April 23, 2014
SAN MARCOS, Texas- Baylor baseball dropped a 2-0 game to Texas State on Wednesday night at Bobcat Ballpark. The Bears (19-22) were unable to overcome the Bobcats' (23-18) two-run eighth.
In a pitcher's duel type of game, Baylor came up on the wrong end as the Bears struggled to get out of the eighth inning. After Nick Lewis allowed a leadoff single, Doug Ashby took over on the mound and got a swinging strikeout but the runner stole second. Pinch-hitter Cameron Friess then hit an RBI single to center to put Texas State ahead. An out and stolen base later, Tyler Pearson delivered a two-out RBI single for insurance.
The Bears put the tying run at the plate in the ninth as Darryn Sheppard had a two-out single, but Aaron Dodson grounded out to second to end the game.
In his first start of the season, Sean Spicer had a career-high six strikeouts in four scoreless innings as he allowed just three hits and no walks. Lewis (1-1) took the loss despite a quality outing, surrendering a run on one hit and two walks with two strikeouts in three innings.
*Baylor leads the all-time series against Texas State 49-20 overall, 35-15 under Steve Smith, 36-14 in Waco and 12-6 in San Marcos. The Bears had won five of the last six meetings prior to the game.
*Baylor is 146-58 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference, and 2-2 this season as the two prior games were against UT Arlington.
*In his first start of the season, Sean Spicer set a career-high with six strikeouts.
*Nick Lewis tied a career-high with three innings pitched.
*Matt Menard has reached base in eight straight games to tie a career-high streak from earlier this season.
*Adam Toth's season-high-tying six-game on-base streak came to a close as well as his four-game hitting streak.
*Lawton Langford's season-high-tying five-game hitting streak came to an end, as did his six-game on-base streak.
*Darryn Sheppard has a four-game hitting streak, tying his season-high streak to start the season.
*Logan Brown has a hit in each of his last three games.
*Adam Toth is 26-for-83 in his last 22 games for a .313 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.
STAT OF THE GAME
6 - The amount strikeouts that Sean Spicer had to set a new career high.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"Sean Spicer was exceptional. We defended it fairly decently. We made a couple of errors but [Spicer and Nick Lewis] both overcame it. Neither club swung the bats particularly well tonight. You have to give credit to the pitchers today."
- BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor hosts Kansas this weekend in Big 12 play. Games at Baylor Ballpark are set for 6:30 p.m. CT Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.