Feb. 18, 2014
WACO, Texas - Baylor baseball won its home opener 5-2 over UT Arlington on Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark. The win improved the Bears (2-2) to 15-5 in home openers under head coach Steve Smith.
Trailing 1-0 after the first inning, Baylor tied the game in the second thanks in part to a Mavericks (0-4) error on a two-out pop up off the bat of Adam Toth that was dropped by second baseman Darien McLemore. Duncan Wendelimmediately made it hurt as he roped a double down the right field line on the next play to tie the game.
UTA answered in the fifth with a run after a one-out walk and RBI double by Derek Miller, giving the Mavericks another short-lived lead.
Baylor then took control of the game in the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, Darryn Sheppard singled with one out and Lawton Langford followed with another single. After Grayson Porter was hit in the helmet, Mitch Price delivered a two-run single up the middle to give the Bears a 3-2 lead. In the seventh, BU loaded the bases again after Hayden Ross was hit by a pitch, Matt Menardsingled and Sheppard walked. With Langford up, a wild pitch scored Ross before the bases were reloaded following Langford's walk. Porter then added the final insurance run on a sacrifice fly.
BU starter Daniel Castano took a no-decision in his first collegiate start, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks with one strikeout. The bullpen shined bright for BU as Sean Spicer, Doug Ashby, Ryan Smith and Josh Michaleccombined to hold UTA scoreless over the final 4.2 innings, allowing just one hit and walk with four strikeouts. Ashby (1-0) earned the win with 1.2 innings of perfect relief and two strikeouts. Michalec picked up his second career save and second of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit and walk with a strikeout.
Taking the loss for UTA was starter Brad Vachon (0-2), who gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts.
*Mitch Price went 2-for-4 with two RBI, including the game-winning RBI, in his first start and appearance of the season.
*Lawton Langford has reached base in 11 straight games dating back to last season.
*Grayson Porter has reached base in six straight games dating back to last season.
*Duncan Wendel hit safely for the fourth straight game to start the season, tying his career-high hitting streak set in 2013.
*Baylor improved to 83-30 in the all-time series against UTA and 51-12 in Waco with its fifth straight win in the series.
*Baylor has won eight of its last nine home openers.
STAT OF THE GAME
4.2 - The amount of scoreless innings the Baylor bullpen threw while allowing just one hit and walk with four strikeouts.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"I think the game on the defensive side should give us some confidence after the weekend we had in Arizona." - BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor hosts Austin Peay this weekend in a three-game series at Baylor Ballpark. Games are set for Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT, Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.