Missouri right fielder James Boone watched more balls go over his head than into his glove Saturday at Taylor Stadium.
A strong wind allowed Baylor to hit five home runs to right field in its 15-9 win against Missouri, tying the three-game series at 1.
“It seems like every year we come up here, the weather in particular is a major factor in the game,” Baylor Coach Steve Smith said. “Today it favored us.”
Bears third baseman Michael Griffin entered the game with two home runs this season and added two Saturday, hitting solo home runs in the fifth and eighth innings.
“When the wind is blowing out like this, you got to just try to sit back and go the other way,” Griffin said. “We did a good job of doing that.”
Baylor (11-18, 3-5) had two home runs in the fourth when the Bears scored six runs.
Drew Sutton started the scoring when he singled to drive in Paul Witt from second. Kyle Reynolds then hit a three-run home run to right that scored Sutton and Chase Gerdes, who reached on a walk earlier in the fourth.
Three batters later, Zach Dillon hit his first home run of the season and second of his career at Baylor off the side of the Daniel J. Devine Pavilion beyond the right field wall. Dillon’s home run also drove in Reid Brees, who reached on a single, making the score 9-1.
“It just feels good to come out here and get 18 hits,” Griffin said. “Yesterday didn’t go our way, but today felt it felt great and we had a good game all around.”
Baylor starting pitcher Trey Taylor was the only pitcher for either team who was able to stay in control. Taylor pitched six innings and allowed five runs, but not more than two in one inning.
“That was the key to the game,” Smith said. “At least he managed the first six innings of the game, kept them out of the big inning and made some pretty good pitches.”
Missouri (21-7-1, 2-3) had its pitchers struggle to make outs, facing 45 batters and walking seven.
Erik Dessau started for the Tigers and lasted three innings, giving up three runs, all earned, on six hits before leaving the game.
“I thought I was ready for the game, but apparently not,” Dessau said.
Dessau said an inconsistent strike zone made it difficult to be effective and many batters disagreed with strike calls.
“When you’re sitting there and you think they’re going to be strikes and they’re called a ball, it kind of hurts where you’re going to throw next time,” Dessau said. “I’m not saying that’s to blame, but I mean, it certainly helps.”
Missouri scored three runs in the seventh and the eighth to put together an impressive offensive performance.
Ryan Rallo led the Tigers at the plate, going 3-for-4 and hitting his ninth home run of the year in the sixth, tying him for the team lead with Cody Ehlers.