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Baylor Baseball Win Series Opener vs. Texas 6-2

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

Baylor baseball earned a 6-2 win in the series opener vs. Texas on Thursday evening at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (21-13, 4-6) scored four runs in the second and received stellar pitching to topple the Longhorns (23-14, 6-7).

The big second inning started with a two-out walk by Davis Wendzel, single by Richard Cunningham and walk by Josh Bissonette to load the bases. Then Tucker Cascadden roped a two-run double down the left field line, Bissonette scored on a passed ball and T.J. Raguse had an RBI single up the middle.

Texas answered with one run in the fifth, but Shea Langeliers blasted a two-run home run for BU in the bottom of the frame to give the Bears a 6-1 lead. The Longhorns added a run in the ninth but the rally was short lived.

BU starter Nick Lewis (4-3) earned the win, allowing an unearned run on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts in six innings. UT starter Nolan Kingham (5-3) took the loss, giving up six runs on nine hits and two walks with five strikeouts in five innings.

NOTES

*Baylor’s 21-13 record through 34 games is its best since going 27-7 in 2012.

*Baylor trails the all-time series vs. Texas 240-109-4 and 92-62-2 in Waco, but the Bears are 3-2 under head coach Steve Rodriguez.

*Baylor has finished its home schedule with a .500 record or better (13-8 in 2017) in all 18 seasons at Baylor Ballpark (since 1999) and is 410-190 all-time at the park.

*Senior RHP Nick Lewis has had at least five innings pitched with six hits or less, three earned runs or less and two or more strikeouts in seven of his nine starts this season.

*Lewis tied a career high with his fourth win on the season.

*Sophomore outfielder T.J. Raguse has a career-high 14-game on-base streak and a career-high-tying five-game hitting streak a career-high-tying three hits for his ninth multi-hit game.

*Freshman catcher Shea Langeliers hit his team-high sixth home run for his team-high-tying fifth multi-RBI game.

*Junior right fielder Kameron Esthay has a seven-game hitting streak.

*Sophomore second baseman Josh Bissonette has a four-game on-base streak.

*Junior JUCO shortstop Tucker Cascadden has a four-game hitting streak as he notched his fourth multi-RBI game.

*Senior first baseman Aaron Dodson has a four-game hitting streak as he registered his seventh multi-hit game.

*Freshman infielder/outfielder Davis Wendzel has a three-game hitting streak.

STAT OF THE GAME

5 – The amount of consecutive Baylor batters that reached base with two outs in the second inning for a four-run rally.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“In the past couple of weeks we’ve actually been hitting the ball pretty hard off of some really good pitchers. The key for me was being able to get the two-out RBI. When you’re able to do that, it’s such a momentum shifting action. For us, it’s been pretty illusive these past couple of weeks. We’ve been doing a good job getting guys on base, but then we’d hit into a double play or just miss a ball or they’d make a double play. It’s like, ‘man, when’s that hit going to come?’ So it was awesome that Tucker [Cascadden] was able to get that for us. But like I told our guys, we can’t be satisfied with just winning the opening game – we have to come out and win tomorrow.” – Head Coach Steve Rodriguez

WHAT’S NEXT

Baylor continues its series vs. Texas with games at 6:35 p.m. CT Friday on FOX Sports Plus and 3:05 p.m. Saturday on FOX Sports Southwest.

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