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No. 10/20 Baylor Baseball Wins Series Finale vs. West Virginia

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

No. 10/20 Baylor baseball earned a 5-1 win over West Virginia in the Big 12 opening series finale on Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (16-4, 1-2) got back to playing stellar defense, using timely hitting and good pitching to salvage the last game vs. the Mountaineers (10-8, 2-1).

Unlike the first two games of the series, it was Baylor who jumped out to a lead first. Shea Langeliers blasted a long two-out, solo home run to left-center in the first inning. Then in the third, Steven McLean led off with a single, Langeliers walked, Matt Menard singled to load the bases and Kameron Esthay hit a sacrifice fly to make it a 2-0 lead.

The Bears put the game out of reach in the fifth thanks to a massive three-run homer by Esthay after Langeliers and Menard singled. WVU got a run back in the seventh to prevent a shutout but the bullpen duo of Kyle Ott and Troy Montemayor shut down the Mountaineers bats after that.

BU starter Cody Bradford (3-1) earned the win, allowing one run on seven hits and one walk with two strikeouts in 6.2 innings. WVU starter Conner Dotson (3-2) took the loss, surrendering five runs on six hits and five walks with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

NOTES

*Baylor’s 16-4 record through 20 games is its best since a 17-3 start in 2000.

*Baylor is 5-3 as a ranked team this season and 4-2 against ranked teams.

*Baylor is 1-2 on its current and season-long eight-game home stand.

*West Virginia leads the all-time series vs. Baylor 8-7, but the Bears lead 5-4 in Waco.

*Baylor has finished its home schedule with a .500 record or better (11-3 in 2017) in all 18 seasons at Baylor Ballpark (since 1999) and is 408-185 all-time at the park.

*Baylor lost its first three-game series of the season after winning three in a row.

*Junior right fielder Kameron Esthay posted his team-high fourth multi-RBI game with a career-high four RBI as he hit his fourth home run of the season and 12th of his career. He has homered in back-to-back games for Baylor for the first time since Matt Menard at Kansas State on April 23-24, 2016.

*Freshman catcher Shea Langeliers hit his third home run of the season as he had his sixth multi-hit game.

*Senior designated hitter Matt Menard has a nine-game on-base streak and four-game hitting streak as he notched his team-high-tying seventh multi-hit game.

*Junior outfielder Levi Gilcrease has a six-game on-base streak.

*Junior third baseman Steven McLean has a four-game hitting streak.

*Junior JUCO shortstop Tucker Cascadden has a four-game on-base streak.

*Freshman LHP Cody Bradford has tossed at least six innings with three runs or less, two walks or less and two or more strikeouts in all five starts.

*Junior RHP Kyle Ott has a career-high six-appearance scoreless streaking. Over 7.1 innings during the stretch he’s allowed five hits and three walks with six strikeouts.

STAT OF THE GAME

9 – The amount of runs and RBI from Baylor’s No. 3-5 hitters Shea Langeliers (two runs, one RBI), Matt Menard (one run) and Kameron Esthay (one run, four RBI).

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“The biggest thing for us is to make sure our defense is solid, and it has been all year. Cody’s [Bradford] ability to come from a different angle from the left side and be able to throw fastballs in and fastballs away and mix in a couple breaking balls – that’s what he does. He throws strikes with each of those pitches, and as a hitter you have to respect all of his pitches. He does a really good job. ” – Head Coach Steve Rodriguez

WHAT’S NEXT

Baylor hosts Dallas Baptist at Baylor Ballpark on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. CT.

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