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Baylor Baseball Falls 4-0 to No. 3 LSU

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Baylor baseball dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 3 LSU on Saturday afternoon at the 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park. The Bears (10-1) struggled in the fifth and sixth innings on defense to let the Tigers (9-2) grab a lead and win.

Steven McLean led the game off for Baylor with a double in the top of the first. However, after a missed sacrifice bunt and two strikeouts, the Bears came away scoreless. McLean led off the fourth with a single as well. He was moved over on a sacrifice bunt, but once again no run came of it.

BU starter Montana Parsons was cruising until giving up a pair of singles to begin the fifth inning. After a fly out and strikeout, he had a 1-2 count on Cole Freeman but gave up an RBI single to center. Antoine Duplantis followed with an RBI single to right to make it a 2-0 deficit for Baylor.

In the sixth, Greg Deichmann led off with a home run. After a one-out single and two-out single, an infield single with an error let another run score before Kyle Ott came in to get a strikeout to end the rally.

In the eighth, Richard Cunningham roped a two-out double down the left field line, but was left there.

LSU starter Jared Poche’ (3-0) earned the win, allowing no runs on three hits with five strikeouts in seven innings. Parsons (1-1) took the loss, giving up four runs (three earned) on 10 hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

NOTES

*Baylor’s 10-game winning streak ended as the Bears had their second best start in program history (1984, 13-0).

*Baylor’s 10-1 start is its best since 2008 (11-1).

*Baylor was one of five undefeated teams in NCAA DI baseball entering the game.

*Baylor is 1-1 this season and 4-5 under Steve Rodriguez against Baseball America ranked teams (LSU ranked No. 4) and 198-293-1 all-time, including a 29-40 mark in neutral sites, and 33-41 mark since 2011.

*Baylor is 44-80 all-time against Baseball America top five teams – its last win was May 20, 2015 vs. No. 5 TCU (6-5) and last win vs. a No. 4 team was March 8, 2014 vs. Cal State Fullerton (5-4).

*Baylor is 2-1 away from Baylor Ballpark this season (1-0 on road, 1-1 in neutral sites).

*Baylor had won 10 straight games for the first time since winning 24 straight from March 16-April 22, 2012.

*Baylor trails the all-time series to LSU 9-2, is 1-2 in neutral site games and has lost five in a row in the series. The Bears’ last win over LSU came on June 6, 2003 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (4-1).

*Sophomore centerfielder Richard Cunningham has a seven-game on-base streak and three-game hitting streak as now has eight extra base hits in his last six games (six doubles, two triples).

*Junior JUCO transfer shortstop Tucker Cascadden’s 10-game RBI streak to start the season ended.

*Junior third baseman Steven McLean has a five-game hitting streak and posted his team-high-tying fifth multi-hit game of the season.

*Freshman catcher Shea Langeliers has a three-game hitting streak.

*Junior JUCO outfielder Tucker Johnson has a three-game hitting streak.

STAT OF THE GAME

4 – The amount of runs LSU scored in the fifth and sixth innings and amount of runners left on base for Baylor in the game.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“I thought our guys competed well. [Jared Poche’] just did a really good job of mixing up his four pitches throughout the day. We just could not get that two-out hit and they did. That’s a game-changer. LSU is a really good team. I’m proud of how our guys played and reacted to this game.” – Head Coach Steve Rodriguez

WHAT’S NEXT

Baylor finishes the 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park Sunday at 5:05 p.m. CT vs. No. 11 Texas A&M.

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