TCU took care of business in the late game of Friday's Fort Worth Regional. Baylor tried but couldn’t dig itself out of a six-run hole against Arizona.
Baylor's five-run ninth fell a run short in a 10-9 loss to Arizona. Meanwhile, TCU cruised with a 16-3 win over Lamar.
In the early game, the Wildcats and Bears traded fielding miscues in the fifth and sixth innings. Baylor took advantage of Arizona shortstop Alex Mejia's stumble in the fifth, turning it into three runs.
But Bears shortstop Landis Ware erred on a fielder’s choice with no outs and the bases loaded in the sixth. Arizona would score five runs in the inning, all unearned.
Baylor wouldn’t get on the board again until the ninth, down 10-4. The Bears put runners at the corners with one out when first baseman Max Muncy hit an RBI single. Catcher Gregg Glime, who led Baylor with two hits, three RBIs and one run, cut the lead to four with a groundout RBI.
After another Arizona error scored a run, Baylor center fielder Brooks Pinckard hit a two-RBI single through the right side to bring the lead to 10-9 Arizona. Baylor’s best hitter, second baseman Raynor Campbell, came on to try to drive in the trying run at third but popped out to end the game.
Arizona starter Kurt Heyer lasted six innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs on 114 pitches. Bryce Bandilla, who came in to close the game for Arizona, struggled to get the job done but did just enough for the Wildcats.
Bandilla was dehydrated aftger the game, Arizona coach Andy Lopez said, but will probably be used Satuday against TCU. Lopez said sophomore pitcher Kyle Simon (8-5, 3.91 ERA) will get the start against the Frogs, who will send freshman Matt Purke (12-0, 3.34 ERA) to the mound.
In the late game, Lamar opened its first regional game against TCU with a double from shortstop Aaron Buchanan, who scored on an error to give the Cardinals a 1-0 advantage after the top of the first.
It was downhill from there. TCU scored three in the first, four in the fifth and seven in a flurry in the sixth inning on its way to a 16-3 win over the Cardinals.
Buchanan led Lamar with three hits and two runs. Taylor Featherston (3-4, two runs, three RBIs), Jason Coats (3-4, two runs, one RBI) and Aaron Schultz (3-4, two runs, three RBIs) also did damage for TCU.
Horned Frogs starter Kyle Winkler pitched six innings before reliever Greg Holle finished up for the Horned Frogs, who got to rest several starters for the final three innings. The win also set up another night game for TCU to avoid high temperatures in Fort Worth, which the teams will battle all weekend.
Lamar will face Baylor on a Saturday afternoon expected to hit triple-digit temperatures. Lamar coach Jim Gilligan said Jonathan Dziedzic would make the start for the Cardinals. Baylor coach Steve Smith didn’t announce his starter.