April 18, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan.- Baylor baseball suffered a tough 6-4 loss in the series middle game at Kansas State on Friday night at Tointon Family Stadium. The Wildcats (22-17, 4-7 Big 12) clinched the series win over the Bears (17-21, 4-9 Big 12) thanks to a pair of runs in the eighth inning.
Trailing 1-0, Baylor took a 2-1 lead in the third inning. The frame started with consecutive singles from Darryn Sheppard and Brett Doe. With Ben Carl up, Doe stole second, and Carl delivered an RBI single to left field that KSU's Shane Conlon misplayed to allow another run to score on the play.
K-State answered right away as Ross Kivett led off the bottom of the third with a solo home run. A few plays later, Tyler Stover hit a two-out RBI single to put the Wildcats back on top, 3-2.
Adam Toth responded similarly in the fourth by leading off with an opposite field solo home run to tie the game, 3-3.
After spoiling a scoring chance in the fifth, Baylor fell behind again in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Austin Fisher.
Again, Toth answered for the Bears by leading off the sixth with a triple, and he scored on Matt Menard's sacrifice fly to tie the game, 4-4.
Both teams missed on scoring chances in the seventh and BU missed again in the eighth, but K-State cashed in on a close play in the eighth. With the bases loaded, two outs and Doug Ashby on the mound, Blair DeBord hit a high chopper ground ball up the middle that was fielded by Lawton Langford behind the bag at second. He quickly gathered and made a long throw to first that Aaron Dodson caught with a good stretch, but DeBord slid headfirst just ahead of the throw. While Dodson looked back at the umpire in shock by the safe call, another run came across to make it a 6-4 K-State lead, and the Bears had no answer in the ninth.
Jake Matthys (2-2) earned the win for K-State in relief, allowing two walks while striking out two in 1.1 innings. Ashby (1-2) took the loss after giving up two runs on three hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. BU starter Dillon Newman took a no-decision in a gutsy outing as he allowed only four runs on 10 hits and one walk with three strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
*Baylor leads the all-time series against K-State 41-21 overall, 40-20 under Steve Smith and is 13-13 in Manhattan. Prior to this series, Baylor had won each of the last three series between the teams and 14 of the 17 Big 12 regular season series. The four series wins for the Wildcats all have been in Manhattan. Before this series, 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 482-540-4 against current members of the Big 12 Conference and holds a 263-203 all-time record in Big 12 regular season play.
*Duncan Wendel extended his career-high on-base streak to 11 games.
*West Tunnell's career-high nine-game on base streak came to a close.
*Matt Menard extended his on-base streak to five games but his career-high-tying four-game hitting streak came to a close.
*Adam Toth and Lawton Langford have reached base in four straight games.
*Lawton Langford notched his sixth multi-hit game of the season.
*Brett Doe extended his hitting streak to four games. His career-high three-hit game marked his fourth multi-hit game this season.
*Adam Toth's opposite field homer in the fourth inning was his second of the season and third of his career. His first career long ball came in 2012. In addition to his career-high homer total this season he also has a career-high four triples and his 17 RBI are one shy of tying his career high from 2012.
*Adam Toth is 23-for-72 in his last 19 games for a .319 batting average. During the stretch, he has 13 runs scored, 10 RBI, two doubles, two triples, two homers and four steals. Overall, he has a team-leading 10 multi-hit games and is tied for second on the team with three multi-RBI games.
STAT OF THE GAME
7 - The amount times the game was tied or the lead changed hands.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"I thought we competed really well. We had chances but when you're not scoring a lot of runs, the little things matter. Both teams played hard and played well. I have to give credit to Kansas State and their crowd. Their kids played for their crowd."
- BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor and Kansas State finish the series tomorrow at 7 p.m. CT on ESPNU. The slated pitching matchup is BU LHP Daniel Castano (4-1, 2.72 ERA) vs. KSU RHP Nate Griep (3-2, 3.12 ERA).