Baylor Baseball Post Walk-Off Win vs. Stephen F. Austin - KXXV Central Texas News Now

Baylor Baseball Post Walk-Off Win vs. Stephen F. Austin

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

Baylor baseball earned 2-1 win over Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark in walk-off fashion. The Bears (23-14) used back-to-back home runs to start the ninth to top the Lumberjacks (22-17).

In a pitcher’s duel, the Bears trailed 1-0 after a fifth-inning run that scored on an error and double.

Then in the ninth, Kameron Esthay led off with a home run to right field. The next batter, Davis Wendzel, followed with a blast to left field to send the Bears off with the victory.

BU reliever Troy Montemayor (3-1) earned the win with two strikeouts in a perfect ninth. SFAU reliever Tyler Starks (2-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits with one strikeout in one-plus inning. The Bears also received scoreless outings from Hayden Kettler, Alex Phillips, Hunter Seay and Kyle Hill.

NOTES

*Baylor’s 23-14 record through 37 games is its best since a 30-7 start in 2012.

*Baylor posted its third walk-off win of the season (March 5 vs. Texas A&M, April 14 vs. Texas) and second in the last five days.

*Freshman infielder/outfielder Davis Wendzel gave Baylor its second walk-off homer of the season (Tucker Cascadden vs. Texas A&M on March 5).

*Wendzel and junior right fielder Kameron Esthay hit back-to-back homers for the first time since Matt Menard and T.J. Raguse at Kansas State on April 24, 2016.

*Wendzel hit his second home run of the season.

*Esthay hit his fifth homer of the season and 13th of his career.

*Baylor is 7-3 in midweek games this season.

*Baylor leads the all-time series vs. Stephen F. Austin 28-0 and 24-0 in Waco.

*Baylor has finished its home schedule with a .500 record or better (15-9 in 2017) in all 18 seasons at Baylor Ballpark (since 1999) and is 412-191 all-time at the park.

*Freshman RHP Hayden Kettler made his first career start and tied a career high with three strikeouts.

*Junior RHP Troy Montemayor upped his career-high win total to three as he now has four straight scoreless appearances and has done so in 13 of 15 outings this season.

*Junior JUCO RHP Alex Phillips has three straight scoreless appearances.

*Freshman LHP Hunter Seay has six scoreless appearances to begin his career with no walks, four hits and five strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

*Senior first baseman Aaron Dodson has a career-high seven-game hitting streak.

*Wendzel has a season-high six-game hitting streak.

STAT OF THE GAME

2 – The amount of swings that gave Baylor the win and the amount of walk-offs BU has in its last two wins.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“Anytime you go out there and have an opportunity to compete, and you have success, those are the things that athletes thrive on. When you’re able to go out there and do your absolute best and be able to have success it helps your team win – those are great moments. All of them should walk away from this win knowing that they had a part in it.” – Head Coach Steve Rodriguez

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