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BF Kempf, Glime Sweep Baseball Awards
Wednesday June 16, 2010 8:53 PM
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WACO, Texas - Senior co-captains Willie Kempf and Gregg Glime swept all five of Baylor baseball's 2010 team awards. Kempf took home two honors, while Glime joined Zach Dillon as the only players in program history to win three team awards in the same season.
Kempf, a right-handed pitcher from Castroville, Texas, was named Ted Lyons Most Valuable Pitcher and won the team's spring semester Award for Academic Excellence.

Glime, a native of Aurora, Colo., was named Larry Isbell Most Valuable Player and Thornton Sterling Player of the Year. He also won the Judge Fred "Red" Harris 110 Percent Award, joining fellow catcher Dillon as the only Baylor players to claim three awards in the same season.

Glime previously won the team's Award for Academic Excellence for the 2008 spring semester, and with the three awards in 2010, he became the only player in program history to claim all four awards that are open to position players.

The Larry Isbell Most Valuable Player and the Ted Lyons Most Valuable Pitcher Awards are both given based on point totals in key statistics. The Thornton Sterling Player of the Year Award, which was started in 2003, is awarded by members of Baylor's Heart of the Order booster Club, while the Judge Fred "Red" Harris 110 Percent Award is voted on by team members and given to the individual who best exemplifies leadership, character and a team-first attitude.

Glime played in 50 games and made 48 starts behind the plate in 2010. He turned in the best season of his career, hitting .248 with eight home runs and 43 RBI. Additionally, he threw out 25 of 52 attempted base stealers.

Glime entered the 2010 season with a .216 batting average, three home runs and 34 RBI in his first three years at Baylor combined. He finished his career with 145 starts behind the plate, including at least 45 in each of the last three seasons.

Kempf was the Bears' most reliable pitcher down the stretch in 2010, finishing with a 9-2 record and a 3.02 ERA. He became the first Baylor player to post nine wins in a season since 2005, and he ranked third on the team with 80 strikeouts in 83.1 innings.

Kempf's streak of 20.1 innings without allowing a run was snapped with one out in the eighth inning of the Big 12 Championship title game on May 30, but he rebounded in his next start and picked up his ninth win by allowing two runs in 8.0 innings against Lamar at the Fort Worth Regional.

Kempf was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 27th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, while Glime was chosen by the Florida Marlins in the 24th round. Both players have signed professional contracts and reported to the Gulf Coast League.

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BF Baseball's Season Ends With 9-0 Loss
Monday June 7, 2010 7:47 AM
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FORT WORTH, Texas - The Baylor baseball team was shut out for the first time all year as the Bears saw their season come to an end with a 9-0 loss to the TCU Horned Frogs in the championship round of the NCAA Fort Worth Regional Sunday night.

With the loss, Baylor (36-24) earned a second-place finish in the Fort Worth Regional, while TCU (49-11) advanced to the Austin Super Regional where it will take on Texas next weekend.

Baylor starting pitcher Craig Fritsch was dominant through his first four innings of work, striking out seven and allowing just a pair of singles, but the Horned Frogs finally got to him in the fifth.

Jerome Pena drew a one-out walk, Brance Rivera followed with a double and Taylor Featherston brought both runners around to score with a triple down the right-field line. Bryan Holaday followed with a sacrifice fly, giving TCU a 3-0 lead that would prove to be insurmountable.

TCU starting pitcher Steven Maxwell matched Fritsch with zeroes in each of the first four innings, but his biggest outs came in the fourth, when he stole all the momentum away from the Bears after Baylor put runners on the corners with no one out.

Brooks Pinckard tripled and Joey Hainsfurther drew a walk, but Maxwell struck out Cal Towey and got Raynor Campbell to ground into an inning-ending double play. The missed opportunity came back to bite the Bears, as TCU took the lead with its three-run outburst in its next trip to the plate.

Fritsch settled down and held TCU scoreless in the sixth, but the Bears couldn't mount a rally against Maxwell. Landis Ware's infield single leading off the sixth was just the third hit of the game for the Bears, and he was quickly erased on another groundball double play.

TCU extended its lead in the seventh when Fritsch issued a two-out walk and gave up a RBI triple to Jason Coats. Pinckard moved from center field to the mound to get the last out of the inning, but the Horned Frogs added another insurance run in the eighth against Pinckard to build their lead to 5-0.

Fritsch (2-4) took the loss after giving up four runs on eight hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings - tying the longest start of his career.

TCU took advantage of a Baylor error to plate four more runs in the ninth, putting the game well out of reach at 9-0.

Maxwell (11-1) earned the win after holding the Bears scoreless on three hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts in 8.0 innings.

The Bears closed out their season with a 36-24 record. Baylor made its 11th regional appearance in the last 13 seasons, and the Bears played in the championship round of a regional for the first time since the 2006 Houston Regional.

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BF Kempf Leads Baseball Past Arizona, 4-2
Sunday June 6, 2010 10:13 PM
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FORT WORTH, Texas - Willie Kempf turned in the longest outing of his career to lead Baylor to a 4-2 win over third-seeded Arizona in Sunday afternoon's elimination game in the Fort Worth Regional at Lupton Stadium.

With the win, Baylor (36-23) advances to the championship round against regional-host TCU. The Bears and Horned Frogs meet at 7 p.m. Sunday night, and if Baylor wins, there will be a 7 p.m. rematch on Monday to determine the regional champion.

Kempf (9-2) picked up the win after allowing just two runs on seven hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in 8.0 innings. He was lifted in favor of Brooks Pinckard after a leadoff single in the ninth, and Pinckard retired the next three batters to record his 12th save of the season.

Freshmen Logan Vick and Max Muncy had two hits apiece, accounting for four of Baylor's six hits in the game. Raynor Campbell and Cal Towey both singled in the ninth to give the Bears their only other base knocks.

Arizona (34-24) was eliminated, despite getting an impressive outing from Tyler Hale in his first career start. Hale, who had never worked more than 3.0 innings in a game, allowed just two runs on three hits with five walks and seven strikeouts in 7.0 innings, but he did not factor in the decision.

Stephen Mantei (2-2) took the loss after allowing a pair of unearned runs without surrendering a hit in 0.2 innings.

Kempf allowed four hits in the first two innings, the last of which was a two-run double by Alex Mejia to stake the Wildcats to a 2-0 lead. However, the senior right-hander retired 18 of the next 20 batters he faced, with the only two baserunners in that span reaching on a single and an error.

Baylor quickly cut into the lead with a manufactured run in the third. Muncy led off with a bloop single, stole second base, moved to third on Josh Turley's fly to right, and scored on Landis Ware's sacrifice fly.

Hale worked his way out of trouble in the fifth and sixth innings, but the Bears finally got to him in the seventh. With one out, Vick drew his second walk of the game, stole second base and moved to third on Pinckard's groundout. Raynor Campbell struck out for what would've been the third out of the inning, but the ball bounced in the dirt and rolled into the Baylor dugout, allowing Campbell to reach first base safely and Vick to score the game-tying run.

Kempf went right back to work and used just 12 pitches to strike out the side in order in the bottom of the seventh, and Baylor took its first lead of the day in the next half inning.

Gregg Glime was hit by a pitch, and after pinch runner Chris Slater moved up on a sacrifice bunt, Muncy was intentionally walked. Turley followed with a grounder that was misplayed on the backhand side by Mejia at shortstop, and Ware followed with his second sacrifice fly of the game to put the Bears on top. Vick added a two-out RBI single to give the Bears a 4-2 lead.

Josh Garcia ended Kempf's day with a leadoff single in the ninth, but Pinckard moved from center field to the mound and got a strikeout, groundout and a flyout to end the game.

The Bears take on TCU at 7 p.m. Sunday in what will be an elimination game for Baylor. If the Bears win, the teams will meet again for a winner-take-all regional championship game at 7 p.m. Monday. Craig Fritsch is expected to take the ball for Baylor on Sunday night against TCU's Steven Maxwell.

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BF Baseball Stays Alive With 6-4 Win
Sunday June 6, 2010 12:03 PM
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FORT WORTH, Texas - Jon Ringenberg allowed just one run in 5.2 innings, and Baylor took advantage of some timely hits to stay alive in the Fort Worth Regional with a 6-4 win over Lamar on Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium.

Baylor (35-23) scored five of its six runs with two outs, and the most important hit proved to be Max Muncy's two-run single in the eighth that extended the Bears' lead to 6-1.

Lamar (35-26) threatened with one out in the ninth when a walk and an infield single were followed by a two-run homer, but Brooks Pinckard moved from center field to the mound and got the next two batters to record his 11th save of the season.

Both Baylor starter Jon Ringenberg and Lamar starter Jonathan Dziedzic were in control of the game early, as neither team had a batter reach base until a one-out error in the bottom of the third inning.

The Bears finally broke through in the fourth when Logan Vick walked, moved to second on Brooks Pinckard's sacrifice bunt, stole third base and scored on Joey Hainsfurther's RBI single. However, Dziedzic escaped without further damage by getting Raynor Campbell to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Ringenberg allowed a leadoff single to Andy Mena in the fourth, but after a flyout, Gregg Glime threw Mena out trying to steal second base. Glime had previously thrown out Ted Zentek trying to steal in the third inning, and Lamar didn't attempt to steal again after Mena was caught in the fourth.

Baylor broke the game open in the fifth when Josh Ludy drew a two-out walk, Landis Ware followed with a single before Vick drilled a two-run double to the wall in right-center field, extending the Bears' lead to 3-0.

The Bears added another run in the sixth when Hainsfurther led off with a bunt single, moved to second on a ball in the dirt and scored on Gregg Glime's two-out RBI single.

Ringenberg finally ran into trouble in the bottom half of the sixth when V.J. Bunner led off with a liner to center that was misplayed by Pinckard for a triple. After a groundout held the runner at third, Bunner came home to score on an error by Ware. Ringenberg bounced back with a strikeout, but Wade Mathis doubled to bring the potential tying run to the plate and end Ringenberg's day.

Ringenberg (5-0) picked up the win after allowing one run on five hits in a season-high-tying 5.2 innings. Josh Turley came on in relief and got a fly ball to center field that looked like a routine out, but Pinckard couldn't find it, and Cal Towey ranged all the way over from right to make the catch and save at least two runs.

Baylor added two insurance runs that would prove to be crucial in the top of the eighth. Towey singled and Campbell doubled down the left-field line, but Glime fouled out for the second out, bringing Muncy to the plate. Muncy had been 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, but this time he brought in two runs with a single up the middle on a 1-2 pitch, giving Baylor a 6-1 lead.

Those runs would prove to be important, as Turley gave up a three-run homer to Joey Latulippe with one out in the ninth, but Pinckard needed just five pitches to get a groundout and a foul pop to end the game.

Hainsfurther went 2-for-5 with a run and one RBI, and Ware had the Bears' only other multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 and scoring a run. Vick and Muncy each collected two RBI for Baylor.

Dziedzic (5-6) took the loss after giving up four runs on five hits in 7.0 innings. Latulippe and Bunner had two hits apiece for the Cardinals.

The Bears return to regional action at 2 p.m. Sunday when they play an elimination game against the loser of Saturday night's game between TCU and Arizona. The winner of that game will advance to the championship round that will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday.

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BF Errors Sink Baseball in Loss to Arizona
Saturday June 5, 2010 11:08 AM
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FORT WORTH, Texas - A trio of Baylor errors in the sixth inning helped Arizona put up five unearned runs to take a lead it would never relinquish in a 10-9 win in Friday's opening round of the Fort Worth Regional at Lupton Stadium.

With the loss, Baylor (34-23) falls into the loser's bracket and will take on the loser of Friday night's game between Lamar and TCU in an elimination game at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Arizona (34-22) trailed twice in the game, but both times the Wildcats answered with crooked numbers to take the lead in their next at-bat.

The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the third when Gregg Glime knocked his eighth home run of the season for the first hit of the game against Wildcat starting pitcher Kurt Heyer, but Heyer worked his way out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam to limit the damage.

That proved crucial, as Arizona quickly tied the game with Steve Selsky's home run that curved just inside the foul pole down the right-field line, and after a hit batter, Josh Garcia gave the Wildcats the lead with a two-run shot of his own.

Logan Verrett walked the next batter, and after a flyout for the first out of the fourth, Shawn Tolleson was summoned from the bullpen. Tolleson got out of the inning, held Arizona scoreless in the fifth, and the Bears rallied for three runs in the bottom half of the frame.

Brooks Pinckard reached on a leadoff double, and Cal Towey brought him around to score with a one-out double to cut Arizona's lead to 3-2. Joey Hainsfurther's grounder to third would've been the second out, but Seth Mejias-Brean fell down trying to throw to third, putting runners on the corners with one out.

Max Muncy followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 3-3, and Glime again gave the Bears the lead when he drilled a RBI double to the wall in right field, but Arizona quickly regained the lead with five runs on only two hits in the sixth.

The Wildcats singled twice to bring around an insurance run in the seventh for a 9-4 lead, but the Bears threatened when they loaded the bases with none out in the bottom half of the inning.

However, Arizona escaped the jam unscathed with a strikeout, a popout and a groundout. The seventh inning was the third time in the game that Baylor didn't score after loading the bases with less than two outs; the Bears had the bases loaded with one out in the third and fourth innings.

The Bears nearly came back to tie the game after plating five runs in the bottom of the ninth, but Logan Vick was left standing on third base as the potential tying run when Raynor Campbell lined out to right to end the game. Pinckard had a two-run single, Muncy singled in a run and Glime collected another RBI with a run-scoring groundout.

Tolleson (2-7) took the loss after allowing six runs - one of which was earned - on five hits in 3.2 innings. Heyer (7-4) earned the win by holding the Bears to four runs on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 6.0 innings.

Glime finished 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, a home run and three RBI, while Towey and Pinckard each had two hits for the Bears. Alex Mejia led the Wildcats at the plate, going 3-for-4 with four RBI, while Joey Rickard and Rafael Valenzuela each went 2-for-5 with one RBI.

Baylor looks to rebound in a 2 p.m. elimination game on Saturday against the loser of Friday's second game between TCU and Lamar. Should the Bears win on Saturday, they'll play again at 2 p.m. Sunday. With a win on Sunday afternoon, Baylor would qualify for the Championship Round, where they would need to win at 7 p.m. Sunday and again at 7 p.m. Monday to win the Fort Worth Regional.

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