Schuetz couldn’t score, however, as Everett came back to strike out Vera and Cade Edwards looking to end the inning. Schuetz also drew an intentional walk in the bottom of the sixth, finishing 2-for-2 with a run scored and earning All Tournament honors.
“I was just seeing the ball well tonight,” Schuetz said. “I saw some good pitches, got ahead in the count and just let one go.”
Those two runs would be plenty for Baker, who struck out at least one batter in all seven innings. He three times retired Tennessee 1-2-3, with Texas’ infield playing error-free defense behind him.
That allowed Baker to mix up his fastball with off-speed pitches such as his curveball, slider and change-up. His mid-70s off-speed pitches came in nearly 20 miles per hour slower than his fastball.
With Alex Webb at the plate and in an 0-2 count in the top of the seventh, Baker painted the outside corner of the strike zone with an off-speed pitch at 80 miles per hour for the game-ending strikeout.
“I tried to start them off with a fastball, honestly, to get ahead,” Baker said. “And then once I got them 1-2, 0-2 (in the count), I was able to use my slider to get them chasing.”
Baker was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Tennessee only managed three baserunners in seven innings. Webb hit a one-out single up the middle in the top of the second, then was replaced by courtesy runner Ayrton Schafer.
Phillips tried to sacrifice Schafer to second, but Phillips couldn’t get the bunt down. Texas catcher Vera quickly snapped the ball over to Chris Paddack at first, and Paddack caught it and tagged Schafer for the second out of the inning.
Phillips reached on a two-out hit-by-pitch in the top of the fifth, but Baker struck out Alex Brewer to end the inning. Deon Sanders singled up the middle to start the top of the seventh, but Baker’s 3-2 pitch grabbed the inside corner against Walker Grisanti for a strikeout and the first out of the inning.