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Baylor defeats the UTA Mavericks 7-4

March 5, 2003

By Lacie Lowry

Despite falling behind the University of Texas-Arlington early, the Baylor baseball team extended its winning streak to 10 games after powering back to a 7-4 victory last night at the Baylor Ballpark.

The No. 6 Bears (12-3, 0-0) came into the game having swept a three-game series with University of California-Irvine over the weekend.

Baylor put the first score up in the first inning when junior first baseman Jared Clements hit a deep sacrifice fly to center field with the bases loaded.

The 1-0 lead did not last long, however, as the Mavericks produced four runs on five hits in the second inning. Three consecutive singles, followed by a two-RBI double and an RBI single gave UTA a substantial 4-1 lead.

The Bears continued to battle back, adding one run in the second and third innings. Junior right fielder David Murphy's RBI single up the middle plated Baylor's second run, while freshman second baseman Kyle Reynolds brought the Bears to 4-3 with his RBI single in the third.

The fourth inning brought a 4-4 tie game on Clements' solo home run. Baylor took the lead in the fifth, after a two RBI single by sophomore catcher Josh Ford put the Bears up 6-4.

Baylor added cushion to its lead in the eighth when senior first baseman Mark Saccomanno blasted a solo shot to left field. The Bears went on to win the game 7-4.

'We have enough confidence in our team and our teammates that we can be down 10-0, and we know that we will come back and win,' Ford said. 'It's a great attribute to have as a team, and that's what helps us win games. The ability for our pitchers to bounce back after a hard inning is encouraging, too.'

The Mavericks never scored again after their four-run inning, thanks to the hurling efforts of freshmen pitchers Andy Pape, Ryan LaMotta and Abe Woody. LaMotta relieved Pape in the fourth, shutting out UTA for three innings before allowing one hit in the seventh. Woody closed out the last two innings, walking one and holding the Mavericks to no hits for the save.

'Our defense is the one part of our game that will allow us to be better than anyone else,' head Coach Steve Smith said. 'We may not have the best pitching staff in the country or the highest batting average, but we have a chance defensively to be among the best.'

Baylor remains at home this weekend, playing a three-game series with No. 8 Long Beach State University. Game times are set for 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, then 1 p.m. on Sunday.