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Baseball Downs Kansas 10-2 for Fifth Straight

Baylor is 6-0 in Josh Turley's six starts this season.

Baylor is 6-0 in Josh Turley's six starts this season.

2
KANSAS
(10-11, 0-1) Rank: NR
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 8 2
2 1 0 0 0 1 5 1 X 10 8 1

Box Score

Waco, Texas • Attendance: 2,379

10
BAYLOR
(16-7, 4-0) Rank: NR
STATS COMPARISON
Runs 2 10
AB 34 30
Hits 8 8
RBI 1 8
BB 3 8
SO 9 5
LOB 8 7

STAT LEADERS
Marasco 4 H 3 Ludy
None -- 2B 1 Ludy
None -- 3B 1 Langford/Miller
None -- HR -- None
Marasco 1 RBI 3 Ludy
None -- SB -- None

PITCHING
IP
H
R
ER
SO
W - Turley (3-0) 5.2 6 0 0 4
L - Duncan (3-3) 6.0 4 4 3 4

POSTGAME NOTES
Baylor's 4-0 start in Big 12 play ties the 1999 season as the Bears' best start in the conference's 16-year history ... Baylor has its second five-game winning streak of the season; the Bears started the year 6-0 ... Lawton Langford (career-long 7 games) extended hitting streaks ... Logan Vick (13 games), Cal Towey (11 games), Langford (8 games) and Max Muncy (7 games) extended on-base streaks ... Muncy has reached base safely in 13 consecutive Big 12 games dating back to the 2011 season ... Nathan Orf's on-base streak was snapped at 11 games, but he recorded two sacrifices ... Langford has reached base safely in 19 of 20 games played this season ... Josh Turley worked 5.2 or more innings for the 14th time in his last 16 starts ... Turley has allowed three or fewer earned runs in 20 of 22 career starts ... Langford recorded his 1st career triple ... Vick drew three walks for the 2nd straight game, giving him 111 walks in his career placing him in a three-way tie for 9th on Baylor's career walks list - he needs just 12 more to crack the Big 12's all-time top 10 ... Joey Hainsfurther recorded his 24th career total sacrifice on a safety squeeze bunt in the 6th - the moved Hainsfurther into a tie for 7th with Mike Bohny on Baylor's all-time total sacrifices list ... Muncy made his 105th consecutive start at first base; he has started 141 of 142 games since joining the Baylor program ... Josh Ludy (8th season, 29th career) and Langford (9th season, 10th career) had multi-hit games ... Ludy (7th season, 19th career) and Towey (3rd season, 13th career) had multi-RBI games ... Baylor is 13-3 at home this season and 51-21 in its last 72 games at Baylor Ballpark ... Baylor is now 43-10 in the all-time series against Kansas, including a 22-3 mark in games played in Waco and a 38-10 record during the Steve Smith era.

March 23, 2012

WACO, Texas - Josh Turley tossed 5.2 shutout innings as Baylor knocked off Kansas, 10-2, on Friday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark. With the win, the Bears improved to 4-0 in Big 12 play, tying 1999 for the best Big 12 start in program history.

Baylor (16-7, 4-0 Big 12) won its fifth straight game overall. Turley (3-0) held Kansas (10-11, 0-1 Big 12) scoreless on six hits with four strikeouts over 5.2 innings. It was the 14th time in his last 16 starts that Turley has pitched at least 5.2 innings and the 20th time in 22 career starts he allowed three or fewer earned runs.

"I thought Turley competed," head coach Steve Smith said. "I didn't think he had his best stuff, but he hung in there. The strikeout to end the second and the couple double plays that we turned really helped."

Josh Ludy had three hits and three RBI for the Bears, and Lawton Langford went 2-for-3 with a triple, two walks and two runs scored. Jake Marasco had half of Kansas' eight hits in a 4-for-4 effort with one RBI.

The Bears got on the board quickly with two runs in the first and one more in the second. Ludy had a two-out RBI single to get Baylor on the board, and Jake Miller tripled and scored on a passed ball in the second. The Bears extended their lead to 4-0 in the fifth when Cal Towey walked and scored on Joey Hainsfurther's safety squeeze bunt.

KU starter Frank Duncan (3-3) took the loss after he allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on four hits with five walks and four strikeouts in 6.0 innings.

Turley got into trouble in the second inning after giving up a two-out infield single and walking the next two batters to load the bases, but he struck out Tucker Tharp to end the inning. Kansas got two straight singles with one out in the fourth, but Turley induced a double-play grounder to end that threat, and he again got a double-play grounder to end the fifth. Four of the six hits allowed by Turley didn't leave the infield.

Baylor got strong relief work from Brad Kuntz and Austin Stone, who combined to allow only a pair of unearned runs on two hits with five strikeouts over 3.1 innings. Kuntz came on with two runners on and two outs in the sixth with Baylor leading 4-0, and he struck out Zac Elgie to end the threat.

"That was huge," Smith said. "He's (Kuntz) in a really good synch right now, which is why I didn't want to leave him out there after we got the big inning. We don't need to burn him up when we get a nine-run lead."

Baylor broke the game open with a five-run outburst in the seventh. With a 9-0 cushion, Smith turned the ball over to Austin Stone, who closed out the win with 2.0 innings of relief.

Logan Vick drew a bases-loaded walk for his third walk of the game, Cal Towey followed with a two-run single, Ludy added a RBI double and Vick scored on a wild pitch to cap the Bears' five-run seventh. Baylor added another run in the eighth when Langford tripled and scored on Nathan Orf's sacrifice fly.

The Bears and Jayhawks continue the series with games on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's game has been pushed back an hour to 4:05 p.m. and Sunday's series finale is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Sunday will be the first of two Dogtopia Bark in the Park events at Baylor Ballpark this season. For more information, visit www.baylorbears.com/barkinthepark.


 

 

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