Topolski homers twice in 11-8 victory over UTSA RoadrunnersApril 9, 1997
By Grant Bullinger
Lariat Sports Writer
The Baylor Bear baseball team beat the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners, 11-8 with the help of sophomore center fielder, Jon Topolski's bat.
Topolski led off the bottom of the first inning with a triple. After sophomore right fielder James Blair walked and stole second, freshman designated hitter Jason Jennings hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Topolski. Senior first baseman and co-captian Steve Reintjes ripped a ground ball to score Baylor's second run of the inning.
The Bears tallied five runs in the bottom of the second inning. With two men on base Topolski came to bat and ripped a three run home run over the right field wall. Junior catcher Chad Polk and Reintjes both had RBIs in the second.
In the third inning lightning struck a second time for Topolski. With two men on, Topolski hit his second three- run homer over the right field wall. The Bears led the Roadrunners 10-1 after the third inning.
Two Baylor errors in the top of the fourth inning allowed UTSA to score three runs on four hits.
The Bears scored one run in the fourth inning. Blair hit an RBI single to give the Bears an 11-4 lead. Topolski came one step closer to hitting for the cycle with a single to lead off the inning.
The Roadrunners scored two runs on four hits in the top of the seventh inning off of sophomore pitcher Mark Rogers. UTSA trailed the Bears 11-8 after the seventh.
With one out in the eighth inning, freshman pitcher Jason Jennings came into the game and fanned two to finish the eighth.
Topolski had his last chance to hit for the cycle in the bottom of the eighth inning. Topolski needed a double to hit for the cycle but grounded out to second. Topolski went five for six with two home runs, a triple and two singles. Topolski knocked in six of Baylor's 11 runs.
Jennings struck out the three of the four batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning. Jennings ties the single season save record by recording his seventh save of the season.
The Bears will start a three game series with University of Missouri at 7pm Friday at Ferrell Field.
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