The Baylor Bears are one step close to moving to the 2012 NCAA Baseball Tournament's College World Series. They defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks, 8-1, in Game 1 of the best-of-three-series on Saturday.
Baylor had Trent Blank on the mound for the victory. A Colorado Rockies draft pick, Blank threw eight innings of one-run ball, limiting the Razorbacks to seven hits. He struck out five batters. Logan Vick hit two home runs for the Bears, a two-run shot in the first inning and a solo shot in the fourth inning. Josh Ludy launched one over the outfield wall in the third inning. Cal Towey added three hits and two RBI.
Arkansas' Dominic Ficociello went 3-for-4 with a run driven in on a double. Starter D.J. Baxendale allowed five runs in six innings.
Game 2 of this series takes place on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. MT and will be seen on ESPNU.