May 24, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY- No. 7 Baylor baseball's season came to an end as No. 13 TCU (No. 2 seed) earned a 4-1 victory on the fourth day of the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship on Saturday afternoon at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The Bears (26-31) sent home No. 3 Kansas and No. 6 West Virginia in a nice underdog run in the tournament but BU couldn't get past the Horned Frogs (41-15) for the second time in the event. BU opened the tourney against TCU on Wednesday with an 8-5 loss before winning two straight to meet again.
The Horned Frogs struck first in the third inning on a two-out RBI single by Kevin Cron. But the run would be the only one allowed by BU starter Daniel Castano.
Baylor responded in the fourth with a run to knot the game. Lawton Langford singled with one out and Brett Doe followed with a walk. An out later, Grayson Porter roped an RBI single through the left side but the Bears were unable to scratch any more runs.
In the fifth, BU had a scoring chance after Nate Goodwin drew a one-out walk and Langford singled with two outs. However, Doe grounded out to third to end the threat. The Bears came up empty on another chance in the sixth as Porter doubled with one out but was left at third.
TCU grabbed the lead in the seventh off Josh Michalec as Cron and Jerrick Suiter had RBI singles. The Horned Frogs added another run in the eighth off Michalec with an RBI single by Derek Odell to add further insurance.
The Bears last good scoring chance came in the eighth. Adam Toth doubled with two outs and Porter followed with a sharp single. TCU brought in closer Riley Ferrell and he got Aaron Dodson to ground out to second to end it. He then worked a perfect ninth to pick up his 13th save.
TCU reliever Trey Teakell (5-0) earned the win as he pitched three scoreless innings while allowing just three hits one strikeout. Michalec (0-5) took the loss after surrendering three runs on five hits and one walk with two strikeouts in two innings. Castano took a no-decision as he gave up one run on seven hits and four walks with three strikeouts in six innings.
*Baylor leads the all-time series against TCU 139-116 overall but TCU leads 9-1 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 before the Horned Frogs won 8-5 on Wednesday 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 1-7.
*Baylor is just one of two teams (Oklahoma) to qualify for all 18 Big 12 Baseball Championships and owns a 30-31 all-time record in the event. In Oklahoma City during the event, the Bears are 28-27 and 28-25 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Bears are 11-7 in opening games, 7-9 in elimination games and 0-6 in title games. In tournament format, BU is 32-33 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 19-30 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 were 4-8 against teams ranked by Baseball America this season and are 23-23 vs. Baseball America ranked teams since 2011 and 188-275-1 all-time.
*Baylor was 9-12 against top 25 teams this season and 9-13 vs. ranked teams.
*Baylor was 12-16 this season in TV games with eight wins and 17 of the 28 games being vs. ranked teams - BU was 8-9 vs. ranked teams. Since 2011, BU is 29-28 in TV games. Overall, BU is 59-69 in TV games.
STAT OF THE GAME
1 - The number runs allowed by Daniel Castano in six innings after pitching on short rest for the second straight outing.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"It all starts on the mound for us. We really had a chance this game because Daniel [Castano] really stepped up and did a nice job. I thought TCU did nothing to lose the game for us and really worked it hard from the get go. They came out aggressive early, and I just really think they've got a nice ball club overall. I don't think our guys have anything to hang their heads about. We really only had one goal left for this season and that was to come here and win this tournament and unfortunately that just didn't happen. All in all, I'm really proud of our guys and the way they played this season."
- BU head coach Steve Smith