After nearly coming back against Georgia in game two of Friday’s double-header, Baylor made sure to stay on top for good on Sunday afternoon, as the Bears garnered a 5-2 victory over the No. 22 Bulldogs.
Falling behind 1-0 through two innings, the Bears battled back to deadlock the game through five and took the lead for good with three runs in the sixth inning.
“We did play two good clubs,” Bears head coach Steve Smith told Baylor’s official athletic site. “Obviously we are pleased to have won three out of four. It was a good start to the first part of the season"
"We have some things that we can improve on and learn from. It is always easier to teach and learn things after wins than it is after losses. We could have just as easily lost the game today as we won it. We will learn some things from it and move forward.”
Baylor starter Willie Kempf allowed just one run over six innings, with the bullpen taking care of the cushion the right-hander left them upon exiting the game.
“It does a world for the confidence of this team,” senior Kempf said of beginning the season with a 3-1 record. “We had a lot of confidence in ourselves coming into this weekend and to put up three wins against two quality opponents was big-time for us. That was exciting.”
So how does the rest of the team feel about the hot start to the 2010 season?
“It says everything that I have been talking about earlier this week. We are going to play nine innings and we are going to play nine innings hard,” Baylor senior third baseman Raynor Campbell said.
“When you can put that together you are going to win baseball games. If anybody was sitting in the stands this weekend, they saw a new Baylor baseball team this weekend, that is what we are going to bring all year long.”
The Bears return to action on Wednesday afternoon, February 24th, when they host intra-state rival TCU. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. CST in Waco, TX.
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