Reliever Craig Fritsch earned the win and improved to 3-5 on the year, going 4.2 innings and striking out nine batters while giving up two runs, just one of which was earned. UT’s Austin Dicharry (6-2) took the loss for the Longhorns, relieving starter Cole Green after five innings. Baylor’s Kendal Volz also earned the save – the first of his career – with three innings of work to close the game.
The Bears put up two runs in the top of the first to take a quick lead, led by Aaron Miller’s two-run homerun to right. Texas countered with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the inning followed by two more runs in the second to make it 5-2.
Responding to Baylor’s one run in the top of the third, Texas plated two runs in the bottom half of the inning, starting with Connor Rowe’s leadoff triple to right. Rowe later scored on a sacrifice fly by Michael Torres. After Travis Tucker reached on catcher’s interference, Belt doubled to right to score Tucker, and UT took a 7-3 lead for two quiet innings.
In the sixth, Baylor strung together eight runs off five hits to take an 11-7 lead. After Raynor Campbell was hit by a pitch, Shaver Hansen doubled down the line to move Campbell to third. Aaron Miller walked to load the bases, and Ben Booker singled to left to score Campbell. With one out and the bases still loaded, Don Lambert walked for the second run of the inning.
Brooks Kimmey then had a sacrifice fly to right to bring in Miller, and Dustin Dickerson fired a hard shot off the shortstop’s glove for a two-run double to left center to score Lambert and Booker. In the second go-around of the batting order, Campbell singled in Joey Hainsfurther. Hansen wrapped up the inning with a two-run double to score Campbell and Dickerson before being tagged out on his way to third.
Baylor extended its lead with two runs in the seventh, highlighted by a double by Booker, who scored just after Evatt on an error. The Longhorns pulled within four in the bottom of the inning, as Travis Tucker sparked the rally with a single to right, scoring on Loy’s roundtripper. Heading into the eighth inning, the score sat at 13-9.
Evatt punctuated the Bears’ efforts with a solo shot to deep left in the top of the ninth, sealing their 14-9 win.
Brandon Belt (4-for-6) and Brandon Loy (4-for-4) paced Texas’s offense, with Belt driving in three runs and homering for the seventh time this year. Kevin Keyes was also 2-for-5 with three RBI.
Texas (38-13-1) moves on to face fifth-seeded Kansas at 3 p.m. on Thursday, while Baylor (28-23) is set to play No. 4 Kansas State at 7:30 p.m. in pool play.