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Baylor Baseball Drops Rubber Match at No. 6 TCU

Baylor baseball lost an 8-5 series rubber match to No. 6 TCU on Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. The Bears (24-16, 6-9) trailed 3-0 early and fought back twice to pressure the Horned Frogs (30-8, 11-4) but it wasn’t enough to get the series win.

Down 3-0 after three innings, Matt Menard and Aaron Dodson delivered two-out RBI singles in the fourth to make it a one-run game.

The score stayed that way until TCU added a run in the seventh and four in the eighth for an 8-2 edge.

However, BU did not go quietly. In the ninth, Dodson, Davis Wendzel, Steven McLean and Tucker Johnson all walked with one out to force in a run. Then with two outs, Richard Cunningham roped a two-run double to put the tying run at the plate in Shea Langeliers, who struck out to end the rally.

TCU starter Brian Howard (6-2) grabbed the win, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk with six strikeouts in 5.2 innings. BU starter Cody Bradford (4-3) took the loss, giving up three runs on seven hits with one strikeout in three innings. TCU reliever Dalton Brown earned a one-out save.

NOTES

*Baylor is 7-8 against ranked teams this season.

*Baylor is 5-7 this season and 8-11 under Steve Rodriguez against Baseball America ranked team and 202-299-1 all-time, including a 37-47 mark since 2011.

*Baylor is 2-5 this season (lost to No. 4 LSU, 2-1 at No. 6 Texas Tech, 2-1 at No. 6 TCU) and 92-152 all-time against Baseball America top 10 teams.

*Baylor is 8-7 away from Baylor Ballpark this season (6-6 on road, 2-1 in neutral sites).

*Baylor has won four of its nine three-game series this season.

*Senior first baseman Aaron Dodson has a career-high 10-game hitting streak as he posted his 10th multi-hit game

*Freshman third baseman Davis Wendzel has a season-high nine-game on-base streak.

*Junior infielder Steven McLean has a five-game on-base streak.

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

*Sophomore left fielder T.J. Raguse has a four-game on-base streak.

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

*Senior designated hitter Matt Menard has a three-game hitting streak.

*Sophomore center fielder Richard Cunningham has a three-game hitting streak as he notched his seventh multi-hit game and team-high-tying sixth multi-RBI game.

*Junior JUCO outfielder/infielder Tucker Johnson has a three-game on-base streak.

STAT OF THE GAME

3 – The amount of scoreless innings BU reliever Alex Phillips provided to keep the Bears within striking distance in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“We were one swing away from taking this series. That's the exciting thing about this club is that we have the fight and the energy. We have to take advantage of some of the mistakes that we are given and don't make mistakes ourselves -- just make somebody beat us. I'm excited that we continued to fight all the way through the last out and like the direction we are going as a team.” – Head Coach Steve Rodriguez

WHAT’S NEXT

Baylor hosts Texas State at Baylor Ballpark on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. CT.

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