Baylor Press Release:
WACO, Texas – Baylor baseball notched a 2-1 win vs. Lamar on Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (14-13) only scored in one inning but it was all they needed to top the Cardinals (6-23).
Trailing 1-0 after the fourth, BU caught a break in the sixth as Shea Langeliers struck out swinging with two outs on a pitch in the dirt but the throw to first was offline. Capitalizing on the mistake, Davis Wendzel singled, Andy Thomas walked and Davion Downey hit a two-run double to put the Bears ahead.
From there, reliever Kyle Hill posted three shutout innings, taking over for starter Tyler Thomas, who tossed four one-run frames. Ryan Leckich got the first two outs of the eighth but then walked the next two, forcing BU to bring in Troy Montemayor. The closer needed two pitches to get out of the jam and shut the door in the ninth for his seventh save.
Hill (3-1) earned the win while Lamar starter Jace Campbell (0-5) took the loss, giving up two unearned runs on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts in six innings.
*Baylor is 21-10 in midweek games under third-year head coach Steve Rodriguez with a 14-9 home mark and 7-1 road record. BU is 4-2 in 2018 (2-2 at home, 2-0 on road).
*Baylor has finished its home schedule with a .500 record or better (11-5 in 2018) in all 19 seasons at Baylor Ballpark (since 1999) and is 427-198 all-time at the park.
*Troy Montemayor earned his 33rd career save (seventh of the season). He is now within five of topping Baylor’s all-time career saves leader Zane Carlson (37, 2000-04). He converted his first eight career save attempts in 2016, and after blowing his ninth try, converted 12 straight before blowing his 22nd attempt. He has converted 24 of his last 25 save tries and 13 straight. He is 33-for-35 in career save chances.
*Tyler Thomas tied a career high with five strikeouts.
*Kyle Hill tied a career high with his third win of the season.
*Davis Wendzel has reached base in 16 straight games.
*Cole Haring has an eight-game hitting streak as he posted his seventh multi-hit game of the season (2).
*Davion Downey had his fourth multi-RBI game of the season (2).
STAT OF THE GAME
4 – The amount of runners that reached base in the Baylor sixth with two outs.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“Wins are always good. It’s like I told our guys, we never apologize for any wins. We play really hard and sometimes we don’t win and sometimes we have to take advantage of another person’s mistakes, and that is what we did tonight. Little things like that can really propel a team and that’s what I’m hoping for. There is definitely not a lack of effort coming from our guys right now. They’re in the cages, they’re looking at video, they’re wanting to get it right and they’re coming in and trying to see what’s going on. Sometimes it’s just those weird things that happen in baseball. There is really no rhyme or reason, it’s just really unlucky, timing is off, whatever it is. Tomorrow, we’re going to come out and we’re going to have a great practice, going to have kind of an individual deal where we are just helping guys and just let them hit. Hopefully we can take it over into the weekend against Texas.” – Baylor Head Coach Steve Rodriguez
The Bears travel to Austin to face Texas on Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT, Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. For tickets to home games, visit: http://www.baylorbears.com/tickets/. For updates on the program follow @baylorbaseball on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.