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Baylor Baseball Gives Coach Smith 700th Career Win

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Baylor Baseball Gives Coach Smith 700th Career Win

Smith becomes 36th active NCAA Division I baseball coach with 700 or more wins

THE RUNDOWN

WACO, Texas – Baylor baseball cruised to a 12-1 seven-inning win over Austin Peay on Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark for a series sweep.  The Bears’ (5-2) victory marked 20th-year head coach Steve Smith’s 700th career win.

Baylor struck first with two runs in the second inning and never looked back.  After Adam Toth walked and Duncan Wendel singled, West Tunnell’s sac bunt set up Brett Doe’s RBI single and Logan Brown’s RBI single to give starter Austin Stone all the runs he needed.

But the Bears kept distancing themselves from the Governors (1-6), scoring three in the fourth and seven in the fifth.  Mitch Price delivered three runs in the fourth on a bases-loaded double to right-center.  The seven runs in the fifth came on just one hit as there were five HBPs, two errors, a walk and wild pitch.  Darryn Sheppard, Grayson Porter and Price all had RBI HBPs for the first three runs.  Toth drove another in on an infield single.  Wendel brought two in on an error, and the final run scored on a wild pitch.

The inning lasted long enough for the Baylor staff to hold Stone back from pitching the sixth.  In earning his first win of the season, Stone (1-0) gave up an unearned run in the third inning while allowing two hits and a walk with five strikeouts in five innings.  Nick Lewis and Drew Tolson combined to throw the final two innings without allowing any runners.

HIGHLIGHTS

*Baylor head coach Steve Smith earned his 700th career win and is the 36th active coach in NCAA Division I baseball with 700 or more wins.  He’s Baylor’s all-time wins leader in all sports.

*Baylor set a program record for HBPs in one inning as five batters were hit in the fifth inning (four in a row).  The previous record was four vs. Kansas State on April 10, 2005.

*Lawton Langford has reached base in 14 straight games dating back to last season.  He went 0-for-1 with a career-high-tying three walks, along with two runs.

*Grayson Porter has reached base in a career-high nine straight games dating back to last season.  He went 0-for-2 with two runs, an RBI and walk.

*Darryn Sheppard has reached base in all seven games to start his collegiate career.  He went 0-for-2 with two runs, two walks and an RBI.

*Mitch Price has reached base in four straight games.  He went 1-for-4 with a career-high four RBI, along with a run, double and walk.

*Duncan Wendel tied a career-high with two RBI as he was 1-for-4 with a run.

*Brett Doe has reached base in a career-high five straight games.  He went 1-for-2 with a run, walk and RBI.

*In the teams’ first-ever series, Baylor took a 3-0 lead in the all-time series against Austin Peay.

*Baylor improved to 5-0 all-time against teams currently part of the Ohio Valley Conference.

STAT OF THE GAME

700 – The amount career wins Baylor head coach Steve Smith now has after Sunday’s win.

TWEET OF THE GAME

@KeithMadison32: Congrats to @BaylorBaseball coach Steve Smith on win #700! @BUCoach34 is way too young for 700!

TOP QUOTE

“[Austin Stone] looked really comfortable out there today. He’s a good poker player. You can never tell when he’s on simply by his demeanor because he’s pretty much the same way all the time. He made a play over in front of the dugout on a popup and made some pretty good pitches. He did a good job of stranding runners.” – BU head coach Steve Smith

WHAT’S NEXT

Baylor resumes its six-game home stand with games against Incarnate Word and Texas A&M Corpus Christi next week.  BU faces Incarnate Word on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT and Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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