Thursday, April 18, 2013
- by B.B. Branton
For McCallie catcher Christian Burnett there was no better time to come out of a hitting slump than against arch rival Baylor.
Thursday night, Burnett was 2-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the host Blue Tornado to a come-from-behind, 6-5 win in a D-II East/Middle Region game.
Starter Connor Mansell went six innings for the win, while Matthew Brock picked up the save with a perfect 1-2-3 seventh. Baylor starter Dustin Baker took the loss.
Burnett capped a four-run McCallie third with a one-out, single to left center driving in two runs to give the hosts a 5-3 lead and two innings later drove in what proved to be the winning run with a two-out double to right center.
"I saw the ball well tonight, I got three fast balls and hit each one well," said Burnett with a smile who reached on an error in the second.
"It's good to hit well against Baylor, but I might not see fast balls tomorrow."
Friday Doubleheader: The two teams play a doubleheader at Baylor Friday with the first game scheduled at 4:30 p.m.
Good Baylor Start: The Red Raiders took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as Jackson Cooper's two out single to left center drove in both runs.
McCallie took the lead at 5-3 with the aforementioned four-run, third after scoring a single run in second.
Baylor scored single runs in the third and fifth innings to pull within one at 5-4 (before Burnett's two-out double in the home half of the fith) and added its final run in the sixth to trail 6-5.
Working Out of Slump: Christian has been hitting in the third spot, but since he has been in a slump at the plate I decided to move him down to the fifth spot and take some pressure off him," said McCallie coach Greg Payne.
"I do give him credit as he has been taking extra batting practice here and at home to work his way out of his slump and tonight is a result of all that hard work."
Baylor First: With two outs, Colton Jumper walked, stole second and moved to third on Blake Layne's single ... Jackson Cooper drove in both teammates with a single ... Baylor led 2-0
McCallie Second: Mitch Dollinger opened with a walk, moved to second on an error by Tanner Hulse ... Drew Vaughn's sacrifice bunt moved both runners up before Tanner Buchanan's sacrifice fly to center drove in Dollinger ... Baylor led 2-1
Baylor Third: Holland opened with a double and scored on a one-out single by Layne ... Baylor led 3-1.
McCallie Third: Tyler Payne reached first on an infield error by Hunter Holland to open the inning .. a double by John Hennen put Blue runners on second and third before Tanner Buchanan's 2 RBI double made it 3-3 ... a single by Matthew Brock and a sacrifice bunt by Dollinger set the stage for Burnett's 2 RBI single and a 5-3 lead.
Baylor Fifth: With two outs, John Smith reached on a hit batsman, moved to second on a throwing error by Brock and scored on a Hunter Holland single. McCallie led 5-4
McCallie Fifth: Brock reached on an error by the third baseman and scored on a two-out double by Burnett. McCallie led 6-4
Baylor Sixth: Cooper reached first on a Brock throwing error and later scored on a infield out by Sterling Stewart. McCallie led, 6-5
Play of the Day: McCallie Sixth - with two outs, first baseman Alex Armstrong made a diving stop to his right to rob Tyler Payne of a single and stepped on first for the third out.
Play of the Day II: Baylor Fourth - with two outs, McCallie second baseman John Hennen raced in behind the pitchers mound, fielded the ground ball and threw out Sterling Stewart to end the inning.
Good In Relief: Baylor's Jackson Cooper pitched three innings in relief, allowing one hit, one unearned run and retired the side in the fourth and sixth.
"I was pleased with the good job that Jackson Cooper did in relief and only allowed the one unearned run," said Baylor coach Gene Etter.
McCallie's Matthew Brock came in for the seventh retiring the top of the order, 1-2-3, with two strikeouts and an infield out.
"Connor (Mansell) pitched a good game, but I thought we needed a fresh arm for the seventh and Matthew closed out the game," said coach Payne.
McCallie 6, Baylor 5
Baylor 201 011 0 - 5-7-3
McCallie 014 010 x - 6-7-2
Dustin Baker, Jackson Cooper (4) and Bake Layne; Connor Mansell, Matthew Brock (7) and Christian Burnett
WP - Mansell LP - Baker
Hitting: Baylor ... Hunter Holland (2-4, double, single, stolen base); Blake Layne (2-3, RBI), Jackson Cooper (1-3, 2 RBIs, 1 run.
McCallie: Christian Burnett (2-3, single, double 3 RBIs), Tanner Buchanan (2-3, single, double 2 RBIs), John Hennen (2-3, 1 run)
Sacrifices: McCallie (3): Drew Vaughn, Tyson Buchanan, Mitch Dollinger,
Stolen Bases: Baylor - Colton Jumper, Josh Smith, Hunter Holland
Hit Batsman: Baylor .. John Smith
Pitch Count: Baylor .. Dustin Baker (55), Jackson Cooper (34)
McCallie ... Connor Mansell (90), Matthew Brock (10)
Wild Pitch: McCallie ... Connor Mansell (1)
Strikeouts: McCallie - Mansell (2), Brock (2)
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