March 14, 2014
WACO, Texas- In the Big 12 opener, Baylor baseball notched a 1-0 win over No. 23 Texas Tech on Friday evening at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (9-8, 1-0 Big 12) ended the Red Raiders' (15-4, 0-1 Big 12) seven-game winning streak.
All Baylor needed was one run for victory, and the run came in the first inning. Darryn Sheppard roped a one-out double to the right-center gap to get into scoring position. Adam Toth promptly drove him home on the next play with a triple down the right field line.
From there, the Bears missed on several chances to increase the lead but starting pitcher Dillon Newman and closer Josh Michalec kept the Red Raiders at bay. After giving up two straight singles to start the second, Newman locked in to retire 13 consecutive TTU hitters.
When Newman ran into trouble again in the eighth after two straight singles to start the frame, Michalec cleaned up for him. On his first pitch to Jake Barrios, Michalec got a sharp, one-hop grounder back to him, fielded it cleanly, checked the runner at third and then started the 1-6-3 double play. Three pitches later, he induced a lineout to third off the bat of Eric Gutierrez. Michalec then worked a flawless ninth to close it out.
In earning the win, Newman (2-1) gave up six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in a season-high seven innings pitched. Michalec notched his seventh straight save, tallying a strikeout while allowing nothing else. Taking the loss for TTU was starter Dominic Moreno (1-3) after surrendering the one run on six hits and a walk with nine strikeouts.
*Baylor is now 4-4 against ranked teams this season.
*Baylor is now 10-8 all-time in Big 12 opening games and 11-7 in Big 12 home opening games.
*Baylor is now 50-53 all-time in TV games and is 3-0 this season with all three wins coming vs. ranked teams. The Bears improved to 15-23 on the FOX family of networks as the game was televised on FOX College Sports. Since 2011, BU is 20-12 in TV games.
*Baylor moved to 8-1 at Baylor Ballpark this season and is off to its best start since going 10-1 in 2009.
*Baylor now trails the all-time series against Texas Tech 76-77 and leads the series in Waco 48-27.
*Baylor picked up its second shutout of a ranked opponent this season. The Bears beat No. 3 Cal State Fullerton 1-0 on March 8 in Waco for the first.
*Josh Michalec ranks in the top 3 in the country in saves (7) and has closed out seven of Baylor's nine wins on the season - the other two wins were 15-1 and 12-1 over Austin Peay. Michalec is now a perfect 7-for-7 in career save chances as all of his career saves have come in 2014. Each of the last four saves Michalec has earned have been multi-inning efforts.
*Aaron Dodson now has three doubles in his last two games.
*Adam Toth extended his hitting streak to four games with his fourth multi-hit contest, going 2-for-4 with a triple, RBI and steal.
*Lawton Langford has reached base in four straight games and notched his tied-for-team-lead fifth multi-hit game, going 2-for-4.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"I have to give both [starting] pitchers credit tonight -- both guys stranded some runners. The play that Josh [Michalec] made when he came in was big. When you make that play, you get to win a 1-0 ballgame. If you don't make that play, nobody thinks anything about it because it was a sharp ball and a tough play to make. It's certainly tough to get out of first and third with nobody out and strand a runner at third base." - BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor and No. 23 Texas Tech continue their Big 12 opening series with a 12:02 p.m. CT first pitch on Saturday on FOX Sports 1 and 1:05 p.m. start on Sunday on FOX Sports Southwest. The scheduled pitching matchups are BU LHP Brad Kuntz (2-0, 1.71 ERA) vs. TTU LHP Chris Sadberry (2-0, 2.21 ERA) and BU RHP Austin Stone (2-1, 1.61 ERA) vs. TTU's starter that has yet to be announced.