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Baseball Drops Series Opener At No. 17 Baylor

March 10, 2011

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WACO, Texas - Chris Slater was three-of-four at the plate and drove in three runs and the Bears tagged Trevor Petersen with seven runs on 10 hits as 17th-ranked Baylor upended Louisiana Tech, 8-4, Thursday night at Baylor Ballpark.

Petersen (2-1) was charged with his first loss of the season after allowing 10 hits, four walks and seven runs in 6.2 innings of work.

Baylor (8-5) quickly loaded the bases to start the game before Slater belted a two-run double to right center, scoring Books Pinckard and Logan Vick. The Bears added another run courtesy of an RBI single from Jake Miller. The Bulldogs were spared from any further damage in the inning when Joey Hainsfurther fouled out to left field and Max Muncy was doubled up at the plate on a frozen rope from Kyle Roliard.

The Bears added a pair of two-out runs in the second as Vick tallied an RBI triple to right field and Slater drove him in with a single to left.

Tyler Bremer (1-1) breezed through the first four innings against the Bulldogs, allowing just a single to Clint Ewing and facing one over the minimum during that stretch. However, Tech finally touched up the junior in the top of the fifth.

Will Alvis led off the fifth reaching on a fielding error from Landis Ware and was moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ryan Gebhardt. After Roliard was hit by Bremer, Austin Hedges drove in Alvis with an RBI single up the middle. Alex Williams followed that up with a single through the right side to bring the Bulldogs within two runs.

After a pitching change, Clint Ewing tallied a two-run single off of Baylor reliever, Max Garner. However, Garner was able to retire the Bulldogs and strand the bases loaded to end the scoring threat. The right-handed pitcher allowed just one hit in 3.2 innings of work to pick up his first save of the season.

Bremer picked up the win for the Bears allowing just one earned run off of three hits in 5.1 innings of work.

The Bears added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh and another run in the eighth to put the game out of reach for the Bulldogs.

Louisiana Tech (8-4) and Baylor will meet again tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. CST in game two of the weekend series. Freshman Chris Sadberry will make his first career start on the mound for the Bulldogs.

Notes: Louisiana Tech is now 3-5 all-time against Baylor... The Bulldogs have now dropped two-straight games for the first time this season... Alex Williams has now hit safely in all 12 games to start the 2011 season and now owns a career-long 12 game hitting streak....Mark Threlkeld has made 84 consecutive starts in a Bulldog uniform... Austin Hedges tallied his first career RBI

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