June 6, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas – Willie Kempf allowed only two runs in eight innings of action en route to leading the Baylor Bears to a 4-2 victory over the University of Arizona on Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium in the Fort Worth Regional.
Kempf – who improved his record to 9-2 on the season – struck out eight hitters and did not surrender a walk in the afternoon contest. The Baylor starter held the Wildcats scoreless over the final five innings of action while only allowing two hits during that span.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Cole Frenzel and Robert Refsnyder both singled to start off the frame. Following a sacrifice bunt by Seth Mejias-Brean, Arizona shortstop Alex Mejia connected on a double down the left field line to plate both runners and give the Wildcats the early advantage.
Mejia finished the afternoon with two hits to go along with two RBI to lead the Wildcats.
Baylor notched its first run of the game in the top of the third inning following a sacrifice fly by Landis Ware. Following three innings of scoreless action, the Baylor offense was able to piece together runs over the final frames, including tying the game in the seventh inning on a wild pitch.
With bases loaded and one out in the top of the eighth inning, Baylor took its first lead of the game when Ware connected on his second sacrifice fly of the game to score Chris Slater. The Bears tacked on another run following a RBI-single by Logan Vick to score Max Muncy and give Baylor a 4-2 lead.
Vick and Muncy combined for four of the Baylor’s six hits in the contest in addition to three of its four runs scored.
Stephen Manthei suffered the setback for Arizona as the UA reliever hurled 0.2 innings allowing two runs. Wildcat starter Tyler Hale recorded the no decision after allowing two runs – both earned – on three hits in 7.0 innings and striking out seven hitters.
Baylor improved to 36-23 on the season and will advance to the Fort Worth Regional Championship Game against TCU at 7:00 p.m. Central Time on Sunday evening. Arizona concluded its season with a 34-24 record.