Feb. 15, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. - Baylor baseball dropped a 7-4 decision to No. 19 Arizona State on Saturday afternoon at Packard Stadium. The Bears (1-1) rallied to tie the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning, but the Sun Devils (1-1) scored three more runs and held BU scoreless over the final three frames.
Trailing 3-0, the Baylor comeback started with Darryn Sheppard's first collegiate home run to lead off the fourth inning. Lawton Langford followed with a single, and an out later, Aaron Dodson drove him in with a double to cut into the deficit.
After ASU scored in the bottom of the fourth on a double steal, Logan Brown launched a one-out solo home run in the top of the fifth to keep Baylor within a run. An inning later, Duncan Wendel led off with a single, moved to second on a balk and to third on a ground out by Hayden Ross. Adam Toth then drove him in on a ground out to shortstop to tie the game.
However, ASU countered in the bottom of the sixth as Brian Serven was hit by reliever Sean Spicer's pitch and Jordan Aboites singled. BU brought in Ryan Smith to manage the damage, and he did. The junior allowed just a run on a fielder's choice ground out by David Greer.
The Sun Devils added to the lead in the eighth with two more runs that were not needed as ASU reliever Eric Melbostad held the Bears scoreless over his final three innings to pick up the win. Melbostad (1-0) threw four frames, allowing just one hits and one run while striking out two.
Spicer (0-1) took the loss in relief of starter Brad Kuntz. Spicer allowed one run on two hits and a walk with one strikeout in 1.2 innings. Making his first start since 2012, Kuntz allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings.
*Baylor had won each of the last four games in the series against ASU. The Sun Devils lead the all-time series 7-5 and 5-2 in Tempe.
*Baylor owns a 24-24 record against current members of the Pac-12 Conference.
*Darryn Sheppard went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run on his first collegiate home run.
*Lawton Langford has reached base in nine straight games dating back to last season.
*Brad Kuntz made his first appearance since June 2, 2012, and first start since May 15, 2012.
*Hayden Ross made his first Baylor start (second base) after making his debut yesterday as a pinch-runner (scored a run) and drew a walk in four plate appearances.
*Aaron Dodson notched first career RBI on his first career double as he was 1-for-4.
*Logan Brown hit his second career home run and now has one homer in each of the last two seasons.
STAT OF THE GAME
4 - The amount of runs scored by Baylor in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to tie the game.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"We're doing OK. I thought their left-hander who started the game was exceptional. For us to put some runs on the board and get him out of there is a pretty good sign for us offensively." - BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor takes on ASU in the rubber match series finale tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. CT. The scheduled pitching matchup is BU RHP Austin Stone (2013: 3-3, 3.74 ERA, 22 BB, 43 K) against ASU LHP Brett Lilek (2013: 2-1, 4.05 ERA, 8 BB, 17 K).