Feb. 16, 2014
ASU 12 - BU 1
TEMPE, Ariz. - Baylor baseball dropped a 12-1 decision to No. 19 Arizona State on Sunday afternoon at Packard Stadium. The Bears (1-2) allowed a nine-hit, nine-run sixth inning to the Sun Devils (2-1) to lead to a season-opening series defeat.
ASU grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the second after an error led to a run. Baylor then bounced back in the sixth to tie it as Lawton Langford singled to start the frame, stole second and scored on Duncan Wendel's single.
However, the Sun Devils answered in a large way in the bottom half of the sixth with nine runs on nine hits. Christopher Beall had a pair of RBI singles in the inning, while Brian Serven had a two-run double to help fuel the rally. ASU added two more in the seventh, and Baylor was unable to mount any sort of comeback like it did in the first two games of the series.
ASU reliever Zak Miller (1-0) earned the win after throwing two innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks with one strikeout. BU reliever Drew Tolson (0-1) took the loss after surrendering four runs (three earned) on three hits and a walk in 0.2 innings.
*Baylor had won each of the last four games in the series against ASU before losing the last two. The Sun Devils lead the all-time series 8-5 and 6-2 in Tempe.
*Baylor owns a 24-25 record against current members of the Pac-12 Conference.
*Ben Carl, Joe Sabatini and Drew Tolson all made their collegiate debuts.
*Lawton Langford has reached base in 10 straight games dating back to last season.
*Grayson Porter has reached base in five straight games dating back to last season.
STAT OF THE GAME
9 - The amount of hits and runs scored by ASU in the sixth to put the game away.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"It's early in the year. You're going to see some really, really bizarre scores from some really, really good teams, and that's just the nature of the game. It's really the nature of this time of year, especially." - BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor hosts UT Arlington on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. CT in the Bears' home opener at Baylor Ballpark.