COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Brodie Greene went 4-for-5 and Nick Anders hit two home runs to lead No. 3 Texas A&M to a 13-7 win over No. 5 Baylor Sunday afternoon before 3,880 fans at Olsen Field.
Greene and Anders powered a 15-hit attack by the Aggie offense, which saw five players record at least two hits and two--Kevin Gonzalez and Joe Patterson--each drive in three runs.
The win was the sixth in a row for the Aggies (13-4, 2-0 Big 12) over the Bears, who fell to 10-4 and 0-2 in league play. The split-series now shifts to Waco for the finale on Monday at 6:35 p.m.
Baylor took an early 2-0 lead on a two-out, two-run home run to right field by cleanup hitter Shaver Hansen.
After the home run, Aggie starter Alex Wilson retired the next seven Bear hitters, allowing A&M to tie the game with a pair of runs off Baylor starter Aaron Miller in the third.
Second baseman Nick Anders led off the inning with a home run to left field, his third of the year. After Kyle Colligan followed with a walk and Brooks Raley moved him into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, Greene lined a single into right center to plate Colligan wand make the score 2-2.
Single runs in the fourth and fifth frames would put the Bears back up by two. Dustin Dickerson doubled down the line in left to open the fourth, and scored two batters later on a Miller sacrifice fly. Adam Hornung provided the offense in the fifth with his team-high fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to right.
Wilson would then once again shut down the Baylor attack after a long ball, retiring seven in a row before being lifted after allowing a seventh-inning single.
A&M would take advantage of Wilson's efforts by taking its first lead of the afternoon with four straight hits to start the fifth--the first two off Miller.
Colligan led off the frame with a double down the line in left, and Raley followed by lining the first pitch up the middle to pull the Aggies to within one at 4-3 and chase Miller from the game. Craig Fritsch came out of the Baylor pen and, after Raley was caught trying to swipe second, Greene and Luke Anders notched back-to-back singles to put runners at the corners.
Dylan Petrich followed with a full-count walk to load the bases, and Caleb Shofner was plunked by a 2-0 pitch to force Greene home with the tying run. Pinch-hitter Joe Patterson then recorded an RBI groundout to first as the Aggies took a 5-4 lead.
A&M would send eight men again to the plate in the sixth. Nick Anders led off with his second home run of the game and third of the year, this one an opposite field shot to right. Colligan was then hit by a pitch and Raley brought him home with a line-drive double to left center field, making the score 7-4. Two batters later, Luke Anders' sacrifice fly to left pushed another run home and extended the Aggie lead to four.
Wilson allowed a one-out single to Ben Booker in the seventh, but Kyle Thebeau came out of the bullpen and got Adam Hornung to ground into an inning-ending double play on the first pitch of his at-bat.
The Aggies added five insurance runs in the eighth on a two-run single by Patterson and a three-run home run by Gonzalez, his second long ball of the year.
Baylor scored three in the ninth off Clayton Ehlert, who entered in relief of Thebeau, but Ross Stripling came out of the pen to get pinch-hitter Ben Ringenberg to groundout to end the game.
Wilson lasted 6 1/3 innings and gave up five hits and four runs (all earned). He did not walk a batter and struck out eight on the afternoon while improving to 2-2 on the year.
Fritsch (1-2) was tagged with the loss, allowing three hits and four earned runs in an inning of work.