Baylor 3 Rice 2
HOUSTON – Josh Turley picked a great time to toss the first complete game of his collegiate career. The Baylor sophomore went the distance as the Bears knocked off No. 9 Rice 3-2 on Saturday night at Reckling Park.
“I think we were all treated to an outstanding game,” head coach Steve Smith said. “Both guys were just really on top of their games on the mound. I think it was just a great, great game.”
With the win, Baylor (31-26) advances to the title round of the NCAA Houston Regional. The Bears will face the winner of Sunday’s 2 p.m. elimination game between Rice (42-20) and California at 6 p.m. Sunday. If the Bears lose that game, they’ll get another shot at their first Regional crown since 2005 at 6 p.m. Monday.
Behind the outstanding relief pitching of sophomore left-hander Justin Jones and a six-run third inning, the Cal baseball team defeated Alcorn State, 10-6, Saturday (June 4) in NCAA regional action at Rice’s Reckling Park. Jones (8-6), who entered the game in the second inning with the Golden Bears down 4-0, went on to pitch 6.1 innings, allowing only two hits, no earned runs, with three walks and 10 strikeouts.
With the win, Cal improved to 32-21 overall, and will next play the loser of the No. 1-seed Rice and No. 2-seed Baylor game Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. CT (12 p.m. PT). If the Bears win the Sunday afternoon game, they would play the winner of Rice-Baylor at 6 p.m. (4 p.m. PT) Sunday night.
Trailing 4-0, Cal’s offense came alive in the top of the third inning off of Alcorn State (27-30) starter Troy Williams (7-6, 2.2 innings, six hits, six runs, two earned runs, one walk, one strikeout). Sophomore designated hitter Vince Bruno started the inning with a single and later scored on junior catcher Chadd Krist’s two-run double to left field – his Pac-10 leading 24th double of the season. Other key hits for the Bears in the third inning was junior right fielder Chad Bunting’s two-run double down the left field line after an error by the Braves’ third baseman Antolin Morales, and sophomore center fielder Darrel Matthew’s RBI double down the right field line.