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Baylor Baseball Takes Series Opener at Kansas 5-4

Baylor baseball posted a gritty 5-4 win at Kansas in the series opener on Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark. The Bears (26-16, 7-9) scored early and held on late to top the Jayhawks (21-21, 8-8).

Trailing 1-0, Baylor answered in a large way in the second and third innings. Aaron Dodson blasted a long three-run home run to center field in the second while Josh Bissonette tripled and scored on a Richard Cunningham sacrifice fly. Then in the third, a Shea Langeliers walk and Matt Menard double led to an RBI ground out by Kameron Esthay for a 5-1 lead.

After BU starter Nick Lewis held KU to just a run on three hits through five innings, the Jayhawks got to him in the sixth with three singles and an error in the field that helped score two runs. Alex Phillips came in and gave up a single and RBI fielder’s choice force out before ending the rally with the Bears still up, 5-4.

Phillips then pitched over a leadoff error in the seventh to leave the bases loaded with three strikeouts.

In the eighth, Kyle Hill gave up a bloop double to start the inning and a wild pitch moved the runner to third base with no outs. However, Hill bounced back with three straight swinging strikeouts to extinguish Kansas’ last big threat in the game.

Lewis (5-4) earned the win, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits and one walk with two strikeouts in 5.1 innings. KU starter Taylor Turski (2-4) took the loss, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts in seven innings. Troy Montemayor picked up his ninth save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning and two strikeouts.

NOTES

*Baylor has won 26 or more games for the first time since 2014 (26-31) and 20th time in the last 22 seasons.

*Baylor’s 26-16 record through 42 games is its best since a 35-7 start in 2012.

*Baylor has 15 home runs in 15 games in April after posting 14 home runs in its first 26 games of the season.

*Baylor is 9-7 away from Baylor Ballpark this season (7-6 on road, 2-1 in neutral sites).

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

*Baylor junior RHP Troy Montemayor garnered his ninth (9-for-10) save of the season and 23rd of his career. He converted his first eight career save attempts, and after blowing his ninth attempt, had converted 12 straight and now 14 of his last 15. He’s 23-for-25 in converting save attempts in his career and is one save away from tying Nick Cassavechia (24, 2005-08) for second all-time at Baylor.

*Baylor senior RHP Nick Lewis has thrown at least five innings with six hits allowed or less, three earned runs or less and two or more strikeouts in eight of 11 starts this season.

*Lewis earned his career-high fifth win on the season.

*Senior first baseman Aaron Dodson has a career-high 12-game hitting streak as he posted his team-high eighth multi-RBI game with his career-high and team-high seventh home run of the season and 17th of his career.

*Freshman third baseman Davis Wendzel has a season-high 11-game on-base streak.

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

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

*Freshman catcher Shea Langeliers has a five-game on-base streak.

*Senior designated hitter Matt Menard has a five-game hitting streak as he totaled his team-high-tying 12th multi-hit game.

*Sophomore center fielder Richard Cunningham has a five-game hitting streak.

*Sophomore infielder Josh Bissonette posted his ninth multi-hit game.

STAT OF THE GAME

8 – The amount of strikeouts by Baylor relievers Alex Phillips, Kyle Hill and Troy Montemayor in 3.2 innings.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“That was such a huge shutdown inning by Kyle Hill in the eighth. Guy on third base with nobody out and he starts throwing fastball by guys. It was a really impressive outing by him, and to have Troy [Montemayor] do what he did in the ninth was impressive as well. The home run by Aaron Dodson was one of the more impressive shots we’ve seen this year. We battled through some tough defensive miscues today, very proud of the guys.” – Head Coach Steve Rodriguez

WHAT’S NEXT

Baylor continues its series at Kansas with games Saturday at 2 p.m. CT and Sunday at 1 p.m.

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