Baylor Press Release
By: Zach Peters
WACO, Texas – Baylor baseball notched a 12-2 win over No. 8 Texas Tech to secure the teams’ Big 12 opening series on Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (10-6, 2-0) used 11 hits to score a season-high 12 runs to overwhelm the Red Raiders (16-5, 0-2).
Trailing 1-0 after the third inning, Baylor tied the game in the fifth. Davion Downey singled with one out, and after a wild pitch, scored on a two-out double by Davis Wendzel.
The game changed in the sixth as TTU had the bases loaded with two outs but reliever Kyle Hill induced a foul out to end the threat. BU then scored four runs in the sixth and seven in the seventh to take a commanding lead.
In the sixth, Josh Bissonette singled with one out, Tucker Cascadden reached on an error and a balk moved both runners into scoring position for Cole Haring, who hit into a fielder’s choice but the throw home was off line. With two outs, Shea Langeliers walked to load the bases, and the Bears followed with an RBI HBP by Wendzel and two-run single by Andy Thomas.
Baylor started the seventh with a Richard Cunningham HBP and Bissonette single. Then a fielder’s choice throw to third was late on Cascadden’s sacrifice bunt to load the bases. With one out, Downey was hit by a pitch to force in a run. After a 1:57 lightning/rain delay, Langeliers opened the flood gates with a two-run single. Wendzel walked to re-load the bases for Thomas, who singled in a run. Nick Loftin drove in a run on a grounder to third. Cunningham and Bissonette followed with RBI singles to push the Bears lead to 12-1.
Texas Tech rallied for a run in the eighth but was unable to do more damage.
Hill (2-0) earned the win in relief, allowing two walks in 1.1 hitless, scoreless innings. TTU reliever Caleb Kilian (1-1) took the loss, giving up four unearned runs on two hits and a walk with one strikeout in 0.2 innings.
*Baylor is 7-8 under third-year head coach Steve Rodriguez and 95-155 all-time against Baseball America top 10 opponents. Prior to this series, BU's last win against a top 10 team was April 22, 2017 at No. 7 TCU (16-5) and last series win was vs. No. 10 TCU (May 13-15, 2016).
*Baylor is 5-1 on its current seven-game home stand.
*Baylor has won seven of its last eight games.
*Baylor has reached 10 wins in at least its first 16 games for the second season in a row. The last time Baylor did so in consecutive years was a run from 2006-2012.
*Baylor is 2-0 in Big 12 play for the first time since 2014.
*Baylor has finished its home schedule with a .500 record or better (7-2 in 2018) in all 19 seasons at Baylor Ballpark (since 1999) and is 423-195 all-time at the park.
*Baylor is 15-22 against ranked opponents under Rodriguez (3-4, in 2018, 7-10 in 2017, 5-8 in 2016) and is 4-6 in three-game series against ranked foes. Prior to this series, BU's last win over a ranked opponent was Feb. 24 at No. 11 UCLA (8-6) and last series win over a ranked opponent was vs. No. 23 Houston on March 10-12, 2017.
*Baylor is 13-17 under Rodriguez against Baseball America ranked opponents (3-4 in 2018, 7-9 in 2017, 3-4 in 2016) and is 3-5 in three-game series against ranked foes. Prior to this series, BU's last win over a Baseball America ranked opponent was Feb. 24 at No. 11 UCLA (8-6) and last series win over a Baseball America ranked opponent was vs. No. 23 Houston on March 10-12, 2017.
*Baylor is 207-305-1 all-time against Baseball America ranked opponents and 175-258-1 in regular season play.
*The game had a 1:57 rain/lightning delay in the bottom of the seventh inning with one out.
*Hayden Kettler has thrown at least five innings with three runs or less and three strikeouts in four of five starts this season. He posted 5.2 one-run innings with three hits, four walks and three strikeouts vs. TTU.
*Davis Wendzel has reached base in five straight games and posted his second multi-RBI game of the season (2). He has a three-game hitting streak.
*Shea Langeliers has reached base in three straight games as he registered his team-high fifth multi-RBI game of the season (2).
*Andy Thomas tied career highs with three hits and three RBI for his team-high-tying fifth multi-hit game of the season, while posting his third multi-RBI game.
*Josh Bissonette had his fourth multi-hit game of the season (3).
*Davion Downey had his third multi-hit game of the season (2).
STAT OF THE GAME
2:26 – The amount of time it took for Baylor to score seven runs in the bottom of the seventh with the lightning/rain delay.
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