March 7, 2014
WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball's five-game winning streak to open its home season came to a close as No. 4 Cal State Fullerton claimed an 11-0 win in the series opener at Baylor Ballpark Friday night. The Bears (6-7) committed a season-high six errors to help the Titans (8-3) to victory.
BU starter Dillon Newman(1-1) was pretty sharp in the first four batters he faced as he had three strikeouts and a walk, but the first strikeout came on a wild pitch that let Titan leadoff hitter Austin Diemer reach base. Newman's K of J.D. Davis should've ended the inning with no harm but Clay Williamson and Greg Velazquez made it hurt with RBI singles that gave the Titans a 3-0 lead.
Three runs were plenty of support for Titan ace Thomas Eshelman (3-0), who had a perfect game until Darryn Sheppard'sone-out single in the fourth. Eshelman retired the side in order in six of nine frames as he allowed just three hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
A Baylor error in the fourth allowed the Titans' fourth run, another in the sixth allowed the fifth run. In the seventh, an error and wild pitch helped two more runs score. In the ninth, the Titans scored four on three hits and two walks.
Sheppard also added a hit in the sixth, and Brett Doeprovided the Bears' only other hit on a single in the fifth.
*Baylor was 5-0 to start its home season, the best record to start a home campaign since 2012 (7-0).
*Baylor is 2-5 all-time against Cal State Fullerton including a 1-3 record in Waco.
*Baylor is 13-21 against current members of the Big West Conference.
*Baylor is 184-268-1 all-time against Baseball America ranked teams, including a 41-75 mark against top five teams. Since 2012 BU is 11-7 against ranked teams and has won nine of its last 14 such games. At home against ranked foes, BU is 102-100-1. Baylor has six wins in its last eight games against top 10 teams. The last time BU faced a top five team was April 20-22, 2012, against No. 2 Texas A&M and BU won all three games.
*Lawton Langford's 19-game on-base streak came to an end.
*Matt Menard's career-long five-game on-base streak came to an end.
*Grayson Porter's four-game hitting streak came to an end.
*Darryn Sheppard has reached base in 12 of his first 13 collegiate games as he had his team-leading fifth multi-hit game, going 2-for-3.
*Kyle Ott notched his fifth straight scoreless appearance as he threw one inning and allowed one hit. Since allowing four runs in his first-ever outing for Baylor at Arizona State on Feb. 14, he's given up just three hits and a walk with four strikeouts in five innings. He's held foes scoreless in five of his first six college appearances.
*Sean Spicer put together a career-best fourth straight scoreless appearance as he threw one perfect inning. He's held opponents scoreless in four of five outings this season, only giving up a run at Arizona State on Feb. 15 on two hits and a walk. Since then, he has allowed two walks and no runs in 2.2 innings.
STAT OF THE GAME
6 - The amount of errors Baylor committed - the most since committing seven at Texas on May 1, 2009.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"I thought [Thomas Eshelman] had really good fastball command. He pitched both sides of the plate, particularly down in the zone, but he moved the ball around the strike zone very well. He was very workman like, very professional." - BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor continues its series against No. 4 Cal State Fullerton at 3 p.m. CT Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. The scheduled pitching matchups are BU LHP Brad Kuntz (1-0, 2.40 ERA) vs. CSFU RHP Justin Garza (2-0, 2.61 ERA) for Saturday and BU RHP Austin Stone(1-1, 2.20 ERA) vs. CSFU RHP Grahamm Wiest (1-0, 1.27 ERA) for Sunday, which will be televised live on FOX Sports Southwest.