April 15, 2014
WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball earned a 1-0 win over Texas Southern on Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears' (17-19) victory against the Tigers (16-22) was fueled by stellar pitching from Drew Tolson, Nick Lewis and Josh Michalec.
West Tunnell led off the game with a triple and Baylor immediately cashed in. On the next play, Brett Doe roped a single to score the game's lone run and it was all the support the Bears' pitching staff needed.
In his second career start, Tolson (1-4) was as sharp as ever, setting career highs of five innings pitched and four strikeouts. He gave up just three hits and did not allow a walk en route to earning his first collegiate win.
Lewis took over in the sixth and was just as sharp. He established career highs of three innings pitched and four strikeouts as the lone runner he allowed on base came on a walk.
Michalec closed the door in the ninth for his 13th save with a perfect inning and one strikeout.
Taking the loss was TSU starter Ryan Rios (2-5), who allowed the one run on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 7.1 innings.
*Baylor is 16-4 at Baylor Ballpark this season, which is the best start at home for the program since 2012. All three shutouts BU has had this season have all come at home (March 8 vs. No. 3 Cal State Fullerton, March 14 vs. No. 23 Texas Tech, April 15 vs. Texas Southern).
*Baylor leads the all-time series vs. Texas Southern 9-0, and all nine games have been played in Waco. Prior to this game, the teams' last meeting was in 2008 as the series' first game was in 2004.
*Baylor 15-0 all-time vs. current members of the Southwest Athletic Conference.
*Drew Tolson set career highs of five innings pitched and four strikeouts in his second career start. He only gave up three hits and did not allow a walk in recording his first collegiate win.
*Nick Lewis set career highs of three relief innings pitched and four strikeouts while giving up a walk and no hits.
*Duncan Wendel extended his career-high on-base streak to nine games but his three-game hitting streak came to a close.
*West Tunnell extended his career-high on-base streak to eight games. He also led off the game with his first career triple. On the day, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored, single, triple and two stolen bases to tie a career high. He now has five multi-hit games this season.
*Mitch Price has reached base in four straight games.
*Josh Michalec picked up his 13th save of the season and career as he is now 13-for-14 in save chances after converting his first 11 attempts. He entered the week ranked second in the NCAA in saves. He's closed out 13 of Baylor's 17 wins with seven of the saves coming in multi-inning efforts.
STAT OF THE GAME
2 - The amount hits and amount of steals that West Tunnell had in the game.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"I've liked what I've seen out of [Drew Tolson] the last couple of times. He threw really well in relief at DBU the other night, and I was glad to see that we could still throw him again tonight. It was kind of a quick turn around, but he was sharp. So far, he seems to get a little better the longer you leave him out there. We're still talking about someone who's coming back from a Tommy John surgery. I would say, counting intrasquads and everything, he might have thrown 30 innings. He doesn't have a lot of innings building his arm back up. I think there is a lot of good still left in him. He has great command, he can sink the ball, and he can change speeds. I think as he gets stronger, we'll see more of him."
- BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor travels to Manhattan, Kan., to face Kansas State in a three-game Big 12 series this weekend. Games are slated for 6:30 p.m. CT Thursday and Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday.