March 5, 2009

Courtesy of Baylor Athletics

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Logan Verrett got a strikeout and a fly out to end the ninth, stranding the potential tying run at second base, as sixth-ranked Baylor edged No. 13 TCU in Wednesday night's midweek action at Lupton Stadium. Baylor (7-2) improved to 5-1 in one-run games this season and snapped a four-game skid against TCU (6-2) that dated back to the 2007 regular season.

Verrett hit Taylor Featherston on the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth, and Matt Vern followed with a sacrifice bunt to push pinch runner Brance Rivera to second. However, Verrett struck out Bryan Holaday on an 0-2 slider and then induced a fly ball to left off the bat of pinch hitter Hunt Woodruff to end the game. Verrett logged his first career save, allowing one run on one hit and no walks with three strikeouts over 2.0 innings.

Baylor took a 2-0 lead with single spots in the first and second innings. Brooks Pinckard lay down a bunt single on the game's first pitch, stolen second and later scored on Adam Hornung's triple to the right-field line. Shaver Hansen walked to lead off the second and later scored on Featherston's two-out throwing error from shortstop.

That score held until the bottom of the eighth. Matt Carpenter led off the frame with a double past a diving Pinckard in left-center. Carpenter moved to third on Matt Curry's one-out ground out and came home when Verrett was called for a balk with an 0-2 count on Jason Coats. Verrett struck out Coats on the next pitch to end the inning.

Baylor starter Aaron Miller (1-0) earned the win, tossing 5.0 scoreless innings on three hits and four walks with three strikeouts. Trent Blank bridged the gap from Miller to Verrett, allowing one hit with a strikeout in 2.0 scoreless innings.

TCU starter Steven Maxwell (1-1) was saddled with the loss after yielding two runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts over 4.1 innings.

Pinckard was 2-for-3 with a walk.

Baylor returns to action this weekend, hosting the fourth-annual QTI Baylor Classic at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears face South Alabama at 6:30 p.m. CST Friday, No. 5 UC Irvine at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and UAB at 3 p.m. Sunday. Other games in the event are UAB vs. UC Irvine at 2 p.m. Friday, South Alabama vs. UAB at 2 p.m. Saturday and UC Irvine vs. South Alabama at 11 a.m. Sunday.

NOTES: Baylor leads the all-time series 134-105. This is the third most-played series in Baylor baseball history behind only Texas (329 meetings) and Texas A&M (262). ... TCU leads the series 50-49 in games played at Fort Worth. ... The Bears are 15-18 against TCU during head coach Steve Smith's tenure. ... Baylor is 142-107 all-time against programs currently playing as members of the Mountain West Conference. ... Baylor is 155-233-1 all-time against ranked opponents, including a 2-1 mark this season, a 73-94 record this decade and a 49-118 record in road games. ... This was Baylor's first midweek game against a ranked opponent since a 13-0 loss May 15, 2007, at top-ranked Rice. ... Miller extended his hitting streak to five games, while Pinckard moved to a three-game streak.