March 18, 2014
WACO, Texas- After winning last weekend's series vs. No. 23 Texas Tech with four total runs, Baylor baseball broke out the bats for a 9-3 win vs. Houston Baptist on Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (11-9) used 14 hits and four walks against the Huskies (9-8) to score their most runs since Feb. 23.
For the fifth game in a row Baylor scored in the first inning, but this time dropped five runs instead of the one or two runs BU had scored during the previous four first frames. The runs came on five hits and three walks as Lawton Langford, Brett Doe, Adam Toth and Matt Menard started the game with singles. Toth's hit scored the first run. Aaron Dodson drew a bases-loaded walk and Grayson Porter followed with a sacrifice fly for the next two tallies. The last two runs came on a West Tunnell two-out single and Langford two-out bases-loaded walk.
In the second, the Bears kept pushing with a Toth leadoff triple. He scored on the next play as Menard singled. Following back-to-back singles by Porter and Duncan Wendel, Tunnell drove in two on another single.
Tunnell also struck in the fourth for Baylor's last run. Dodson led off the frame with a walk and Tunnell brought him home on a two-out double for a 9-0 lead.
Starter Daniel Castano (2-0) earned the win after throwing four shutout innings while allowing just four hits with one strikeout. Doug Ashby threw three scoreless frames before giving way to Nick Lewis in the eighth for a perfect inning. HBU's three runs came in the ninth off Sean Spicer. HBU starter Ross Kennell (0-3) took the loss after surrendering five runs on five hits and two walks in 0.2 innings.
*Baylor moved to 10-2 at Baylor Ballpark this season and is off to its best start since going 10-1 in 2009, 2007 and 2000. The program's best-ever home start to a season is 23-0-1 in 1998.
*Baylor is 3-1 on its current season-long, seven-game home stand.
*Baylor has scored at least one run in the first inning in each of its last five games.
*Baylor improved to 3-1 in the all-time series vs. Houston Baptist as all four games have been played in Waco. With their third straight win over HBU, the Bears also moved to 2-0 against the Southland Conference this season (also beat Lamar) and 203-111-1 all-time against current members of the league.
*Baylor's 14 hits and nine runs were the most it has had since knocking 20 hits on Feb. 22 vs. Austin Peay and scoring 12 runs on Feb. 23 vs. Austin Peay.
*Daniel Castano has yet to give up more than three runs in a start this season. In his three starts, Castano is 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA as he's given up five runs (three earned) on 12 hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 13.2 innings.
*Lawton Langford has reached base in seven straight games and extended his season-high hitting streak to five games.
*Brett Doe has his first hitting streak of the season and second in his career as he's tied his three-game run from last season. He went 2-for-3 with a run scored to mark his third multi-hit game of the season.
*Adam Toth went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, an RBI and triple. His hit total marked a season high and his fifth multi-hit effort of the season. He now has three triples this year, doubling his career total to enter the season.
*West Tunnell had a career day as he was 3-for-4 with four RBI and a double. His hit and RBI totals established new career highs. The multi-hit game was his fourth of the season and the multi-RBI game was his second.
*Matt Menard went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI for his fifth multi-hit game of the season.
*Doug Ashby extended his scoreless appearance streak to six and has yet to give up an earned run all season. During the stretch he's thrown 5.2 innings while allowing six hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
*Lane Kelly notched his first collegiate hit in his second career at-bat.
STAT OF THE GAME
10 - The amount of hits Baylor had in the first two innings to lead to eight runs.
TWEET OF THE GAME
@BaylorBaseball got the sticks working!-- Carol R. Brandenburg (@bubear33) March 19, 2014
"[The 9-0 early lead] allows everyone to take a deep breath and relax. We've been in so many close games lately, and the way things fell apart for us Sunday, it allowed everyone to relax and just play. As the whole thing panned out it gave us an opportunity to clear the bench and get everybody out there. Everybody should go home tonight with a pretty good taste in their mouth." - BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor ends its season-long, seven-game home stand by facing Oklahoma State for the Bears' second Big 12 series of the season this weekend. Games are set for 6:30 p.m. CT Friday on FOX College Sports, 2 p.m. Saturday on FOX College Sports and 1 p.m. Sunday on FOX Sports Plus.