March 28, 2014
CHARLESTON, W. Va. - No. 29 Baylor baseball fell in 12 innings in the series opener vs. West Virginia on Friday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park. The Bears (13-12, 4-3 Big 12) scored five runs in the ninth inning to force extras but couldn't get over the hump against the Mountaineers (14-8, 1-0 Big 12).
Trailing 7-2 entering the ninth, Baylor exhibited great patience as the Bears scored five runs on four walks, an HBP and two hits. Darryn Sheppard led off with a walk. An out later, Adam Toth singled and Joe Sabatini walked. After a pitching change, Lawton Langford was hit by a pitch to force in a run. After another pitching change, Brett Doe and Matt Menard both drew RBI walks. Following, Aaron Dodson's foul out, Ben Carl delivered the clutch hit on a two-RBI single to right-center, moving to second base on the throw in. Then with a 3-0 count, Sheppard had the green light and popped up to end the rally.
Both teams had threats in extras but it wasn't until the bottom of the 12th until a run was scored. In his third inning of work, Josh Michalec allowed a leadoff double to Jacob Rice and Jackson Cramer followed with another double to end the game.
Prior to the ninth, Baylor overcame a 2-0 first-inning deficit with a run in the second on a solo homer by Adam Toth and run in the third on a Duncan Wendel single.
But a crushing blow to the Bears came in the sixth on a grand slam by Max Nogay off starter Brad Kuntz. WVU also added a run in the seventh off Kuntz before he exited.
Earning the win for WVU was reliever Michael Bennett (1-0), who threw 3.1 scoreless innings while allowing a hit with two strikeouts. Michalec (0-2) took the loss as he allowed the one run on three hits and a walk with one strikeout in three frames. Kuntz took a no-decision after giving up seven runs on seven hits and five walks with one strikeout in 6.2 innings.
*Baylor is 9-9 in Big 12 road openers and 7-10 in Big 12 road opening three-game series. The Bears had won three of their last five Big 12 road opening three-game series. The last time Baylor won its road opening game in Big 12 play was April 5, 2012, at Missouri (3-1).
*Baylor is 0-2 on its current four-game road trip.
*Baylor is 2-2 all-time against West Virginia as the teams met for the first time last season on April 5-7, 2013, in Waco. The Bears lost the first game but won the last two.
*Baylor is 482-534-4 against current members of the Big 12 Conference and 263-197 all-time in Big 12 regular season play.
*Adam Toth hit his first home run of the season and second of his career in the second inning with two outs and no one on. It was the first home run WVU ace Harrison Musgrave has given up all year to a left-handed hitter and 10th homer Musgrave has given up in his career with nearly 200 innings pitched.
*Brad Kuntz's three-game winning streak came to a close as prior to the game he had beaten No. 3 Cal State Fullerton, No. 23 Texas Tech and No. 20 Oklahoma State. His streak of games with one-run or less came to a close as well at six starts. During that stretch he was 4-0 while allowing four runs (three earned) on 20 hits and 13 walks with 28 strikeouts in 29.2 innings.
*Doug Ashby extended his scoreless appearance streak to nine to tie his career high from 2013 and has yet to give up an earned run all season. During the stretch he's thrown 9.0 innings while allowing nine hits and three walks with six strikeouts.
*Brett Doe extended his career-long hitting streak to seven games.
*Duncan Wendel extended his career-high on-base streak to seven games.
*Matt Menard extended his on-base streak to five games, tying a career high.
*Ben Carl went 1-for-2 with a career-high two RBI.
STAT OF THE GAME
5 - The amount of free passes the Bears had in the ninth to help tie the game.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"We got some pretty key at-bats down the stretch. We just couldn't overcome some of the walks we gave up and the one mistake Brad [Kuntz] made while he was out there. I thought Brad pitched well, he competed really well. I know he'd like to have that one pitch back." - BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor continues its series vs. WVU tomorrow at 3 p.m. CT and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, which will be televised on FOX Sports 1. The scheduled pitching matchups are BU RHP Austin Stone (3-1, 0.97 ERA) vs. WVU RHP Sean Carley (4-0, 2.82 ERA) tomorrow and BU RHP Dillon Newman (2-1, 2.86 ERA) vs. WVU LHP John Means (4-1, 1.45 ERA).