April 17, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan.- Baylor baseball fell 8-2 in the series opener at Kansas State on Thursday night at Tointon Family Stadium. The Bears (17-20, 4-8 Big 12) were clinging to a 2-1 lead until the Wildcats (21-17, 3-7 Big 12) rallied for five runs in the sixth inning to take control.
Baylor began the game with a two-out single by Adam Toth that turned into a run. After Duncan Wendel followed with an infield single, he started to steal second and intentionally got caught in a rundown. While Wendel was being chased, Toth broke for home and crossed the plate before Wendel was tagged out.
In the third, Logan Brown singled with one out, stole second and came around to score on Lawton Langford's single through the right side. Unfortunately, it was the last run the Bears scored as K-State tallied eight unanswered runs to win the game.
The first run came in the fourth on an RBI ground out, and then came the costly sixth inning. After Brad Kuntz gave up a pair of singles to begin the inning, Max Brown laid down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by Kuntz. With his momentum going toward third base, Kuntz spun and threw to third for a force but the throw was high and sailed into left field foul territory, scoring a run and moving both runners into scoring position.
Baylor brought in Sean Spicer to help limit the damage, and he nearly escaped. He struck out the first two batters to keep the game tied, 2-2. But Ross Kivett roped a 3-2 pitch for a two-run single and the flood gates opened. R.J. Santigate hit an infield RBI single on the next play and Austin Fisher followed with an RBI double to cap the inning.
K-State added two insurance runs in the seventh as Brown hit a two-run homer off Bobby McCormack.
Earning the win for K-State was starter Levi MaVorhis (5-4), who allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk in eight innings. Kuntz (4-2) took the loss after giving up four runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in five-plus innings.
*Baylor leads the all-time series against K-State 41-20 overall, 40-19 under Steve Smith and 13-12 in Manhattan. Baylor has won each of the last three series between the teams and 14 of the 17 Big 12 regular season series. The three series wins for the Wildcats all have been in Manhattan. K-State's last series win over BU came April 16-18, 2010. The Wildcats' other series wins came in 2002 and 2006.
*Baylor is 482-539-4 against current members of the Big 12 Conference and holds a 263-202 all-time record in Big 12 regular season play.
*Baylor is 6-7 this season in TV games with all six wins and 11 of the 13 games being vs. ranked teams. Since 2011, BU is 23-19 in TV games. The Bears are 53-60 all-time in TV games.
*Duncan Wendel extended his career-high on-base streak to 10 games.
*West Tunnell extended his career-high on-base streak to nine games.
*Matt Menard extended his hitting streak to a career-high-tying four games.
*Aaron Dodson and Brett Doe have each reached base in four straight games.
*Adam Toth is 21-for-68 in his last 18 games for a .309 batting average. During the stretch, he has 11 runs scored, nine RBI, two doubles, one triple, one homer and four steals. Overall, he has a team-leading nine multi-hit games and is tied for second on the team with three multi-RBI games.
STAT OF THE GAME
2 - The amount strikeouts Baylor batters had, and both came in the bottom of the ninth.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"Guys are honestly trying to do too much on that play [in the sixth inning on the sacrifice bunt.] It's just a play you take an out on and go to the next guy. That play on the defensive side, and give [Ross] Kivett credit for the hit off [Sean] Spicer. This game is what it is on the scoreboard but it turned on just a couple pitches."
- BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor and Kansas State finish the series with games tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. CT and Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. The slated pitching matchups for the rest of the series are BU RHP Dillon Newman (3-2, 2.74 ERA) vs. KSU LHP Jordan Floyd (0-1, 4.05 ERA) and BU LHP Daniel Castano (4-1, 2.72 ERA) vs. KSU RHP Nate Griep (3-2, 3.12 ERA).