring position on the day, Langfield got out of the inning as Nathan Orf flied out to right field.
Thomas led off the fourth with a single to left-center and he moved up to second after soggy outfield conditions led to an error by the Baylor centerfielder. Colton Simbeck moved Thomas to third base with a sacrifice bunt, but Baylor starter Josh Turley worked out of the jam with a strikeout and groundout to strand Thomas at third.
Baylor used a leadoff walk to start a rally in the sixth inning. After a sacrifice bunt advanced the runner to scoring position, Cal Towey reached on the Bears second infield single of the afternoon. Baylor then knotted the score on a sacrifice fly by Max Muncy.
The Bears retired 12 of the next 14 Tiger batters following the final out of the fourth. Turley finished his day with seven innings pitched, a career-high 11 strikeouts and he allowed five hits.
Baylor started the eighth with an infield single, their third infield single of the day, to put the Tigers in a jam. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner to scoring position and a wild pitch advanced pinch-runner Logan Brown to third. Two walks, one intentional, loaded the bases to set up the double play at any bag, but Muncy popped out to get the Tigers one out away from sending it to the ninth. Ahead in the count 0-2 to Josh Ludy, Langfield's pitch went high and tipped off the glove of catcher Keaton Aldridge allowing the winning run to score.
Langfield threw 129 pitches in 7.2 innings of work and fell to 3-1 on the season with the loss. He allowed three hits, all infield singles, walked five and struck out five. Max Garner earned the win after throwing a scoreless eighth. Memphis out-hit Baylor 5-3 on the game and Thomas led the Tigers with two hits.
Game two of the doubleheader is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. The Tigers return to FedExPark and host Austin Peay on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.