April 29, 2014
WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball lost a 4-2 decision to Sam Houston State on Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (19-26) were unable to hang onto an early 2-0 lead as the Bearkats (31-14) scored three in the third to take control.
Baylor started the game on the right foot as Hayden Ross and Adam Toth had back-to-back one-out singles. Toth moved into second base on the throw to third and Grayson Porter followed with an RBI ground out to move both runners. After an Aaron Dodson walks, Toth stole home with Duncan Wendel at the plate as Dodson attempted to steal second and drew a throw.
In the second, SHSU chipped into the lead with a leadoff double and bunt single that scored a run after a throwing error to first base. Then the Bearkats grabbed the lead in the third as Carter Burgess delivered a two-out, two-run double. On the next play, Corey Toups hit a grounder to shortstop but the throw was lost in the sun and sailed into foul territory to allow the last run of the game to score.
The Bears had chances in the third, fifth, sixth and eighth innings but came up empty each time.
Dylan Ebbs (3-0) earned the win for SHSU after allowing two runs on nine hits and one walk with three strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Ryan Brinley threw a perfect ninth for his sixth save. BU starter Drew Tolson (2-5) took a tough loss, surrendering four runs (two earned) on seven hits and no walks with three strikeouts in five innings. Bobby McCormack finished the game for the Bears in relief with a career-high four innings and seven strikeouts while allowing just two hits and no walks.
*Baylor is 4-2 against the Southland Conference this season and 205-113-1 overall against current members of the league. The Bears topped Lamar, Houston Baptist and Incarnate Word (twice) earlier this season before losing to Sam Houston State on April 8 and tonight.
*Baylor is 60-42 all-time against Sam Houston State, 34-16 in Waco and 13-7 under Steve Smith.
*Baylor is 17-8 at Baylor Ballpark this season, which is its best record at home since 2012.
*As a starting pitcher this season, Drew Tolson is 2-2 with a 2.79 ERA in four starts as he's given up 10 runs (six earned) on 19 hits and two walks with 14 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.
*Grayson Porter has reached base in six straight games and has a hit in each of his last five to set a new season-long hitting streak.
*Adam Toth had a hit in the first, third and fifth innings to make him 8-for-8 with eight singles in his last eight plate appearances before finally making an out in the seventh. The last BU player to accomplish the feat was Michael Howard on April 11-14, 2012, as he also had eight straight hits. Toth also stole home for the second time this season and third time in his career. It marked the third by a BU player this season. His three-hit day marked his team-leading 13th multi-hit game of the season.
*Hayden Ross extended his first collegiate hitting streak to four games. He also added his third straight multi-hit game - the first three of his career.
*Aaron Dodson has reached base in each of his last four games and has a hit in each of his last three games.
*Duncan Wendel has reached base in each of his last three games.
*Joe Sabatini made his first collegiate start and had his first career multi-hit game as he was 2-for-3 with his first career double.
*Bobby McCormack set new career highs in a phenomenal outing with four innings pitched and seven strikeouts. He only gave up two hits in a scoreless appearance.
STAT OF THE GAME
1/2 - The amount of strikeouts (7) Bobby McCormack had compared to the amount of batters he faced (14).
TWEET OF THE GAME
"I was really proud of the way we threw the ball tonight. Drew [Tolson] was very efficient with his pitches so he was able to get through five innings. You couldn't ask absolutely anything more out of Bobby [McCormack] tonight. He was outstanding."
- BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor faces Texas A&M Corpus Christi tomorrow at Baylor Ballpark at 6:30 p.m. CT before hitting the road for a weekend series at Oklahoma.