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Baylor Baseball Loses Big 12 Opener to Texas Tech

WACO, Texas – Baylor baseball dropped a 5-0 decision to Texas Tech in the teams’ Big 12 opener on Friday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.  The Bears (7-10, 0-1) were unable to get much going on offense against the Red Raiders’ (11-6, 1-0) pitching staff that allowed only six hits and three walks.

In a pitcher’s duel through the first three innings, Texas Tech finally got the scoring started in the fourth inning.  A leadoff double by Cory Raley turned into a run on Tanner Gardner’s single.  Then in the fifth, another leadoff double by Stephen Smith scored on a Tyler Neslony single.

In the eighth and ninth innings, TTU put the game out of reach off BU reliever Andrew McInvale.  The Red Raiders scored a run on a walk and three hits in the eighth and two runs in the ninth on two hits and a pair of fielder’s choices.

TTU starter Davis Martin (2-0) earned the win by allowing two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six scoreless innings.  BU starter Daniel Castano (2-2) took a tough loss, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings.

NOTES

*Baylor is 390-174 all-time at Baylor Ballpark and 5-8 under Steve Rodriguez.

*Baylor is 1-5 on its current and season-long eight-game home stand.

*In Big 12 opening games, the Bears are 10-10.

*In Big 12 opening series, Baylor is 13-6 and has won three of its last four.

*In Big 12 home opening games, BU is 11-8.

*In Big 12 home opening series, the Bears are 15-3 and have won three straight.

*Baylor trails the all-time series against Texas Tech 81-79 but leads 49-29 in Waco.

*Baylor was shutout for the first time this season and first time since the last game of the 2015 season in a 4-0 loss to Texas in the Big 12 Championship on May 23, 2015.

*Kameron Esthay has a career-high-tying six-game hitting streak.

*Aaron Dodson has a three-game on-base streak.

*Steven McLean has a three-game on-base streak as he posted his fourth multi-hit game of the season.

*Cameron Miller has a three-game on-base streak.

*Josh Bissonette tied a career high with two hits for his third career multi-hit game, and added his first collegiate double.

*Daniel Castano has 26 strikeouts over 25 innings in his last four starts.

STAT OF THE GAME

26 – The amount of strikeouts Daniel Castano has over his last four starts – average of 6.5 per start.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“We competed. We hit some balls hard and put guys in scoring position. We just weren’t fortunate enough to get hits. Daniel Castano did a great job for us today, just keeping us in the ball game when he was in there, and he really got himself out of some big jams with guys in scoring position with less than two outs.” – Baylor Head Coach Steve Rodriguez

WHAT’S NEXT

Baylor continues its Big 12 opening series against Texas Tech and season-long eight-game home stand with games on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. CT on FOX College Sports and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. on FOX Sports Plus.  The pitching matchups feature BU RHP Drew Tolson (1-1, 4.94 ERA) vs. TTU LHP Steven Gingery (1-1, 6.75 ERA) Saturday and BU RHP Nick Lewis (0-2, 6.23 ERA) vs. TTU RHP Ty Harpenau (0-0, 3.29 ERA) Sunday.

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