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Baylor Starts Early In Victory over Kansas
May 23, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY No. 8 seed Baylor beat fifth-seeded Kansas 8-4 Saturday afternoon in the ninth game of the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.

Baylor didn’t waste any time building its lead, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first to go up 3-0. Leadoff Dustin Dickerson started the game with a single through the right side. Two batters later, Shaver Hansen singled to second to move Dickerson to third. After a Kansas pitching change, Aaron Miller hit a single to center field to score Dickerson and advance Hansen to third. Ben Booker later doubled to right center, scoring Miller and Hansen for the second and third runs of the inning.

The second inning was nearly identical, with the Bears adding another three-spot on the board. This time BU scored with a long homerun. With two outs and two runners on, Hansen sent a 1-0 pitch over the rightfield wall to extend the Baylor lead to 6-0.

The Jayhawks quickly answered the homerun with their own long ball in the top of the third. With the bases loaded and two outs, Tony Thompson homered to left, cutting the Baylor lead to 6-4.

Those four runs, however, were all the Jayhawks could score, as Baylor added a run in both the fourth and seventh innings using sacrifice flies to earn the 8-4 win.

Baylor pitcher Craig Fritsch was credited with the win, improving his record to 4-5, while Kansas’ Lee Ridenhour took the loss, moving to 6-3. Baylor’s Kendal Volz also recorded his second save of the year.

Baylor’s win improved its championship record this week to 2-1, while KU’s loss dropped its record to 0-3.

Based on previous pool play games, the Bears and the Jayhawks are both eliminated from contention for Sunday’s championship game.

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