May 17, 2014
WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball dropped a 7-1 decision in the series rubber match against TCU on Saturday evening at Baylor Ballpark. In the regular season finale for both teams, the Bears (24-29, 8-15 Big 12) were once again stifled by the Horned Frogs' (38-15, 17-7 Big 12) solid pitching staff.
Prior to the game, Baylor held an on-field ceremony to retire the No. 17 jersey of the program's most decorated player Jason Jennings. Fittingly, the city of Waco also declared May 17th as Jason Jennings Day. Jennings is just the second person in program history to have his jersey retired as legendary former coach and player Mickey Sullivan was the first.
Unfortunately, the Bears were unable to cap the big day with a win. Derek Odell put TCU ahead in the first inning with a solo home run, and the Horned Frogs never looked back.
TCU added two runs in the third on a single by Odell and sacrifice fly by Boomer White. Then the Horned Frogs broke the game open in the sixth with four runs on three walks, three hits and a sacrifice fly.
Baylor answered with a run in the bottom half of the sixth. Brett Doe hit a one-out triple, and after Ben Carl drew a walk, Adam Toth grounded out to second to score Doe. However, that was all the rally produced.
Earning the win for TCU was starter Tyler Alexander (8-3), who allowed one run on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in six innings. In his second collegiate start, BU's Nick Lewis (2-2) took the loss after giving up three runs (one earned) on five hits with two strikeouts in a career-high 4.2 innings.
*Baylor leads the all-time series over TCU 139-114 overall and 72-44 in Waco. Prior to this series, the last time the teams met in Waco resulted in a 7-1 BU win on Feb. 21, 2012. The last time the teams played a three-game series in Waco was Feb. 18-20, 2000, and the Bears swept the series.
*Baylor has won three of its six series vs. ranked teams this season. The Bears are 3-6 against teams ranked by Baseball America this season and are 22-21 vs. Baseball America ranked teams since 2011 and 187-273-1 all-time. At home against ranked foes, BU is 105-102-1.
*Baylor is 8-10 against top 25 teams this season and 8-11 vs. ranked teams.
*Baylor ended 20-10 at home this season, which is its best home record since 2012.
*Baylor is 10-14 this season in TV games with seven wins and 14 of the 24 games being vs. ranked teams - BU is 7-7 vs. ranked teams. Since 2011, BU is 27-26 in TV games. Overall, BU is 57-67 in TV games.
*Grayson Porter has reached base in each of his last five games.
*Ben Carl has reached base in each of his last three games.
*Aaron Dodson has a hit in each of his last three games.
*Brett Doe hit his first career triple in the sixth inning.
STAT OF THE GAME
17 - The number of Jason Jennings' jersey that was retired before the game as the city of Waco declared May 17th as Jason Jennings Day.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"I thought [Nick Lewis] competed really, really well. I don't say that to say I think he executed - I think he executed fairly well - but he competed better than he executed. The fact that he didn't walk anybody was pretty good. I think he's composed enough on the field that the game doesn't speed up on him. I think there's a lot of upside in him."
- BU head coach Steve Smith
No. 7 seed Baylor and No. 2 seed TCU meet again on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. CT on FOX College Sports in Oklahoma City for the first round of the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.