April 25, 2014
WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball was frustrated by an outstanding pitching effort from Kansas' Jordan Piche' in a 1-0 loss on Friday night at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (19-23, 5-10 Big 12) mustered just one hit and four base runners against the Jayhawks (24-20, 7-9 Big 12).
Baylor had two scoring chances and failed to take advantage each time. The first came in the first inning after Lawton Langford led off with a single. Brett Doe's sacrifice bunt put him at second base, but Adam Toth grounded to shortstop and Duncan Wendel had a fly out to right.
In the sixth, Langford again reached base - this time via walk - with one out. He then stole second but Doe lined out to second and Toth grounded out to second to end the threat.
Kansas won the game in the ninth off BU reliever Josh Michalec. With one out, Michalec hit Aaron Hernandez with a pitch. With Ka'iana Eldredge up, Michalec tried a pick-off move but his throw was wide left and went into right field foul territory to allow Hernandez to reach third base. Eldredge followed with a single up the middle for the winning hit and run.
Piche' (5-5) earned the win as he gave up just one hit and two walks with five strikeouts in nine shutout innings. BU starter Brad Kuntz took a no-decision after six scoreless frames while allowing three hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Michalec (0-4) took the loss, surrendering a run on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings.
*Baylor leads the all-time series against Kansas 45-14 overall, 40-14 under Steve Smith and 24-4 in Waco. Last season, the Jayhawks swept BU for the first time ever on May 3-5, 2013, in Lawrence, Kansas. BU has won 13 of the 17 all-time Big 12 series between the teams. The only time KU has won a series in Waco was March 26-28, 2010. Prior to the game, March 28, 2010, was the last time KU won a game in Waco as the Bears had won three straight at home in the series. BU has swept KU nine times in Big 12 play.
*Baylor is 17-5 at Baylor Ballpark this season, which is its best record at home since 2012.
*Baylor has won 11 straight series at home in Big 12 play.
*Baylor is 8-4 in one-run games this season.
*Baylor is 7-9 this season in TV games with six of the seven wins and 11 of the 16 games being vs. ranked opponents. Since 2011, BU is 24-21 in TV games. The Bears are 54-62 all-time in TV games.
*Matt Menard's career-high-tying eight-game on-base streak came to an end.
*Darryn Sheppard's season-high-tying four-game hitting streak ended.
*Brett Doe has reached base in three straight games.
STAT OF THE GAME
3 - The amount runners Baylor left on base.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"They didn't do anything to really lose the game and we didn't do anything to win the game. I thought Brad [Kuntz] - I've been sitting in the dugout watching games for a long time - and I don't think I've seen a guy that far off of what he normally is velocity-wise, and not be hurt, and be that good. He was incredibly effective. He might have learned more tonight about how to pitch than from all the rest of the games combined. This was a game about who blinked first. We hit a guy and threw a pickoff away, and that's how you lose games like this."
- BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor and Kansas continue the series tomorrow at 3 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Plus and Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX College Sports. The scheduled pitching matchups are BU RHP Dillon Newman (3-2, 3.10 ERA) vs. KU RHP Robert Kahana (2-4, 2.90 ERA) on Saturday and BU LHP Daniel Castano (5-1, 2.27 ERA) vs. KU RHP Frank Duncan (4-2, 2.09 ERA) on Sunday.