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Baylor Wins NCAA Elimination Game Against Wright State, 11-5

NCAA Baseball - Baylor vs  Long Beach State - March 5, 2006 Photo by Reuben Canales/Getty Images

#2 seed Baylor gets the must win victory and advances 11-5, eliminating #4 seed Wright State from the Stanford regional.

Baylor started out the scoring for the day in the top of the 1st inning with Richard Cunningham getting on base off a double followed with Davis Wendzel driving him in with an RBI double of his own. The score sat at 1-0 at the end of the half inning. Wright State quickly matched the score in the bottom of the first to knot the game up at 1-1.

The Bears came right back in the top of the 2nd and reclaimed the lead. Davion Downey got walked and then T.J. Raguse hit a 2 out single to drive in the run, putting Baylor up 2-1.

Baylor kept the scoring moving in the 4th inning. Cole Haring got on with a base hit and was driven in on a T.J. Raguse fielder’s choice error. Raguse then scored off a Nick Loftin RBI double to make it 4-1. Wright State added another run in the bottom of the 4th inning to make the score 4-2.

Wright State scored another run in the 5th to make it 4-3 and then again in the 6th to tie it 4-4. But the Bears offense finally woke up in force starting in the 8th. Baylor took the lead when Davion Downey drove in Shea Langeliers to make it 5-4. The Bears grabbed 3 more runs off of a RBI base hit by Josh Bissonette and a 2 RBI hit by Davis Wendzel to end the 8th up 8-4.

Baylor kept the scoring up in the 9th, as Cole Haring and Josh Bissonette got RBI singles and Nick Loftin added an RBI groundout to make the game 11-4. Wright State got a few base runners and stole home on a wild pitch to make it 11-5, but the Baylor defense held them there to win the matchup.

The story of this game was certainly the Bears’ late game scoring, with the game tied 4-4 going into the 8th and Baylor winning in the 9th with 11 runs.

Baylor will play the loser of the Stanford/Cal State Fullerton matchup in another elimination game tomorrow at 3 PM CT.

Sic ‘em Baylor Baseball!