April 8, 2014
SAM HOUSTON STATE
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Baylor baseball lost 4-3 at Sam Houston State on Tuesday evening at Don Sanders Stadium. The Bears (15-17) held a 3-2 lead until it slipped away in the seventh as the Bearkats (22-11) rallied with two outs.
Baylor starter Daniel Castano was sharp once again and left with the lead but the Bears were unable to hold it. SHSU scratched a run off Castano in the second on a double by Luke Plucheck and in the fourth on a two-out single by Plucheck.
However, Baylor rallied for three runs in the top of the fourth to grab the lead. The frame started with Duncan Wendel reaching on an error. After a sacrifice bunt by Adam Toth and single by Aaron Dodson, Darryn Sheppard drove in a run on a grounder to third. The ball looked to be a potential double play ball but the throw to second went into right field to allow Dodson to move to third. On the next play, Brett Doe drove him in on a sac fly. Then Sheppard stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and after a West Tunnell walk, stole home on a double steal with the throw going to second and back home but not in time.
Sean Spicer took over in the seventh for Baylor and got the first two outs quickly. But then he gave up two straight singles to force Doug Ashby into the game. Ashby got a grounder to shortstop but the ball had a lot of spin and wasn't handled cleanly by Doe to load the bases. Carter Burgess followed with a crushing blow on a two-run double that proved to be the game-winning hit.
In the ninth, Toth led off with a single and stole second on Dodson's swinging strikeout. However, Toth was called out as Dodson interfered with the throw to second. On the next play, Sheppard singled to left before Doe grounded to second to end the game.
SHSU starter Dylan Ebbs (3-0) earned the win as he gave up three unearned runs on two hits and three walks in 6.1 innings. Alan Scott picked up his third save in 1.2 scoreless frames. Spicer (0-1) took the loss after giving up two unearned runs on two hits in 0.2 innings. Castano took a no-decision after throwing six innings while surrendering two runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
*Baylor leads the all-time series vs. Sam Houston State 60-41 overall, 13-6 under Steve Smith and the series is now tied 26-26 in Huntsville.
*Baylor is now 4-1 against the Southland Conference this season and 205-112-1 overall against current members of the league. The Bears have already topped Lamar, Houston Baptist and Incarnate Word (twice) earlier this season.
*Baylor is now 5-3 in midweek games this season.
*Baylor is now 6-3 in one-run games this season.
*Logan Brown extended his season-high on-base streak to eight games and now has a season-high-tying three-game hitting streak.
*Duncan Wendel extended his on-base streak to five games but his four-game hitting streak came to a close at one shy of tying his career high.
*West Tunnell extended his career-high on-base streak to five games.
*Darryn Sheppard's steal of home in the fourth inning was the first for Baylor since Adam Toth did so on April 28, 2012, vs. New Mexico State.
*Daniel Castano has yet to give up more than three runs in a start this season. In his first five collegiate starts, he is 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA while allowing eight runs (five earned) on 21 hits and seven walks with 13 strikeouts in 26.2 innings.
STAT OF THE GAME
5 - The amount of career starts Daniel Castano has and the amount of starts he's held opponents to three runs or less.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"The guys played hard, we pitched it well and really competed. It's a tough one to lose for all those reasons. I thought Daniel [Castano] pitched really well. They are a good offensive team. They have some very productive, veteran hitters. He managed it extremely well. He made it look pretty workman like." - BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor has on off week from Big 12 play as it will play a split series with Dallas Baptist this weekend. Games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT in Dallas on Friday, 3 p.m. in Waco on Saturday and 2 p.m. in Waco on Sunday.