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Kempf, Hansen lead Baylor to
5-0 first-round win
By Robert Stewart
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
BATON ROUGE, La. —
The Baylor bats looked hot early on in the second game of the
Baton Rouge regional Friday night when Baylor junior shortstop
Shaver Hansen hit a two-run home run in the top of the first
inning, his 17th of the season.
But it took a while for them to heat up again.
Timely hitting, good defense and a quality start
by junior right-hander Willie Kempf led Baylor to a 5-0 win
against Minnesota at Alex Box Stadium.
Hansen led the way at the plate for the Bears,
going 2 for 4 with two RBI.
“We saw what [junior designated hitter] Dustin
Dickerson found. He was a leadoff hitter and was consistent the
whole day,” Hansen said. “We knew their pitcher wasn’t a
flamethrower, but he could definitely hit his spots.”
The scoring was minimal for both clubs for a
while after Hanson’s home run – neither team scored again until
the top of the seventh.
Part of the scoreless drought can be attributed
to the performance by both starting pitchers, who each went at
least six innings for their respective ball clubs.
“I thought it was an extremely well-pitched game
on both sides,” Baylor coach Steve Smith said. “We got a few
timely hits. I thought it was well played, but I think the thing
that stands out the most for me is just the quality of the
Kempf finished with six strikeouts and gave up
three hits in six innings of work.
“It was fun out there,” Kempf said. “I had four
pitches working for me today that I was able to throw for a
Minnesota senior right-hander Tom Buske delivered
a quality start despite giving up the home run, tossing 7.1
innings and scattering seven hits with three walks and four
Buske said he wasn’t rattled after giving up the
early home run, using his outside fastball and keeping his
off-speed pitch down in the zone to keep Baylor scoreless from
the second to the sixth inning.
“I just kind of went back to trusting my stuff
there after the first two innings,” Buske said. “That one home
run was a changeup that I left up a little bit.”
But Buske’s offense couldn’t offer him any
support, mustering only five hits in the game.
“I thought Baylor’s pitching staff did an
outstanding job,” Minnesota coach John Anderson said. “I thought
they had explosive stuff – good fastballs and hard breaking
The Bears had another scoring opportunity in the
third inning. Hansen singled and stole second base, and junior
right fielder Aaron Miller was hit by a pitch to put two Bears
on base with two outs. But Baylor first baseman Dan Evatt struck
out swinging to end the inning.
“I didn’t think that we’d go scoreless for
however many more innings,” Hansen said. “We definitely didn’t
think two runs was going to be enough.”
Both defenses made several spectacular plays to
help their pitchers out. Baylor freshman second baseman Joey
Hainsfurther threw out Minnesota junior catcher Kyle Knudson on
a turn-around jump throw that barely made it to first base in
“The middle infielders were making some
outstanding plays behind me,” Kempf said.
Baylor turned the offensive drought around in the
top of the seventh inning. Catcher Gregg Glime doubled to right
field and was brought home on an RBI double by third baseman
Raynor Campbell with one out.
The Bears widened the gap with a two-run eighth
inning. Hansen struck again with a double off Buske. After a
walk by Miller and a sacrifice bunt by Evatt, Minnesota pulled
Buske and brought in sophomore left-hander Luke Rasmussen.
Rasmussen struck out senior left fielder Ben Booker then was
relieved by sophomore right hander Scott Matyas, who gave up a
two-run double to junior pinch-hitter Kenton Gedwed for a 5-0
“Baylor played excellently,” Anderson said. “They
got two or three big hits that we weren’t able to get, and we
weren’t able to string enough hits together.”
The Gophers threatened in the bottom of the
eighth inning when freshman third baseman Kyle Geason singled
and senior designated hitter Matt Nohelty reached on an error by
But Baylor sophomore reliever Craig Fritsch
retired the next two batters to get out of the jam.
Fritsch pitched two innings, surrendering two
hits and striking out two.
“Right now Craig is pitching with a great deal of
confidence,” Smith said. “I thought tonight was significant for
him because this is a new venue...He’s at a point in his
development as a pitcher where everything like that is a step.
He took another step tonight.”
Paid attendance for the game was 9,314, actual
attendance was 3,247…Baylor will start sophomore right-hander
Shawn Tolleson against LSU at 6 p.m. in the winners’
bracket...Minnesota will go with sophomore right-hander Seth
Rosin against Southern at 1 p.m. in an elimination game.