Baylor Press Release
By: Rachel Caton
WACO, Texas – The bats for No. 21 Baylor came alive in a big way on Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark, blasting 10 runs on 18 hits to defeat visiting Nebraska, 10-3.
The Bears (10-4) salvaged the series behind big days at the plate from Andy Thomas, Mack Mueller, Josh Bissonette and Richard Cunningham who each had three hits on the day. Thomas blasted three RBI on a career-high three doubles on the day in his first multi-hit performance of the year, while Mueller also tallied career-high marks with three RBI on three hits.
Shea Langeliers returned to the lineup after a hamate bone fracture and went 2-for-5 as the designated hitter. Davion Downey also had a multi-hit performance after going hitless in the first two games of the series.
The Bears jumped on Nebraska (6-7) early, scoring two in the bottom of the second as Mueller brought home the first one on an RBI single through the left side and Thomas doubled home his first run of the day to make it 2-0 Bears.
Baylor starter Anderson Needham cruised through the first two frames but hit a rough patch in the third, walking home the first run of the day for the Huskers before giving way to reliever Jimmy Winston. Winston inherited bases loaded and no outs. Another walk brought in a second run to tie the game and the go-ahead run came in on an RBI single by Luke Roskam. Winston was able to settle in and minimize the damage and the Bears were only down 3-2 heading to the bottom half of the inning.
The Bears answered in the fourth as Thomas’ second double of the day brought home Mueller all the way from first to tie the game back at 3-3.
After Husker starter Connor Curry left the game with an arm injury in the fourth, the Bears were able to get to reliever Reece Eddins in his second inning of work. The Bears opened up the game as they plated five runs on five hits as the Bears batted around in the inning, taking an 8-3 lead into the sixth inning.
The Bears added two more in the bottom of the seventh inning to push the lead to 10-3.
After Winston settled down in the third inning, Baylor’s bullpen of Winston, Jacob Ashkinos, Ryan Leckich, Luke Boyd and Kyle Hill shut down the Huskers’ offense through the final six frames, holding their potent offense to just two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.
Winston earned his first win of the season to improve to 1-0 on the year, while Husker reliever Eddins took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year.