The No. 6 Baylor Bears have continued to shock the world as the boys from Waco has pulled consecutive upsets versus the No. 2 team in the country, the Texas A&M Aggies.
On Friday, the Aggies lost to Baylor 5-3 in what would be considered an offensive exhibition compared to Saturday's contest. Saturday turned into an epic pitcher's duel, as Ross Stripling and Baylor's Trent Blank wheeled and dealed on the mound. Blank's dominance over 8 innings held strong for the Bears, and a sacrifice fly by Max Muncy brought in the only run of the game in a 1-0 victory.
Now the series finale is upon us. If Baylor sweeps Texas A&M then the question must be asked if the Bears is one of the best in the country. Texas A&M needs this win, for no other reason than the need for a confidence boost to finish the season strong before tournament play begins.
The series concludes this Sunday afternoon with a 2:05 p.m. Central first pitch at Baylor Ballpark. The Aggies will send RHP Rafael Pineda (5-1; 2.32 ERA) to the mound to battle Baylor RHP Joey Hainsfurther (2-0; 3.67 ERA).
In the first game of a three-game series No. 6 ranked Baylor upset No. 2 Texas A&M at College Station 5-3 Friday night. The win for Baylor kept their conference record perfect at 16-0 while Texas A&M fell to 9-4 in Big 12 play.
Baylor's Josh Turley held Texas A&M's offense in check by pitching seven innings and even though he allowed eight hits he only gave up one earned run, three overall and struck out three. Texas A&M brought out Michael Wacha for the start and he did not perform poorly but he was not great either. Wacha pitched 5 and 2/3 innings allowed two earned runs, threw 121 pitches which lead to his early exit, but more importantly left the game with a 3-2 lead.
The bullpen for Texas A&M gave up three runs in the top of the eighth inning when Jason Freeman gave up two runs to get the loss and then his replacement Kyle Freeman gave up one more run before closing out the eight and pitching the ninth.
The Texas A&M offense could not get anything going in the eighth or ninth innings. In both innings Texas A&M ended the inning with a double play with the tying run at the plate.
These two teams play two more games with one on Saturday and one on Sunday.