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Kansas State falls to upset-minded Bears, 9-7 with Polk homer

April 24, 1997

Baylor bags first conference series sweep

By Grant Bullinger

Lariat Sports Writer

The Baylor Bears baseball team overcame a 6-0 deficit to beat conference foe Kansas State University, 9-7 completing the three game sweep Wednesday at Ferrell Field.

The Wildcats had one run on one hit going into the top of the second inning when a throwing error by freshman catcher Bryan Loeb allowed two runs to cross the plate. With two men on, KSU power hitter Heath Schesser blasted a three-run home run giving Kansas State a 6-0 lead.

The Bears scored first in the bottom of the third inning. Freshman third baseman Preston Underdown led the inning off with a double and reached home on a KSU throwing error. Sophomore left fielder James Blair extended his hitting streak to 23 consecutive games with an RBI triple.

'When James is swinging the bat well it helps the club,' Head Coach Steve Smith said.

The Bears were down 6-2 after the third.

Baylor scored two more runs in the bottom of the third inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Underdown hit an RBI single. Sophomore center fielder Jon Topolski beat out a throw to first, scoring another run for the Bears.

Blair blasted a solo home run over the left field wall to score Baylor's only run in the fifth inning. Baylor was down 7-5 after the fifth inning.

Baylor's bats came alive in the bottom of the seventh inning to put the Bears in front of the Wildcats. With the bases empty, freshman designated hitter Jason Jennings rocked a towering home run over the right field wall. In his second game back after recovering from a broken hand, sophomore right fielder Jeremy Dodson hit an RBI double off of the right field wall. Dodson's RBI tied the game 7-7. Junior catcher Chad Polk put the Bears on top when the ball left his bat and left Ferrell Field over the right field wall. Baylor scored four runs on four hits in the seventh inning.

A Baylor record was broken in the bottom of the ninth inning when freshman designated hitter Jason Jennings stepped onto the mound for the Bears. Jennings struck out one batter and allowed no runs to cross the plate. Jennings was credited with the save for the game, giving him his eighth save for the season, breaking the single-season save record of seven held by Alan McKay since 1983. Jennings is one save away from tying the career save record of nine held by Frank Foltyn.

The Bears will take on Dallas Baptist University in a two game series starting at 7 p.m. Friday at Ferrell Field.

James Phillips / The Baylor Lariat

Kip Wells, a Missouri City sophomore, pitches in the Bears 9-7 victory over Kansas State University Wednesday. They begin a two-game series against DBU on Friday at Ferrell Field.

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