MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Baylor baseball earned an 8-6 win over West Virginia on Saturday afternoon at Monongalia Ballpark to even the series in the first game of a doubleheader. The Bears (20-23, 6-11) used a three-run home run by Josh Bissonette in the sixth inning to take down the Mountaineers (22-19, 7-9).
In the sixth, a double by Matt Menard and error that let Arrington reach set up Bissonette’s two-out, three-run homer. An inning later, Steven McLean led off with a single, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single by Kameron Esthay.
WVU countered with two runs on two walks, a hit and run-scoring double play in the seventh to cut the BU lead to 6-4. However, Richard Cunningham launch a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth to get the runs back for Baylor.
WVU tried to comeback in the ninth with two runs but it was all the Mountaineers could muster.
BU starter Daniel Castano (3-4) earned the win, allowing four runs on five hits and six walks with five strikeouts in seven innings. Troy Montemayor picked up his 10th save by getting one out in the ninth after giving up a hit. WVU starter Michael Grove (1-3) took the loss, giving up five runs (two earned) on seven hits with nine strikeouts in six innings.
*Baylor is 3-3 on its stretch of six road contests in a seven-game span.
*Baylor 6-9 on the road in 2016.
*Baylor leads the all-time series against West Virginia 6-5 but WVU leads 3-1 in Morgantown – BU is 1-1 in the series under Steve Rodriguez – and the Bears have won two of the three all-time Big 12 series against the Mountaineers, including taking two of three in Waco last season.
*Baylor has won three of its nine three-game series in 2016 and 24 of 53 since 2012.
*Baylor reached its 20th win of the season, a feat that has been achieved by the program every year since 1972 – a span of 45 straight seasons with 20 or more wins.
*Baylor already has 27 home runs in 43 games in 2016, which are 10 more than the team had in 55 games in 2015 – BU has 20 or more homers for the first time since blasting 46 in 2012.
*Kameron Esthay has an eight-game hitting streak as he notched his 13th multi-hit game of the season with a career-high-tying three-hit effort.
*Matt Menard has a seven-game on-base streak as he posted his 11th multi-hit game of the season.
*Josh Bissonette hit his third home run of the season and career as he had his fourth multi-RBI game of the season with a career-high-tying three RBI.
*Richard Cunningham hit his fourth home run of the season and career while posting his 10th multi-hit and seventh multi-RBI game of the season.
*Troy Montemayor picked up his 10th save of the season and career in 11 attempts.
Baylor finishes its series with WVU in Morgantown, West Virginia, with a 2:30 p.m. CT game Saturday. The pitching matchup features BU RHP Andrew McInvale (2-2, 4.85 ERA) vs. WVU LHP Ross Vance (4-3, 5.57 ERA).