ARLINGTON — Baylor baseball cracked open a six-pack, and it was refreshing, to say the least.
The Bears exploded for a six-run fifth inning to take a 9-1 win over UT-Arlington on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park. Stretching their legs in a big-league ballpark, the Bears (5-5) got back to .500 on the season and finally managed to get in a midweek game after having their previous two contests postponed.
The Mavericks struck first blood, taking a 1-0 lead after the third inning. But the Bears were just beginning to rumble.
In the fifth, Baylor ripped UTA pitchers David Moffat and Tristan Tom for six hits and cashed in on a Maverick error as well en route to the Bears’ six-run outburst. Cole Haring tied the game with an RBI double to left-center, and Davis Wendzel, Andy Thomas and Richard Cunningham all banged two-out RBI hits in the inning as well.
Baylor fattened up its batting averages in the game, delivering a season-high 17 hits in all. Seven different Bears turned in multi-hit outings.
Cunningham was among those who had a good time at the home of the Rangers. He went 2-for-5 with three RBIs, including a two-run single in the eighth. Freshman Nick Loftin went 3-for-5.
Pitching-wise, Baylor’s Ryan Leckich was especially effective in relief of starter Jacob Ashkinos. Leckich logged 4.2 scoreless innings, giving up only one hit while striking out two and walking one.
Baylor will next host George Washington in a three-game series starting Friday. It’s the Bears’ final weekend series before the start of Big 12 play against Texas Tech on March 16-18.