Texas Completes Sweep of Baylor
Chance Wheeless (Will Gallagher/Inside Texas)
Chance Wheeless (Will Gallagher/Inside Texas)

Posted Mar 18, 2007


Texas opened Big 12 Conference play with a weekend sweep of Baylor with 8-3 decision Sunday in Waco. Kyle Russell carried the big bat for the Horns, swatting four home runs during the three-game series.

Bradley Suttle also came up big with two round-trippers in Saturday's 14-2 thumping to help raise Texas to 19-7 on the season, 3-0 in league play. The Bears are now 12-10, 0-3 in league play.

It was the fourth time this season that Russell hit two homers in a game. For the weekend, Kyle Russell went 5-for-12 and accounted for seven RBI. His first round-tripper Sunday put the exclamation point on a three-run rally in the bottom of the fourth. Chance Wheeles got things started with lead-off double before Suttle doubled to plate Wheeless. Russell's shot over left-center field spotted the Horns a 3-0 lead.

The Bears erased the goose egg with Chase Gerdes' solo-shot in the top of the fifth. Russell's second homer made it a 5-1 ballgame. Texas added three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, including RBI singles from Suttle and Josh Prince.

Joseph Krebs (4-0) was credited with the win after scattering five hits and one walk while fanning two over five innings.

The Horns captured the series Saturday in Waco with a 17-hit barrage en route to a 14-2 thumping. Suttle homered twice and helped get things started with a controversial at-bat in the top of the third. His team trailing 2-0 and with two down. Bradley took what the partisan Baylor crowd of 5,281 assumed was a called third strike from starting pitcher Kendal Volz. Instead, Suttle worked an 11-pitch at-bat into a base-on-balls. It put a Horn on every bag, setting the table for Kyle Russell. His two-run single up the middle on a 3-2 pitch ignited a seven-run rally.

The Horns would tack-on four more runs in the next frame as both Suttle and Russell went yard on consecutive at-bats. Josh Prince went 4-for-6 on the afternoon, including a pair of doubles. The 12-run loss was the Bears worst in the nine-year history of Baylor Ballpark. Adrain Alaniz raised his record to 6-1 for his seven innings of work. The junior surrendered three consecutive hits in the bottom of the first but allowed just one additional hit from the next 23 batters he faced.

Texas hosts Texas State Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. before opening its Big 12 home slate against Kansas State this weekend.


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