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Baylor Slugs Their Way Past Memphis

Baylor Press Release: 

MEMPHIS – Baylor baseball won a 12-8 decision against Memphis on Friday evening at FedEx Park. The Bears (16-16) used a season-high four home runs to topple the Tigers (11-24).

Davis Wendzel started the longball parade with a two-run shot in the first. Andy Thomas and Shea Langeliers followed with walks to set up a two-out single by Davion Downey for a three-run first frame.

After the Tigers countered with three runs in the second, BU’s offensive took over. Downey hit a sacrifice fly in the third and Cole Haring blasted a three-run homer. In the fourth, Nick Loftin hit a solo dinger and Thomas had an RBI double. Wendzel added another sac fly in the sixth for a 10-3 lead.

Memphis grabbed two runs back in the sixth, but Baylor responded with a Haring solo homer in the seventh.

The Tigers made things interesting in the eighth, scoring three runs, but Drew Robertson left two on to end the rally.

The Bears then tacked on another run in the ninth via a Josh Bissonette two-out single.

BU starter Hayden Kettler (4-3) earned the win, giving up five runs (three earned) on nine hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 5.2 innings. UM starter Riley Cabral (4-5) took the loss, allowing nine runs on nine hits and four walks with four strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

NOTES

*Baylor is 3-4 in three-game series this season (0-3 on road, 3-1 at home) and has a combined record of 9-11.

*Baylor hit four home runs in a game for the first time since doing the same on May 18, 2017 vs. Kansas State.

*Baylor has hit 111 home runs in 142 games under third-year head coach Steve Rodriguez. BU hit 51 in 2017 for its most homers since 2010 (57). BU has 26 in 2018.

*Baylor has 31 multi-home run games under Rodriguez (nine 2016, 14 in 2017, eight in 2018).

*Baylor is 13-7 in non-conference play this season.

*Baylor is 4-8 on the road overall and 0-6 in Big 12 play this season.

*Baylor is 2-3 on its current season-long, seven-game road trip.

*Davis Wendzel has reached base in a career-high 21 straight games as he hit his fourth homer of the season and 12th of his career. He has a team-high-tying nine multi-hit games (2) and three multi-RBI games (3).

*Davion Downey has reached base in seven straight games and has a three-game hitting streak. He has six multi-RBI games (2).

*Josh Bissonette has reached base in five straight games.

*T.J. Raguse has a four-game hitting streak as he posted his second multi-hit game of the season (2).

*Andy Thomas has a three-game hitting streak.

*Cole Haring had his first multi-homer game (2) as he hit his third and fourth homers of the season. He set career highs with two homers and four RBI while tying career highs with two hits and two runs. He has eight multi-hit and four multi-RBI games this season.

*Nick Loftin hit his third career home run and third of the season as he posted his seventh multi-hit game (2).

*Richard Cunningham notched his eighth multi-hit game of the season (3).

STAT OF THE GAME

6 – The amount of RBI from Baylor’s No. 6 and 7 hitters in Davion Downey (2) and Cole Haring (4).

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“I thought offensively we did a good job of seeing the ball up and putting some good swings on the ball. It was nice to move some runners around and see the offense break out a bit. I have to give credit to the bullpen, too, though. They came into some tough situations and did a phenomenal job.” – Baylor Head Coach Steve Rodriguez

WHAT’S NEXT

The Bears finish their series at Memphis with a 2 p.m. CT Saturday game and 1 p.m. Sunday finale. For tickets to home games, visit: http://www.baylorbears.com/tickets/. For updates on the program follow @baylorbaseball on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.

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