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Bears upset Owls in extra innings

March 6, 1997

Matthew Lester / The Baylor Lariat

Chad Polk, a Coppell junior, prepares to field a strike behind Rice's swinging Lance Berkman. Berkman struck out twice in the Owls' 3-2 loss to the Bears.

By Grant Bullinger

Lariat Sports Reporter

The Baylor Bear baseball team went into extra innings as they upset the no.2 ranked Rice Owls, 3-2 Wednesday night at Ferrell Field.

Baylor pitching ace Kris Lambert started the game against Rice, a team who boasted a .390 team batting average and power hitter Lance Berkman, who has hit 15 home runs in 16 games.

The game was scoreless until the second inning when Rice DH Adam Herndon hit a solo home run. Lambert settled down afterwards and pitched an exceptional game. He went 5 2/3 innings, striking out five and allowing four hits. Lambert is seven strike outs away from breaking the Baylor all time strike out record.

After the Owls scored another run in the sixth inning off junior pitcher Matthew Marcom with one out left, a fly ball off of the first pitch ended the inning for the Owls.

The Bears scored their first run in the bottom of the sixth, when designated hitter Mark Cogdill brought Eric Nelson home with a sacrifice fly.

The Bears tied the game 2-2 in the seventh inning when Preston Underdown, a Phoenix freshman, knocked catcher Chad Polk in with a double.

Jason Jennings, a freshman pitcher from Mesquite came in the eighth, holding the Owls scoreless for the rest of the game.

In the bottom of the 11th, Jeremy Dodson, a Sherman sophomore brought in the winning run for the 1,623 fans with a sacrifice fly.

Baylor plays their second conference series against the Univerity of Nebraska this Saturday and Sunday in Lincoln, Neb.

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