Bears beat Horns 2-1March 18, 1997
Lambert holds K record, team now #20
By Grant Bullinger
Lariat Sports Reporter
The Baylor Bear baseball team's hard work has finally paid off. After sweeping the University of Nebraska and taking two out of three from No.16 University of Texas, the Bears have been ranked 20th in the nation.
The Bears swept the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a three game series in Lincoln, Neb. Baylor was scheduled for a double header on March 8.
The Bears won both games of the double header 7-6, 13-4. The Bears won the third game of the series on March 9 by a score of 12-3. Sophomore Jon Topolski went 8 for 15 with 5 RBI's while sophomore James Blair was 5 for 12 with 6 RBI's in the series against Nebraska.
The Bears split a two game series against the University of Southern Mississippi in Waco on March 11 and 12.
The Bears carried a record of 13-6 into the conference series against Texas.
The Bears were in Austin for the first game of a three game series on Friday. Senior pitcher Kris Lambert struck out three batters in the game to put him atop Baylor's all-time strike out leader-board with 228 career K's. Junior catcher Chad Polk led the Bears in the first game with 3 hits and 3 RBI's.
The two teams came to Baylor's Ferrell Field to finish the series. Sophomore pitcher Kip Wells got the loss for the second game of the series. Five errors by the Bears allowed three unearned runs which gave the Longhorns a 6-5 victory.
The Bears turned things around to win the third game of the series 7-4. Baylor had 14 hits in the game against the Horns.
Sophomore right fielder Jeremy Dodson hit his sixth home run while hitting 2 of 3 with 1 RBI.
Junior pitcher Michael Bradford was credited with the win. Bradford pitched six innings, allowing five hits and fanning three.
Freshman pitcher Jason Jennings came into the game in the seventh inning and finished the game for the Bears. Jennings allowed four hits while striking out four.
The Bears play Southwest Texas State at 6 p.m. today at Ferrell Field.
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