April 22, 2014
WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball earned its second straight win in a 4-3 decision over Texas State on Tuesday evening at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (19-21) received a career-best start from Drew Tolson to help win their fifth game over the Bobcats (22-18) in their last six tries.
Trailing 3-2, Baylor tied the game up thanks to the speed of Logan Brown. The junior singled with one out in the sixth and then put his best weapon to use. With Lawton Langford up, Brown stole second on a wild pitch and kept going to third as the ball kicked away. TSU's catcher tried getting the speedster but his throw went into left field to allow Brown to score and tie the game.
Meanwhile, Tolson regrouped after three BU errors helped the Bobcats take the early lead. Tolson retired the last two hitters of the third inning and sent TSU down in order in four straight frames - a streak of 14 batters - before giving way to Doug Ashby to start the eighth.
But before Ashby took over, the Bears scored a run to put Tolson in line for a much-deserved win. Duncan Wendel led off the seventh with a blooper to right field that was perfectly placed for a double. Matt Menard followed with a sacrifice bunt and reliever Dylan Bein threw the ball into right field foul territory to allow pinch-runner Lane Kelly to score from second.
The costly error was all Baylor needed as Ashby induced a double play to erase a leadoff single in the eighth. After giving up a two-out double, Ashby was relieved by Josh Michalec, who struck out Austin O'Neal to end the threat. Michalec then worked a perfect ninth to record his 15th save, tying him with Zane Carlson (2000) for the BU single-season saves record.
Tolson (2-4) earned his second straight win as he allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits and no walk with six strikeouts in seven innings. His inning and strikeout totals set new career highs after he had established career-bests in each category in his previous start with five innings and four strikeouts.
*Baylor is 17-4 at Baylor Ballpark this season, which is its best start at home since 2012.
*Baylor leads the all-time series against Texas State 49-19 overall, 35-14 under Steve Smith, 36-14 in Waco and 12-5 in San Marcos. The Bears have won five of the last six meetings.
*Baylor is 146-57 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference, and 2-1 this season as the two prior games were against UT Arlington.
*Baylor is 8-3 in one-run games this season.
*As a starting pitcher this season, Drew Tolson is 2-1 with a 2.51 ERA in three starts as he's given up six runs (four earned) on 12 hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. In his last start, he earned his first collegiate win as he threw a career-high five innings and struck out a career-high four batters while giving up just three hits, no runs and no walks on April 15 vs. Texas Southern. Versus Texas State, he raised his career high innings and strikeouts to seven and six, respectively.
*Matt Menard has reached base in seven straight games.
*Adam Toth has reached base in season-high-tying six straight games and has a four-game hitting streak.
*Lawton Langford extended his hitting streak to five games to tie his season-high and has reached base in each of his last six.
*Darryn Sheppard has a three-game hitting streak - his first since having a hit in the first four games of the season.
*Adam Toth is 26-for-79 in his last 21 games for a .329 batting average. During the stretch, he has 15 runs scored, 11 RBI, three doubles, two triples, two homers and four steals. Overall, he has a team-leading 11 multi-hit games and is tied for second on the team with three multi-RBI games. His 18 RBI this season tied his career high from 2012.
*Josh Michalec picked up his 15th save of the season and career as he is now 15-for-16 in save chances after converting his first 11 attempts. He entered the week ranked third in the NCAA in saves. He's closed out 15 of Baylor's 19 wins with eight of the saves coming in multi-inning efforts. He's now tied with Zane Carlson (2000) for first place on Baylor's single-season saves list and tied for sixth on the Big 12 single-season saves list with Carlson and Huston Street (Texas, 2003).
STAT OF THE GAME
14 - The amount hitters in a row that Drew Tolson retired to end his outing.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"They key was the third inning. We were really bad behind [Drew Tolson] and he was able to limit the damage there. Then after that, we played better behind him and he got some strikeouts. I questioned him in the second inning on the pitch he gave up the run on. He threw a 3-2 fastball to their eight-hole guy with a base open. He's so used to just throwing strikes and pitching to contact, that's just not when you want to pitch to contact. You want a strikeout there or a ball four. I think he's learning and I think he was engaged in the game and working counts. That's the way he has to be, he has to be a very cerebral guy and know how to pitch. I know he has the ability to do it. He has command of three different pitches and is learning a fourth. He lacks velocity right now coming off of surgery, but I really think he'll gain velocity over the next couple of years. He has such good pitch ability, though, that he doesn't necessarily need velocity."
- BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor and Texas State play in San Marcos tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN3 before the Bears welcome Kansas to Baylor Ballpark this weekend.