Feb. 21, 2014
WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball began its weekend series against Austin Peay with a 5-2 win on Friday night at Baylor Ballpark. BU (3-2) starter Dillon Newman struck out a career-high nine APSU (1-4) batters while Grayson Porter's two-run homer proved to be the game-winning hit.
Newman was spotted an early 2-0 lead thanks to a costly APSU error on a pop up to second base that led to a two-run single by Duncan Wendel. But a single and walk off Newman in the second turned into runs for the Governors as Logan Gray hit a two-run double to tie the game.
From there, Newman settled in as he struck out the side in the fourth and sixth innings. Earning his first win of the season, Newman (1-0) threw six innings while allowing two runs on four hits and two walks.
Helping give Newman the win was Porter after a leadoff walk by Lawton Langford in the sixth inning. With a 1-0 count, Porter lined a fastball over the left field fence for his second home run of the season, and gave Baylor a 4-2 lead.
Similar to Tuesday's home-opening win over UT Arlington, the Baylor bullpen put the game on ice. Doug Ashby threw 1.2 innings, allowing just a hit while striking out three batters. Josh Michalec followed with 1.1 innings of perfect relief with a strikeout to record his third save of the season in as many tries.
*Dillon Newman set a career-high with nine strikeouts, breaking his record of eight vs. California on March 1, 2013.
*Lawton Langford has reached base in 12 straight games dating back to last season.
*Grayson Porter has reached base in seven straight games dating back to last season thanks to his game-winning two-run homer in the fifth inning. Porter now has seven career homers, two this season and five in 2013. Both home runs this season have either tied the game or given Baylor the lead.
*Duncan Wendel hit safely for the fifth straight game to start the season, giving him a new career-high hitting streak. His two RBI tied a career high, marking the fifth time he's had two RBI in a game, and his two hits tied a career high, marking the 12th time he's done so.
*After starting the season 1-for-16, Logan Brown went 2-for-4 with a walk and steal.
*In the teams' first-ever meeting, Baylor took a 1-0 lead in the all-time series against Austin Peay.
*Baylor improved to 3-0 all-time against teams currently part of the Ohio Valley Conference.
STAT OF THE GAME
13 - The amount strikeouts Baylor pitchers recorded, marking the first time the team has had 13 strikeouts since March 15, 2011, vs. Florida International.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"I thought [the Baylor pitching] was great. I was a little worried about that at the beginning of the game because Dillon [Newman] came out struggling and they came out swinging the bat. We got the two early runs and they came back and tied the game up. I didn't think he was real sharp early in the game, but he got going and was really good once we gave him the lead." - BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor and Austin Peay play the second game of the series tomorrow at 3 p.m. CT and the finale Sunday at 1 p.m. The scheduled pitching matchups are BU LHP Brad Kuntz (0-0, 8.10 ERA) vs. APSU RHP Alex Robles (0-0, 4.50 ERA) on Saturday and BU RHP Austin Stone (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. APSU RHP Ryan Quick (0-0, 3.60 ERA) on Sunday.