Mark Payton Walk-Off Lifts Texas Longhorns to Win

Texas Baseball

Courtesy Texas Athletics

AUSTIN, Texas – Senior center fielder Mark Payton delivered a two-out, bases loaded walk-off double in the ninth inning on a full count, driving in three-runs, to lift the No. 17 Texas Longhorns over the Baylor Bears 5-4 Friday night. Texas (24-7, 4-3 Big 12) entered the ninth inning trailing Baylor (15-14, 4-5 Big 12) 4-2 and would load the bases to set up Payton’s walk-off heroics.

Madison Carter (Sr., DH) led off the inning by reaching base on a fielding error by Bears’ short stop Brett Doe (Sr.). After a line out, Zane Gurwitz (Fr., 3B) laced a single to left field and then junior second baseman Brooks Marlow worked a full-count walk to load the bases. Ben Johnson (So., LF) struck out setting up the bases-loaded two-out situation that Payton would capitalize on, driving a double down the left field line for the win.

Baylor starter Brad Kuntz (RJr., LHP) was in line for the win having thrown eight innings and allowing only two runs on four hits and three walks. Senior righty Josh Michalec came on to pitch the ninth for the save opportunity and was one strike away from ending the game but instead takes the loss to fall to 0-3 on the year.

Longhorns starter Parker French (Jr., RHP) battled through five and one-third innings allowing three earned runs on on five hits and four walks. Marlow went 2-for-4 for Texas with two doubles and two runs scored. Adam Toth (Jr., RF) reached base four times with a 3-for-4 night that included a walk, while scoring and driving in a run for the Bears.

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