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Baylor finally got a win over the Longhorns in Waco yesterday, as a furious ninth-inning rally came up just short for Texas. Jonathan Walsh belted a three-run bomb after Monty had scored Tant Shepherd with a single, and what had been a 7-2 Baylor lead had faded to 7-6. Texas then managed to get two more runners on, with the tying run on second, with two outs. That brought cleanup hitter and DH Lucas Kephart to the plate. Kephart has been hammering the ball of late, but yesterday was flummoxed by Baylor pitching throughout the game. He finished an 0-for-5 day with a groundout to second that ended the game.

Baylor had a four-run inning of their own in the seventh by touching up a cadre of Texas relievers. Kendal Carrillo started the frame and got one out but gave way to Andrew McKirahan after walking the second hitter of the inning; McKirahan recorded no outs before being replaced by Josh Urban, who managed to get one out before yielding to Kirby Bellow, who walked the only hitter he faced. Stayton Thomas finally managed to stop the bleeding.

So Texas took the loss despite out-hitting the Bears 9-7. The Longhorns stranded seven men on base and Hoby Milner did not have hid best outing, lasting only 4.1 innings. That's baseball, though, and Texas will look to get its first 2-1 conference series win of the year in Austin with Cole Green on the hill today at 1:00 CDT. The Aggie sneaked by Tech with a three-run blast in the eighth yesterday, bringing A&M and Texas back into a tie for first place in the Big XII heading into today' action. Video for Baylor at Texas is available here.