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Bears rebound with 7-1 slugging over Lubbock

March 27, 1997

By Grant Bullinger

Lariat Sports Writer

After losing two out of three games to Texas Tech last weekend, the Baylor Bears baseball team regained some momentum Wednesday by beating the Lubbock Christian Chaparrals 7-1 at Ferrell Field.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the second inning. Two walks and one hit loaded the bases for sophomore second baseman Eric Nelson. With two outs and a full count Nelson ripped a homerun over the right field wall giving the Bears a 4-0 lead.

The Chaps scored their first run in the top of the fourth inning. Designated hitter Gabe Flores smacked a solo homerun to put the score at 4-1.

Senior pitcher and co-captain Kris Lambert came into the fifth inning with five days rest since his last appearance against Texas Tech on Friday. Lambert gave up six homeruns in Baylor's loss against Tech. Lambert fanned two batters and held the Chaps scoreless in the two and two-thirds innings that he was on the mound.

The Bears scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. With runners on second and third sophomore center fielder Jon Topolski had an RBI on a ground out. After a walk issued to Eric Nelson, sophomore right fielder Jeremy Dodson hit a run scoring single giving the Bears a 6-1 lead.

Baylor scored their final run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a Jason Jennings double that brought sophomore Mark Cogdill across the plate. The Bears went up 7-1 on the RBI hit by Jennings

Jennings came out of the designated hitter position to take the mound for the Bears in the eighth inning. Jennings struck out three in the bottom of the ninth and fanned five of the seven batters that he faced. The save issued to Jennings is his seventh save for the season tying the single season save record.

'It's great to have a guy like that in our bullpen.' Head Coach Steve Smith said. 'Jason has a chance to be really outstanding.'

The Bears will travel to Ames, Iowa, on Saturday to play a three game series against conference foe Iowa State.

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