June 5, 2010

Courtesy of Baylor Athletics

FORT WORTH, Texas - Jon Ringenberg allowed just one run in 5.2 innings, and Baylor took advantage of some timely hits to stay alive in the Fort Worth Regional with a 6-4 win over Lamar on Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium.

Baylor (35-23) scored five of its six runs with two outs, and the most important hit proved to be Max Muncy's two-run single in the eighth that extended the Bears' lead to 6-1.

Lamar (35-26) threatened with one out in the ninth when a walk and an infield single were followed by a two-run homer, but Brooks Pinckard moved from center field to the mound and got the next two batters to record his 11th save of the season.

Both Baylor starter Jon Ringenberg and Lamar starter Jonathan Dziedzic were in control of the game early, as neither team had a batter reach base until a one-out error in the bottom of the third inning.

The Bears finally broke through in the fourth when Logan Vick walked, moved to second on Brooks Pinckard's sacrifice bunt, stole third base and scored on Joey Hainsfurther's RBI single. However, Dziedzic escaped without further damage by getting Raynor Campbell to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Ringenberg allowed a leadoff single to Andy Mena in the fourth, but after a flyout, Gregg Glime threw Mena out trying to steal second base. Glime had previously thrown out Ted Zentek trying to steal in the third inning, and Lamar didn't attempt to steal again after Mena was caught in the fourth.

Baylor broke the game open in the fifth when Josh Ludy drew a two-out walk, Landis Ware followed with a single before Vick drilled a two-run double to the wall in right-center field, extending the Bears' lead to 3-0.

The Bears added another run in the sixth when Hainsfurther led off with a bunt single, moved to second on a ball in the dirt and scored on Gregg Glime's two-out RBI single.

Ringenberg finally ran into trouble in the bottom half of the sixth when V.J. Bunner led off with a liner to center that was misplayed by Pinckard for a triple. After a groundout held the runner at third, Bunner came home to score on an error by Ware. Ringenberg bounced back with a strikeout, but Wade Mathis doubled to bring the potential tying run to the plate and end Ringenberg's day.

Ringenberg (5-0) picked up the win after allowing one run on five hits in a season-high-tying 5.2 innings. Josh Turley came on in relief and got a fly ball to center field that looked like a routine out, but Pinckard couldn't find it, and Cal Towey ranged all the way over from right to make the catch and save at least two runs.

Baylor added two insurance runs that would prove to be crucial in the top of the eighth. Towey singled and Campbell doubled down the left-field line, but Glime fouled out for the second out, bringing Muncy to the plate. Muncy had been 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, but this time he brought in two runs with a single up the middle on a 1-2 pitch, giving Baylor a 6-1 lead.

Those runs would prove to be important, as Turley gave up a three-run homer to Joey Latulippe with one out in the ninth, but Pinckard needed just five pitches to get a groundout and a foul pop to end the game.

Hainsfurther went 2-for-5 with a run and one RBI, and Ware had the Bears' only other multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 and scoring a run. Vick and Muncy each collected two RBI for Baylor.

Dziedzic (5-6) took the loss after giving up four runs on five hits in 7.0 innings. Latulippe and Bunner had two hits apiece for the Cardinals.

The Bears return to regional action at 2 p.m. Sunday when they play an elimination game against the loser of Saturday night's game between TCU and Arizona. The winner of that game will advance to the championship round that will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday.