Baylor cruises past Arkansas 8-1 in super regional
WACO, Texas (AP) — Logan Vick homered twice and Trent Blank scattered seven hits over eight innings and Baylor beat Arkansas 8-1 on Saturday in the opener of their super regional series.
The Bears (49-15) can earn their first trip to the College World Series since 2005 with a win over the Razorbacks (42-20) on Sunday.
Josh Ludy added a home run, while Max Muncy and Cal Towey each had two doubles and a single as Baylor racked up 12 hits against three Arkansas pitchers.
Blank (11-1) held the predominantly right-handed Razorbacks in check by running his sinker in and throwing his slider away.
"Trent was really good, and we played well behind him," Baylor coach Steve Smith said. "Towey and (shortstop Jake) Miller on the left side of the infield made a couple tough plays."
Miller came up with the game's biggest defensive play with one out in the second when he fielded Bo Bigham's shot to short and made a perfect throw to third to get Dominic Ficociello trying to advance and end a rally.
The Bears gave Blank an early lead when Razorbacks starter DJ Baxendale (7-5) hit Nathan Orf — the leadoff hitter's school-record 35th hit by pitch this season — and Vick followed with a two-run homer.
Ludy added insurance in the third with his team-high 16th homer. Muncy and Towey followed with doubles off the wall in right to make it 4-0.