Baylor was one out away from a Big 12 baseball victory over host Texas on Friday, before a bases-clearing, game-winning double by the Longhorns’ leading hitter Mark Payton turned what appeared to be a tough loss into a thrilling come-from=behind victory eighth-ranked Texas.
Up to that point, Baylor left-handed starter Brad Kuntz had held the Longhorn bats at bay, limiting them to two earned runs on four hits and recording four strikeouts on eight innings of work. Josh Michalec came on in relief of Kuntz in the ninth but was unable to close out the game for the Bears, who dropped to 4-5 in Big 12 play. Michalec had recorded 11 saves in his past 11 save opportunities before Friday night.
Texas jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead before the Baylor bats came alive and the Bears scored a single run in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead. The Bears added an insurance run in the eighth before, which didn’t hold up due to Texas’ game-winning rally against Michalec in the ninth.
The win went to Texas reliever Travis Duke, Starter Parker French went five-and-a-third innings before yielding to Chad Hollingsworth in the sixth. French gave up three earned runs on three hits, striking out four and walking four batters while he was in the game.
Texas, now 24-7 overall, and Baylor (15-14) play again on Saturday and conclude their three-game series on Sunday,
In other Big 12 action on Friday, Kansas State shutout Kansas 10-0 on a brilliant three-hitter by sophomore left-hander Levi MaVorhis, who upped his season record to 4-0. Oklahoma State downed visiting Texas Tech 3-1 and TCU edged West Virginia 4-3 in Ft. Worth.