April 26, 2014
(25-20, 8-9 Big 12)
(19-24, 5-11 Big 12)
WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball was doomed by Kansas' six-run second inning in a 10-2 loss on Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark. The second straight setback to the Jayhawks (25-20, 8-9 Big 12) marked the end of the Bears' (19-24, 5-11 Big 12) 11-series winning streak at home in Big 12 play.
An uncharacteristic inning for BU starter Dillon Newman saw the Jayhawks rack up six runs on seven hits in the second. Connor McKay and Ka'iana Eldredge delivered the big hits in the frame as both had two-run singles.
The Bears answered in the bottom half as Logan Brown grounded out to score Grayson Porter after a leadoff single. But BU was only able to muster one more run against the Kansas staff as Mitch Price had a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh.
Kansas also tacked on three runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to keep any idea of a comeback from happening.
KU starter Robert Kahana (3-5) earned the win after allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings. Newman (3-3) took the loss, surrendering nine runs (six earned) on 10 hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.
*Baylor players and coaches shaved their heads following the game in support of the VS. Cancer Foundation's fight against childhood cancer. BU's goal is to raise $5,000 and the team has raised over $2,600 thus far. To donate, visit http://baylor.vs-cancer.org/.
*Baylor's streak of 11 straight series wins at home in Big 12 play came to an end.
*Baylor leads the all-time series against Kansas 45-15 overall, 40-15 under Steve Smith and 24-5 in Waco. Last season, the Jayhawks swept BU for the first time ever on May 3-5, 2013, in Lawrence, Kansas. With KU locking up the series win, BU has now won 13 of the 18 all-time Big 12 series between the teams. The only other time KU had won a series in Waco was March 26-28, 2010.
*Baylor is 17-6 at Baylor Ballpark this season, which is its best record at home since 2012.
*Baylor is 7-10 this season in TV games with six of the seven wins and 11 of the 17 games being vs. ranked opponents. Since 2011, BU is 24-22 in TV games. The Bears are 54-63 all-time in TV games.
*Grayson Porter has reached base in four straight games and has a hit in each of his last three.
*Hayden Ross had his first career multi-hit game as he was 2-for-4.
STAT OF THE GAME
$1,100 - The amount money raised by Baylor from the beginning of the game until after shaving heads postgame.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"I credit Dillon [Newman] for competing like he did and getting us as deep in the game as he did. We are facing adversity unlike we've had in a while. It is what it is. I really appreciate the crowd. They were with it, and I appreciate that."
- BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor and Kansas finish the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT on FOX College Sports. The scheduled pitching matchup is BU LHP Daniel Castano (5-1, 2.27 ERA) vs. KU RHP Frank Duncan (4-2, 2.09 ERA).