April 12, 2014
WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball won the second game of a doubleheader, 7-4, over Dallas Baptist on Saturday night at Baylor Ballpark. The win for the Bears (16-19) salvaged the finale of a split series with the Patriots (25-10).
Trailing 2-0 after a two-run DBU first inning, Baylor scratched a run in the fourth on an Aaron Dodson double and poured on six runs in the sixth to take control of the game for good.
The BU sixth started with Dodson reaching on a swinging strikeout wild pitch. Mitch Price followed with a double and Grayson Porter scored Dodson on a sacrifice fly. After a Matt Menard walk and DBU pitching change, Brett Doe delivered the go-ahead hit. Following a West Tunnell HBP and another DBU pitching change, Adam Toth ripped a two-out, two-run single to break the game open. Then Duncan Wendel added on with another RBI single and he and Toth pulled off a double steal to score the sixth run of the frame.
DBU loaded the bases in the seventh and scored two runs, but the comeback bid was halted by closer Josh Michalec. The senior stepped on the mound, got the final two outs of the seventh and didn't give the Patriots much of a chance in the eighth or ninth.
Earning the win in relief for BU was Daniel Castano (4-1). BU starter Dillon Newman took a no-decision after allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk with six strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Michalec gathered his 12th save of the season as he allowed just a walk in 2.2 innings. DBU starter Cory Taylor (2-2) took the loss after surrendering four runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
*Baylor is 15-4 at Baylor Ballpark this season, which is the best start at home for the program since 2012.
*Baylor leads the all-time series vs. Dallas Baptist 46-23 overall, 10-7 in Dallas, 34-16 in Waco and 17-9 under Steve Smith. The Bears' six-game winning streak in the series was snapped yesterday.
*Baylor is 51-26 all-time vs. current members of the Missouri Valley Conference and now 1-2 this season.
*Prior to the series, Baylor was 2-0 in split series since 2012. The last time BU lost a split series was April 15-17, 2011, vs. Texas A&M.
*Baylor is 17-9 in doubleheaders since 2009.
*Duncan Wendel extended his on-base streak to a career-high eight and now has a three-game hitting streak. His multi-hit game marked the eighth of the season, the second most on the team.
*West Tunnell extended his career-high on-base streak to seven games.
*Matt Menard now has a three-game hitting streak.
*Aaron Dodson's multi-hit game was his fourth of the season.
*Adam Toth is 20-for-61 (.328) over his last 16 games. During the stretch he has 10 runs scored, nine RBI, two doubles, one triple, one homer and two steal. He also stole home in the sixth inning for the second time in his career. He first did so on April 28, 2012, vs. New Mexico State. The steal of home was Baylor's second this week on a double steal as Darryn Sheppard did it on Tuesday at Sam Houston State. His multi-hit game was his team-leading ninth of the season and his multi-RBI game was his third of the season to move into a tie for second on the team.
*Josh Michalec picked up his 12th save of the season and career as he is now 12-for-13 in save chances after converting his first 11 attempts. He entered the weekend ranked third in the NCAA in saves. He's closed out 12 of Baylor's 16 wins with seven of the saves coming in multi-inning efforts.
STAT OF THE GAME
6 - The amount runs Baylor scored in the sixth inning to take the lead and win the game.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"I thought [Brett Doe] had the best game at shortstop that anyone has had for us in a really long time. Brett Doe deserves a lot of credit, he had a ton of tough plays and he played confidently. He got charged with that error [in the eighth inning on a controversial play at first base], but he played extremely, extremely well at a time when he hadn't been playing well. That is really the mark of who you are as a person, how you respond, and he responded in a very obvious way in the last game today."
- BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor hosts Texas Southern on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT before traveling to Kansas State for next weekend's three-game series and return to Big 12 play.