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Bobcats surprise Bears, squeak by, 8-7 Coach Steve Smith ejected in bottom of ninth inning after controversial call

March 19, 1997

Matthew Lester/The Baylor Lariat

Baylor catcher Chad Polk, a junior from Coppell, awaits a late throw to home plate. The Bobcats scored and went on to win the game, 8-7. The Bears take on Cornell University today at 6 p.m at Ferrell Field.

By Grant Bullinger

LariatSports Reporter

One day after the Baylor Bear baseball team was named the 19th best team in the nation by Baseball America they lost to the unranked Southwest Texas State Bobcats, 8-7 Tuesday at Ferrell Field.

Junior pitcher Matthew Marcom started for the Bears. Marcom came into the game with a record of 2-1. In five innings he allowed seven hits and three runs to score while striking out two.

Baylor jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first inning when Jeremy Dodson stepped up to the plate and put his seventh home run over the wall, bringing in DH Jason Jennings.

Baylor extended their lead in the third, scoring three runs.

The Bears added another run in the fourth when Blair knocked in third baseman Jeff Sandera with a double. This ended the Bears scoring for the night.

The Bobcats gave the Baylor pitching staff trouble in the sixth inning. Sophomore pitcher Mark Rodgers pitched 1/3 of the sixth allowing two hits and striking out none. Junior Brett Bergman came in to replace Rodgers. Bergman got Baylor through the rest of the sixth inning but the Bobcats' damage was done. Going into the bottom of the sixth the Bears and Bobcats were tied, 7-7.

The Bobcats went ahead of Baylor in the eighth inning 8-7 giving Southwest Texas State the upper hand.

The Bears were trying to come back in the bottom of the ninth when Jeremy Dodson came to bat. A questionable call by the first base umpire on a check swing by Dodson sent Head Coach Steve Smith across the field to protest. Smith was ejected from the game and left the field via the left field gate. Smith's outburst did not help the Bears spark a rally and the game ended 8-7.

The Bears will face Cornell University today at 6pm at Ferrell Field.

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