May 29, 2009

Courtesy: baylorbears.com

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Shaver Hansen was 2-for-4 with a two-run, first-inning homer, and Willie Kempf tossed 6.0 shutout innings as third-seeded Baylor blanked 21st-ranked and second-seeded Minnesota 5-0 in Friday night's first-round action at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. Baylor (30-24) has won six of its last seven first-round NCAA Tournament games. Minnesota (38-18) was shutout for the first time this season.

Hansen blasted a two-run shot that easily cleared the right-field fence with one out in the first. That ended up being all the run support Kempf (5-5), Craig Fritsch and Logan Verrett would need. Kempf, who hurled a complete-game, 7.0-inning shutout April 11 against Missouri, scattered three hits and two walks with six strikeouts. He did not allow a runner to reach scoring position and used only 76 pitches.

Baylor added insurance runs in the late innings. Gregg Glime and Raynor Campbell delivered consecutive one-out doubles in the seventh to push the Bears' lead to 3-0. Kenton Gedwed laced a two-out, two-run, pinch-hit double to left-center in the eighth to cap the scoring. It was Gedwed's ninth pinch hit of the season, which leads the Big 12 Conference; he is now 9-for-19 on the season as a pinch hitter.

As strong as Kempf was, Fritsch and Verrett were equally as dominate. Fritsch scattered a couple of hits and worked around an eighth inning walk for 2.0 shutout frames; he also struck out two. Verrett pitched a flawless ninth, striking out the side.

Dustin Dickerson, who opened the game with a single after falling behind 0-2, was 2-for-5 to run his hitting streak to 14 games. He has hit safely in 38 of the last 39 contests.

Minnesota nine-hole batter Kyle Geason turned in the Golden Golphers' lone multiple-hit game; he had two of the Gophers' five hits on the night and both came after falling behind 0-2.

Baylor now faces top-seeded and second-ranked LSU (47-17) in a winners' bracket game Saturday at 6:04 p.m. CDT. The Bears send sophomore right-hander Shawn Tolleson (1-2, 4.50 ERA) to the mound. The Tigers counter with sophomore right-hander Anthony Ranaudo (8-3, 3.29 ERA).