May 21, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY- No. 7 seed Baylor baseball rallied late but it wasn't enough to overtake No. 13 TCU (No. 2 seed) in an 8-5 loss on the opening day of the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship on Wednesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Trailing 8-0 after seven innings, the Bears mounted a late comeback after TCU starter Jordan Kipper exited the game. In the eighth, Brett Doe roped a two-out double and scored on another double from Adam Toth.
Then in the ninth after reliever Bobby McCormack held the Horned Frogs scoreless, Baylor's bench helped start a rally. Pinch hitters Ben Carl, West Tunnell and Mitch Price all singled to load the bases with one out. Logan Brown followed with an RBI single and Lawton Langford smoked a two-run double over the head of TCU's center fielder. The hit forced TCU to bring in closer Riley Ferrell, who gave up an RBI single to Nate Goodwin that cut the lead to 8-5 before getting Toth looking and Grayson Porter on a fly out to end the game.
Riley's save nailed down the win for Kipper (8-2), who allowed three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in seven shutout innings. BU starter Dillon Newman (5-4) took the loss after giving up four runs on six hits and three walks with one strikeout in five innings.
*Baylor leads the all-time series against TCU 139-115 overall but TCU leads 8-1 in neutral site games. The teams met for the first time as members of the Big 12 last year and TCU came away with a 2-1 series win in Fort Worth on April 19-21, 2013. Last weekend, the Horned Frogs took two of three from BU in Waco.
*Baylor and TCU had never met in the Big 12 Baseball Championship but met twice in the Southwest Conference Tournament. The first meeting was a 3-0 TCU win on May 17, 1991, in College Station, Texas, on the tournament's second day to eliminate Baylor. The second and last meeting was a 12-5 TCU win on May 15, 1996, in Lubbock, Texas, on the tournament's first day. Against TCU in postseason play (includes the NCAA Tournament), the Bears are 1-6.
*Baylor is just one of two teams (Oklahoma) to qualify for all 18 Big 12 Baseball Championships and owns a 28-30 all-time record in the event. In Oklahoma City during the event, the Bears are 26-26 and 26-24 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Bears are 11-7 in opening games, 5-8 in elimination games and 0-6 in title games. In tournament format, BU is 30-32 in the event.
*The Bears have been the No. 7 seed in the event only one other time (2002). In 2002, Baylor fell 11-9 to No. 2 Nebraska and then 6-2 to No. 6 Kansas State. Overall in the event, No. 7 seeds own a 17-29 record and have appeared in the title game twice (Missouri in 2004 and Kansas State in 2008) but have never won. Baylor has appeared in the title game six times but has never won.
*Baylor won three of its six series vs. ranked teams this season. The Bears are 3-7 against teams ranked by Baseball America this season and are 22-22 vs. Baseball America ranked teams since 2011 and 187-274-1 all-time.
*Baylor is 8-11 against top 25 teams this season and 8-12 vs. ranked teams.
*Baylor is 10-15 this season in TV games with seven wins and 15 of the 25 games being vs. ranked teams - BU is 7-8 vs. ranked teams. Since 2011, BU is 27-27 in TV games. Overall, BU is 57-68 in TV games.
*Ben Carl has reached base in each of his last four games.
*Brett Doe has a hit in each of his last three games.
*Logan Brown tallied a season-high three hits as he was 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI.
STAT OF THE GAME
7 - The amount of innings Baylor was held scoreless by TCU starter Jordan Kipper.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"It would be really easy for a team that is now 24-30 and coming in to a situation like we have been through to just literally, not figuratively, pack it in. Putting the four runs aside in the ninth inning, their tone and how they just stuck together in this game. It doesn't score you a lot of points but it does say a lot about them as people and their character. I have been around a lot of games and a few seasons like this, and teams usually don't stay together. They fragment and that was far from the case with this group of guys."
- BU head coach Steve Smith
No. 7 Baylor faces No. 3 Kansas in an elimination game tomorrow at 9 a.m. CT on FOX College Sports.