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No. 25 Baylor Baseball Tops Northwestern State, 8-4

No. 25 Baylor Baseball Tops Northwestern State, 8-4

Bears use season-high 15 hits to overpower Demons

THE RUNDOWN

WACO, Texas – No. 25 Baylor ended its season-long eight-game home stand with an 8-4 win over Northwestern State Wednesday evening at Baylor Ballpark.  The Bears (6-2) received stellar performances from starting pitcher Theron Kay and catcher Cameron Miller to topple the Demons (2-6).

The Bears gave Kay support right away as Darryn Sheppard led off the game with a double.  After a bunt single off the third base bag by Logan Brown and a wild pitch put both runners in scoring position, Kameron Esthay hit a sharp grounder to third and Sheppard was thrown out at home.  On the next play, Brown and Esthay pulled off a double steal and C.J. Webster's throw to second was off line, allowing Brown to score from second.

From there, Kay kept getting outs and Miller took over on offense.  After Kay retired eight straight to end the fourth inning, Miller followed Aaron Dodson's fourth-inning leadoff double with an RBI double of his own that hit off the right-center wall.  With two aboard in the fifth inning, Miller hit the right-center gap for another double to drive in two more runs for a 5-0 Baylor lead.

The Bears piled on three more in the sixth as Justin Arrington and Esthay had RBI singles.  The third run scored on a missed cutoff throw from right field on Esthay's single.  The runs were more than enough to withstand NSU's four-run seventh.

Kay (2-0) earned the win after allowing no runs on four hits and one walk with two strikeouts in five innings.  Evan Tidwell (0-2) took the loss, surrendering five runs on nine hits with six strikeouts in five innings.

NOTES

*Baylor has at least six wins in its first eight games for the first time since 2012 (also went 6-2).

*Baylor is 372-156 all-time at Baylor Ballpark and 6-2 this season – the Bears have won 14 of their 19 home series since 2012.

*Baylor is 143-72 in February under Smith and 6-2 this season.

*Baylor ended its season-long eight-game home stand with a 6-2 mark.

*Baylor leads the all-time series vs. Northwestern State 12-7 overall, 9-4 in Waco and 6-4 under Smith, and has won each of the last three meetings – the teams had not met since Baylor's 2010 home win.

*Baylor is 207-113-1 all-time vs. current members of the Southland Conference.

*Kameron Esthay had his first career RBI and multi-hit game as he was 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI.

*Theron Kay set a career- high with five innings pitched and tied a career-high two strikeouts.

*Cameron Miller had his first career double and multi-hit game, a career-high three hits and three RBI and has reached base in six straight games – his three doubles were the most in a game by a Baylor player since Logan Vick's four at UCLA on Feb. 24, 2012.

*Aaron Dodson has reached base in four straight games as he went 2-for-4 with two runs for his third multi-hit game in four starts this season.

*Darryn Sheppard hit his fourth double of the season to tie his freshman total from 2014.

*Logan Brown has reached base in eight straight games and tied career highs with four hits and three runs scored.

*Jonathan Ducoff went 2-for-4 with a run and double for his first career multi-hit game.

STAT OF THE GAME

15 – The amount of hits Baylor had in the game for a new season high, marking second straight game with at least 10 hits.

TWEET OF THE GAME

@BaylorBaseball: Top pic is from this morning. Bottom pic now. Let's play ball! #TexasWeather #SicNWST pic.twitter.com/JP85quBFLT

TOP QUOTE

“When you talk about schedules being too tough – [baseball] is not a contact sport – I clearly understand that argument, and don't disagree with it, in football particularly and maybe even in basketball. In this sport, you are playing the game more than you are the other team.  If you play other teams that don't play the game very well, then your mistakes are not going to show.  Tonight would kind of be an example of that, because if we played this kind of game all the time we wouldn't be a very good team. We are not going to go to Fullerton expecting a lot of free bases and a lot of walks. I think last year they led the nation in that category from a pitching standpoint, and I think I read something the other day that right now they are number four or five in the country. We have played some series here, particularly the Cal Poly series, where we got walked quite a lot.  That won't happen against good teams and that's why you have to play them.” – BU head coach Steve Smith

WHAT'S NEXT

Baylor hits the road for the first time this season for a three-game series at Cal State Fullerton. Games are slated for 5 p.m. CT and 7 p.m. Friday for a doubleheader and 3 p.m. Saturday.

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