May 13, 2014
WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball shook the rust off of an eight-day break to claim a 5-3 win over UTSA on Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark. The win for the Bears (23-27) over the Roadrunners (31-22) was fueled by good hitting in the fifth and sixth innings and stellar bullpen work over the final four frames.
Trailing 3-0, the Bears rallied to tie the game in the fifth. With one out, Hayden Ross and Adam Toth singled to set up Grayson Porter. On a slider hanging near his eyes, Porter tomahawk chopped a three-run homer just over the left field fence to tie the game.
After Nick Lewis came on in relief and worked a perfect sixth for Baylor, Darryn Sheppard started another one-out rally with a walk in the bottom half. Logan Brown and Lawton Langford followed with singles to load the bases for Ross, who entered the game in the top of the fifth inning after Brett Doe left with a bruised shoulder due to an HBP. All Ross did was play the hero by smacking a two-run single through the right side to put BU up 5-3.
From there, the bullpen dominated as Lewis (2-1) twirled another perfect inning in the seventh to put him in line for the win. He gave way to Sean Spicer for a flawless eighth. Then, Josh Michalec fanned two in a 1-2-3 ninth for his 19th save to extend his Baylor single-season record and pull within one of tying the Big 12 single-season record.
*Baylor leads the all-time series over UTSA 31-6 overall, 29-4 under Steve Smith and 23-3 in Waco.
*Baylor is 176-99-1 all-time against current members of Conference USA and 1-0 this season.
*Baylor has won four of its last five games.
*Baylor is 19-8 at home this season, which is its best home record since 2012.
*After missing last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Drew Tolson has been finding his groove on the mound as he gets more innings and starts. As a starting pitcher this season, Tolson is 3-2 with a 4.15 ERA in six starts as he's given up 18 runs (14 earned) on 35 hits and six walks with 18 strikeouts in 30.1 innings.
*Brett Doe has reached base in each of his last eight games.
*Adam Toth has reached base in each of his last seven games and has a hit in his last three. Piggy backing on his 5-for-5 performance in his last game, Toth reached base in each of his first three plate appearances for his second run of the season of reaching base in eight straight plate appearances. His first two appearances were hits to make him 7-for-7, one more hit shy of tying his 8-for-8 run from a few games ago (tied a program record for consecutive hits). He also added onto his team-leading multi-hit-game total with his 16th of the season and third in a row. He's 18-for-30 (.600) in his last seven games.
*Logan Brown has a hit in each of his last five games for a season-high streak. He's 6-for-15 (.400) in his last four games.
*Grayson Porter's three-run homer in the fifth inning was the fifth of his season and 10th of his career. He's now homered in back-to-back games (both three-run shots) for the first time in his career and for the first time by a BU player since Josh Ludy on April 14-15, 2012, at Kansas State. Porter is 13-for-33 (.394) over his last nine games with 14 RBI, three doubles and two home runs.
*Josh Michalec picked up his 19th save of the season and career as he is now 19-for-20 in save chances after converting his first 11 attempts. He entered the week ranked third in the NCAA in saves. He's closed out 19 of Baylor's 23 wins with 10 of the saves coming in multi-inning efforts. He extended his BU single-season saves record to 19 and tied for second place on the Big 12 single season list (J. Brent Cox (Texas) in 2005, Don Czyz (Kansas) in 2006 and Corey Knebel (Texas) in 2011), just one shy of tying the league record (Jeff Bajenaru (Oklahoma) in 2000). Michalec also moved into a tie for third place on the BU career saves list with Abe Woody (2003-05).
STAT OF THE GAME
12 - The amount of hitters faced and retired in order by the Baylor bullpen.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"[All the bullpen arms] were solid, they were really good. Drew [Tolson] wasn't as sharp as he's been but he's still learning and still ate up five innings. The other guys were spot on. They went a combined four hitless. We had to play defense behind them - they are making pitches - and [the other team is] hitting them to us."
- BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor finishes the Big 12 regular season this weekend at home against TCU. Games are slated for 6:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.