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Baseball's Rallies Fall Short in Loss to West Virginia

Cal Towey went 2-for-4 with two RBI against WVU.

April 5, 2013


(17-13, 4-3 Big 12) Rank: NR
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
0 0 0 0 6 0 0 2 1 9 12 2
0 0 0 0 1 0 5 1 1 8 10 3

Final Stats |  Quotes

Highlights | Postgame

Waco, Texas • Attendance: 3,040

(14-16, 3-3 Big 12) Rank: NR
Runs 9 8
AB 35 37
Hits 12 10
RBI 8 6
BB 3 8
SO 8 6
LOB 7 13

Tuntland 3 H 2 Three
Two 1 2B 1 Orf
Boyd 1 3B 1 Towey
None -- HR -- None
Two 2 RBI 2 Towey
Three 2 R 2 Two
Three 1 SB -- None

W - Paul (2-3) 2.2 5 2 1 1 3
L - Michalec (3-2) 0.1 3 2 1 0 0

Notes: Baylor fell to 6-1 when scoring six or more runs this season and 263-52 (.838) all-time when doing so ... Baylor is 3-2 on current season-long 11-game home stand ... Baylor overcame its largest deficit of the season after being down 6-0 ... Baylor is one of three (OU, OSU) Big 12 teams yet to lose a conference series this season ... Baylor is now 250-186 all-time in Big 12 play ... Nathan Orf has reached base in 28 of 30 games and has a season-high 12-game hitting streak, his second 10-game streak of the season ... Lawton Langford has reached base in 21 straight games, the longest such streak for Baylor this season ... Cal Towey now has a nine-game hitting streak ... Logan Brown has now reached base in 10 straight games ... Baylor is 8-9 at home this season, had its three-game home winning streak snapped, and is 342-143 all-time at Baylor Ballpark.

WACO, Texas- An exciting game of rallies ended in a 9-8 loss for Baylor to West Virginia in the teams' first-ever meeting. The setback on Friday evening at Baylor Ballpark ended the Bears' (14-16, 3-3 Big 12) three-game winning streak and extended the Mountaineers' (17-13, 4-3 Big 12) winning streak to eight.

A game that was a pitcher's duel through four innings quickly turned into an offensive-minded game. BU starter Dillon Newman gave up a leadoff double to start the game, but retired the next 12 hitters with seven strikeouts. Similarly, WVU starter Harrison Musgrave scattered three hits in his first four innings.

Things turned in a hurry to start the fifth, though. WVU mounted two straight singles, and after a sacrifice bunt, executed a successful squeeze bunt to score the game's first run. Another bunt followed and led to Newman fielding and throwing the ball into right field foul territory to score another run. Then Bobby Boyd delivered a two-run triple and WVU hit three more singles to score two runs, chasing Newman from the game with a 6-0 deficit while giving him his shortest start and most runs given up all season.

Baylor answered in the bottom half of the fifth on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Lawton Langford before unleashing a furious rally of its own in the seventh.

Nate Goodwin started the rally with a walk, and an out later, he scored on a Cal Towey triple. Following walks by Nathan Orf and Langford, Grayson Porter walked in a run. Toth backed it up with an RBI single. Pinch-hitter Duncan Wendel then tied the game as his grounder to third was mishandled, allowing two runs to score to tie the game. But with the go-ahead run at third and another potential run at second and one out, WVU reliever Pascal Paul entered the game to strikeout pinch-hitter Mitch Price and Logan Brown.

The Mountaineers immediately responded in the eighth off Josh Michalec, who gave up a single, stolen base and single to put WVU ahead 7-6. A costly run then scored on a steal of third base as Brett Doe's throw sailed to left field, giving WVU an 8-6 lead.

Baylor bounced back with a two-out single by Porter in the bottom of the eighth, scoring Orf after a one-out double. However, WVU negated it with a run in the ninth off Doug Ashby on a bases-loaded sac fly.

Again, the Bears fought back as they loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Towey had first crack at tying the game, or even winning it, and made a productive out on a sac fly to center, moving the tying run to third. But after drawing a 3-0 count, Orf hit a 3-1 pitch to short and was thrown out by half a step at first to end the game.

"It is hard to talk about this game because of how awful we played tonight," said BU Head Coach Steve Smith. "They didn't play particularly well either, but they did enough to win."

Paul (2-3) earned the win, allowing two runs (one earned) in 2.2 innings on five hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Michalec (3-2) took the loss after giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits in 0.1 innings.

The teams continue the series tomorrow at 3:05 p.m. CT and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Saturday's pitching matchup presents BU RHP Max Garner (1-3, 4.15 ERA) against WVU RHP Corey Walter (2-2, 4.01 ERA) while Sunday has WVU LHP John Means (3-1, 1.86 ERA) against BU's starter that has yet to be announced.




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