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His team opened its season Monday, but Tuesday was opening day for Red Bank pitcher Hunter Adkins.

With more than a dozen pro scouts watching his every move from stretching to warming up through pitching into the sixth inning, the senior allowed only three hits. The Lions shut out usually potent Baylor in a 4-0 victory.

"It was opening day for him in his senior season. Considering the crowd that was here, I thought Hunter pitched extremely well," Red Bank coach Bumper Reese said.

Adkins hit 90 mph fairly often on some of the radar guns and was still touching it when he reached his pitch count in the sixth. He struggled at times, though, striking out four and walking four.

"He did well. He didn't throw his 'A' game, but he bore down when he got in trouble," Lions pitching coach Jamie Tricoglou said.

The Middle Tennessee State signee gave up an infield single to Brent Blalock and got a fielder's choice before surrendering consecutive walks to load the bases in the fifth. He recovered, though, with a strikeout and an inning-ending fly ball to left.

"That was a big part of the game for us," Reese said.

"My fastball wasn't as hard as I wanted," Adkins assessed. "It took me a couple of innings to get loose, but I hit my spots pretty well, and when I didn't the defense picked me up."

His fifth-inning jam came on some close-call curve balls that were just a tad too far off the plate to suit the man in blue, so he went back to spotting his fastball.

"That one inning they changed their strategy," Baylor coach Gene Etter said. "He was struggling, but when he went to his fastball he came out of it."

Jeremy Bales pitched the sixth and seventh innings to pick up his first save.

Red Bank scored three runs in the second inning, two of those crossing the plate on Alan Walden's looping single just over the shortstop's outreached glove. The third came on a Corey Vick groundout.

"I was real proud of the way we played defensively," Reese said. "If we had kicked it around in that (fifth) inning, we could have been tied or even lost the game. We made the routine plays. For us to win, we have to do that."

For the second straight day, a Baylor pitcher threw a five-hitter but the Red Raiders were handcuffed offensively. It was their second shutout loss.

"Will (Stansell) pitched well enough to win," Etter said. "A lot of times a five-hitter is good enough to make the highlights. Our guys did a decent job overall. It's a timing thing. We had some opportunities and just didn't come through."

The Raiders also loaded the bases in the sixth, one runner reaching on Adkins' fourth walk and then two on walks issued by Bales. The submarine-style reliever struck out his first batter and got a ground-ball out before going full counts and walking the next two batters. He then got a strikeout to end the inning before retiring Baylor's 1-2-3 hitters in the seventh.

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