WACO, Texas - Logan Verrett allowed an infield single to Louisiana Tech's Kyle Roliard to lead off the game, but that would be the Bulldogs' only hit of the night. Verrett struck out a Baylor Ballpark record-tying 14 batters in a complete game one-hitter, as No. 17 Baylor knocked off Louisiana Tech 7-0 on Friday night.
Verrett struck out the next two batters after the infield single, and Mark Threlkeld was called for interference after his swing on strike three, erasing Roliard from the bases. That helped Verrett faced the minimum number of batters until a two-out walk in the eighth, and he faced just one over the minimum for the game.
"This was probably the most comfortable I have felt out of any of the games I have played at Baylor," Verrett said. "I had all four pitches working, I was able to throw strikes with all four and that helped me keep the opposing hitters off balance. That was probably why I was able to go nine innings."
Louisiana Tech's (8-5) only other batter to reach base came when Colby Johnson reached on an error with one out in the seventh, but he was erased on a groundball double play three pitches later.
With the win, Baylor (9-5) notched its first four-game winning streak since winning eight in a row from May 16-29 of last season.
Verrett was efficient, needing just 80 pitches to get through the first seven innings. He used 30 pitches over the last two frames, but he struck out the last four batters of the game in order.
Despite the final score, Verrett had only two runs of support through his first eight innings of work. Baylor failed to capitalize on Chris Slater's leadoff triple in the second inning, but the Bears broke a scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the fourth inning.
Josh Ludy and Jake Miller singled to start the inning, and Ludy came around to score when Dan Evatt's grounder to third was mishandled. That ended the night for Tech starter Chris Sadberry, who allowed two runs on four hits in 3.1 innings in his collegiate debut.
Ben Carlisle came on in relief and allowed a RBI single to Landis Ware, but that's all the Baylor offense would manage against Carlisle until breaking through in the eighth.
Slater started the rally with a single, giving him three hits for a third straight game, and Ludy and Miller followed with singles of their own to give Baylor a 3-0 lead. Ware drew a walk to load the bases, and Sam Alvis was called in from the bullpen.
Slater and Ludy both went 3-for-4 and scored a run, while Miller went 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI.
Verrett came back out for the ninth and needed 14 pitches to strike out the side. He punched out pinch hitters Beau Bayliss and Philip Menou before punctuating the night by striking out Roliard - the only Tech batter to record a hit in the game.
The Bears and Bulldogs continue their four-game series at 3 p.m. Saturday. Trent Blank is slated to take the mound for Baylor against Mike Jefferson.