April 11, 2014
DALLAS - Baylor baseball lost the split series opener at Dallas Baptist 12-8 on Friday night at Horner Ballpark. The decision ended the Bears' (15-18) six-game winning streak over the Patriots (24-9).
BU jumped out to a great start as Grayson Porter battled in an 11-pitch at-bat to launch a two-run home run over the left field fence. However, DBU countered with 12 unanswered runs over the first five innings.
In the first, the Patriots scored three runs on four walks and two infield singles. KJ Alexander added three more runs in the third on a three-run homer. In the fourth, a leadoff walk and one-out double led to a pair of runs. The scoring for DBU was capped in the fifth with four runs on five hits.
Baylor responded in the sixth with an RBI from Matt Menard on a fielder's choice ground out. Then in the seventh, BU plated five runs to cut into the deficit but was unable to do any more damage after. Logan Brown started the rally with a bunt single and Lawton Langford walked to follow. Pinch-hitter Hayden Ross hit an infield single on the next play to load the bases for Adam Toth. After a wild pitch scored Brown, Toth ripped a two-run single. An out later, Duncan Wendel single in another run. Menard capped the scoring with a two-out RBI double off the left field wall.
DBU starter Paul Voelker earned the win (6-2) after allowing three runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Josh Urban picked up his first save after throwing three innings of one-run ball. BU starter Brad Kuntz (4-1) took his first loss of the season as he surrendered eight runs on six hits and six walks with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings during an uncharacteristic outing.
*Baylor's triple play in the seventh inning marked its first since Feb. 28, 2009, vs. UCLA. With runners on first and second a liner was hit to Lawton Langford at second and he threw to Hayden Ross for a force at second and Ross threw to Mitch Price for a force at first.
*Baylor leads the all-time series vs. Dallas Baptist 45-22 overall, 10-7 in Dallas, 33-15 in Waco and 16-8 under Steve Smith. The Bears' six-game winning streak in the series was snapped.
*Baylor is 50-25 all-time vs. current members of the Missouri Valley Conference and now 0-1 this season.
*Logan Brown extended his season-high on-base streak to nine games and set a season high hitting streak with his fourth straight game with a hit.
*Grayson Porter's first-inning home run was his third of the season and eighth of his career. The two RBI moved him into the team lead with 14.
*Duncan Wendel extended his on-base streak to six games, one shy of tying his career long streak from earlier this season.
*Adam Toth is 18-for-52 (.346) over his last 14 games. During the stretch he has eight runs scored, seven RBI, two doubles, one triple, one homer and one steal.
STAT OF THE GAME
3 - The amount outs Baylor recorded on one play in the seventh inning.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Baylor and Dallas Baptist finish the split series tomorrow with a doubleheader at Baylor Ballpark. The first game is set for 3 p.m. CT and the second will begin an hour after completion of the first game. The scheduled pitching matchups are BU RHP Austin Stone (3-3, 2.22 ERA) vs. DBU RHP Cy Sneed (5-1, 2.01 ERA) for the first game and the finale will feature BU RHP Dillon Newman (3-2, 2.68 ERA) vs. DBU RHP Cory Taylor (2-1, 3.15 ERA).