Missouri pitchers were glad to see Baylor third baseman Michael Griffin get on the bus back to Waco.
After hitting two home runs Saturday, Griffin hit a grand slam in the sixth inning of the Bears’ 9-6 win Sunday at Taylor Stadium. Baylor (12-8, 4-5) won the series 2-1, with Missouri (21-8-1, 2-4) taking Friday’s game.
“We have struggled so hard for wins period,” Bears coach Steve Smith said. “Every win for us right now is a pretty big win.”
Griffin’s grand slam was part of a five-run sixth that gave Baylor an 8-6 lead.
Kyle Reynolds led off the sixth with a single, stole second base and advanced to third when Missouri starter Garrett Broshuis walked Tyler Bullock and Paul Witt.
Reynolds scored from third when Witt beat a throw from Gary Arndt to second that would have ended the inning.
“The key element on that whole play is Witt getting to second base,” Griffin said. “If he doesn’t get there that’s a fielder’s choice and we’re out of the inning.”
After Jared Clements had a pinch-hit single, Griffin hit a slider from Taylor Parker to left field that hit the top of the scoreboard.
“It’s one of those pitches, coming from a lefty, if you see it quick enough, you’re going to adjust to it,” Griffin said. “He just left it over the plate and made a mistake.”
After Missouri scored six runs on seven hits on Baylor starter Jared Theodorakos, Abe Woody shut down the Tigers for the rest of the game.
Woody entered with two outs in the fifth and allowed one hit, two walks and no runs to get his first win of the season.
“(Woody) did a great job,” Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said. “That’s what we need.”
Missouri relief was unable to stop Baylor for the second straight day. Taylor Parker replaced Broshuis with two outs in the sixth and allowed two runs in 2/3 innings. Mark Alexander also gave up a run in the eighth when Witt doubled and then scored when catcher Brad Flanders allowed two passed balls.
“That’s the difference in the series,” Jamieson said. “The two games we lose, our bullpen doesn’t get it done for us. It’s difficult when you lose games that you have leads in, but you’ve got to finish the games off and we didn’t do it.”
Broshuis pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowed six runs on six hits and struck out eight.
“The starting pitching was about the same for both sides, but their bullpen was better than ours,” Jamieson said.
Although the Tigers were unable to score late in the game, they did score four in the fifth.
Arndt led off with a walk, and after James Boone walked, Lee Laskowski doubled to right field, driving in both runners. Cody Ehlers then singled to bring home Laskowski, who scored when he slid through Bullock at the plate.
Ryan Rallo scored Missouri’s final run. After reaching third on an error, a walk and a fielder’s choice, he scored when Zane Carlson walked Jeremy Hernandez with the bases loaded, giving Missouri a 6-3 lead.