Baylor Nine Blanks McCallie, 12-0

Red Raiders Sweep 3-Game Series

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

In post-game comments, Baylor coach Gene Etter said that pitcher Gavin Roberson was not at his best today.

"He got behind the batters too many times, but was able to work his way out of trouble," Etter stated.

McCallie probably doesn't care to see him when he is at his best as he tossed a 2-hit shutout with six strikeouts and two walks as Baylor defeated the Blue Tornado, 12-0, to sweep the three-game series.

Fast Start: Baylor used six walks and four hits to post a 9-0 lead after one half an inning and never looked back.

Taylor Maxie opened the game with a single, stole second and third and watched as four of the next five batters walked as McCallie used three pitchers in the 40-minute at bat.

The victors (17-9, 9-7) added three more runs in the fourth on singles by Bryceson Mercer and Sterling Stewart, a Hunter Mercer double and a two-base fly ball error.

"The baseball adage states that walks and errors (i.e. free bases) will equal the runs scored by  your opponent and that is basically what happened today," said McCallie coach Greg Payne who team is 23-9 overall and 11-7 in region play.

McCallie pitchers issued 11 walks and had one error.

The Blue Tornado had a runner on third with one out in the first, had runners on second and third in the second with one out and a runner reach second with one out in the third, but could not score.

"They got on us in a hurry and I think the emotion of the first two games caught up with us and we were not able to stop them."

Baylor First: The Red Raiders sent 14 batters to the plate, including Maxey who had a single, a walk, two stolen bases, an RBI and scored twice in two at bats. Andrew Belcher had a two-run double, while Sterling Stewart and Blake Layne contributed with RBI singles.

Baylor Fourth: Stewart had his second RBI single of the afternoon and Hunter Mercer drove in two runs with a two-out double.

What's Next: Baylor is fourth among seven teams in D-II Middle/East and will host a 2-of-3 series next weekend ... McCallie finished third in the region, has a bye week and travels to either Christian Brothers or Briarcrest in two weeks.

Baylor 12, McCallie 0

Baylor 900 30 - 12-7-0

McCallie 000 00 - 6-2-1

Roberson and Layne; Whitener, Songer (1), Vaughn (1), Morgan (4) and Smith

WP - Roberson  LP -  Whitener

Roberson - Pitches (71) Ks (6) Walks (2) Runs (0)

Whitener - Pitches (24) Hits (1) Runs (5) Earned Runs (5) Walks (4)  Ks (0)

Songer -  Pitches (14) HIts (2) Runs (3)  Earned Runs (3)  Walks (1) Ks (0)

Vaughn -  Pitches (59) Hits (4) Runs (4) Earned Runs (2)  Walks (4  Ks (1)

Morgan -  Pitches (25) Hits (0) Runs (0) Walks (2) Ks (1)

Stolen Bases - Baylor - Taylor Maxey (3) ... McCallie - Tyler Payne (2)

Home Runs: None

Triples: None

Doubles: Baylor - Andrew Belcher, Hunter Mercer

RBIs: Baylor -  Hunter Mercer (3), Sterling Stewart (2), Andrew Belcher (2)

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


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