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By Daniel Hill
The No. 23 Baylor Bears defeated the No. 2 UCLA Bruins 5-0 in the second game of their weekend series on Saturday at Baylor Ballpark.
Junior right-handed pitcher Dillon Newman pitched five scoreless innings for the Bears. Then senior right-handed pitcher Kolt Browder started the top of the sixth and got two outs before getting into a bases-loaded jam. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Ryan Smith came to the rescue and struck out UCLA’s second basemen Trent Chatterton to end the Bruins’ threat. Smith went the remaining three and one-third innings on the mound to lead the Bears to a 5-0 shutout victory over the Bears.
UCLA also had a strong pitching effort. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when Baylor started to break through offensively. Freshman first basemen Mitch Price drew a walk to get on base for senior third basemen Cal Towey.
Towey blasted a deep shot to the right field foul pole and the ball stayed inside fair territory for to give Towey a two-run home run and the Bears a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, Baylor tacked on three more insurance runs to take a 5-0 lead. Junior catcher Nate Goodwin started the inning with a walk. Then sophomore left fielder Adam Toth doubled to left field when he faked the bunt and then pulled back and blasted the ball to the outfield. Senior right fielder Nathan Orf drew a walk to load the bases. Then junior second basemen Lawton Langford hit a sacrifice fly down the left field line to drive in a run.
Senior infielder Steve DalPorto put down a bunt to score Toth. Shortstop Jake Miller hit a grounder into the hole at shortstop but there was no play the UCLA defense could make on the hit, so Orf scored to give Baylor another run.
Baylor and UCLA meet for the third and final game at 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Baylor Ballpark.