March 30, 2013
WACO, Texas – Baylor designated hitter Grayson Porter hit a pair of two-run home runs over the left-field wall, one to tie the game in the eighth inning and another to win the game in the 13th, as the Bears defeated Kansas State, 10-8, Friday evening at Baylor Ballpark.
Baylor improved to 12-15 overall and 2-2 in Big 12 play by winning the four-hour, 33-minute contest. Kansas State, which played its longest game in over six years, fell to 18-9 and 3-2 in league action. After winning Thursday-night’s game, the Wildcats can still win their first ever series in Waco in Saturday’s finale.
Porter ended the game going 3-for-6 with five RBI, but it was feast or famine for the Linden, Texas, product as he also struck out three times.
After Baylor scored three first-inning runs in the back-and-forth contest, the Wildcats came back with six over the second and third innings to take a three-run advantage. Baylor scored three more in the fifth inning to tie the game, but Tanner Witt tripled to right-center field as K-State took back the lead at 7-6.
Following a scoreless seventh inning, Shane Conlon laced a two-out RBI single into center field. A wild pitch put two runners in scoring position, but newly inserted pitcher Josh Michalec (3-1) forced RJ Santigate to ground out to end the inning as K-State took its 8-6 lead into the bottom half.
With momentum on the side of the Bears, Lawton Langford hit a leadoff single in the eighth off Jared Moore before Porter blasted his first homer to tie the game.
Neither team could score over the next four innings as the Wildcats and Bears combined to leave 11 runners on base, including nine by Baylor. K-State right-hander Gerardo Esquivel consistently dodged trouble throughout his four scoreless innings as he worked around five hits and two walks. The Bears left the bases loaded in the ninth and stranded two apiece in the 10th and 11th.
Another Wildcat right-hander, Jake Doller (2-2) worked around a pair of two-out walks in the 12th inning to force BU to strand two more. However, the 13th inning transpired just like the eighth as Langford singled to lead off the frame before Porter hit a full-count inside fastball over the wall for the game-winner.
Langford paced Baylor with four hits and tallied three RBI, including a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning. Walks hurt K-State throughout the evening as the Cats issued nine free passes, including two in the first and three in the fifth. Logan Brown also had three base hits for the Bears.
The Wildcats, who recorded 16 hits in the contest, struggled against Michalec as his ground out against Santigate in the eighth inning began a streak of seven-straight retired batters. The right-hander worked around a leadoff walk in the 11th and a two-out single in the 12th before working a perfect 13th.
Kansas State was paced offensively by Witt and Jon Davis with three hits apiece. Blair DeBord, Ross Kivett and Austin Fisher each recorded two hits in the contest. Fisher collected his third triple of the year to drive in two runs in the second inning, while he drove in a run on a third-inning double.
The Wildcats conclude their weekend series at Baylor on Saturday with a 1:05 p.m., contest at Baylor Ballpark. Fans in the Manhattan area can hear the contest on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN as well as online at both www.k-statesports.com and www.1350kman.com. The game will also be shown on Fox College Sports.