Baylor baseball cruised to an 18-1 run-rule win in seven innings over Prairie View A&M on Tuesday evening at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (27-17) scored four runs in three of the first four innings to put away the Panthers (13-34).
BU started the game with four runs in the first on a Richard Cunningham two-run home run and Cole Haring two-run triple. In the second, the Bears added four more on a Nick Loftin RBI double, Davis Wendzel RBI single, Andy Thomas RBI single and Davion Downey sacrifice fly.
After getting a run on an error and T.J. Raguse groundout in the third, Baylor scored four again in the fourth on a Josh Bissonette grand slam. In the fifth, three more runs scored on a Wendzel triple, Downey error and Bissonette groundout.
Following a PVAMU run in the sixth, BU scored runs on a Thomas sacrifice fly and Shea Langeliers RBI double.
BU starter Tyler Thomas (2-2) earned the win, allowing three hits and four walks with five strikeouts in four shutout innings. PVAMU starter Kaelon Woods (3-2) took the loss, giving up 13 runs (eight earned) on 12 hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings.
*Baylor’s 11-game winning streak is its longest since the program-record 24-game run in 2012 and gives BU 10-game winning streaks in back-to-back seasons (10 games from Feb. 17-March 3, 2017) for the first time since 1998 (14) and 1999 (14). The 11-game streak ranks tied for second in NCAA DI.
*Baylor has scored 15 or more runs in four of its last five games for the first time in program history.
*Baylor has won 13 of its last 14 games.
*Baylor has finished its home schedule with a .500 record or better (16-6 in 2018) in all 19 seasons at Baylor Ballpark (since 1999) and is 433-198 all-time at the park.
*Baylor is 26-10 in midweek games under third-year head coach Steve Rodriguez with a 17-9 home mark and 9-1 road record. BU is 9-2 in 2018 (5-2 at home, 4-0 on road).
*Baylor is 18-8 in non-conference play this season.
*Baylor has scored 71 runs in its last 35 innings.
*Baylor has hit 126 home runs in 154 games under Rodriguez. BU hit 51 in 2017 for its most homers since 2010 (57). BU has 41 in 2018.
*Baylor has 35 multi-home run games under Rodriguez (nine 2016, 14 in 2017, 12 in 2018).
*Davis Wendzel has reached base in a career-high 33 straight games, marking Baylor’s longest since a 35-game streak in 2013 by Lawton Langford. He also has a 13-game hitting streak. He notched his team-high 16th multi-hit game (2) and eighth multi-RBI game (2). He upped his career-high RBI total to 36 on the season.
*Andy Thomas has a 15-game on-base streak and six-game hitting streak. He totaled his 15th multi-hit game (2) and sixth multi-RBI game (2).
*Freshman Nick Loftin has reached base in 14 straight games and has a six-game hitting streak. He had his 13th multi-hit game (2).
*T.J. Raguse has a 14-game on-base streak and seven-game hitting streak. He totaled his fifth multi-hit game (2).
*Freshman Davion Downey has reached base in 10 straight games.
*Shea Langeliers has reached base in nine straight games and had his eighth multi-hit game (2).
*Josh Bissonette has a four-game hitting streak as he hit his first career grand slam on his way to a career-high five RBI (fifth multi-RBI game of the season) to increase his career-high home run total to six on the season and nine in his career. He entered the season with three career homers (all in 2016).
*Levi Gilcrease has a four-game hitting streak.
*Richard Cunningham added to his career-high home run total with his seventh homer of the season and 17th of his career. He tallied his 13th multi-hit game (2) and ninth multi-RBI game (2) of the season.
*Cole Haring registered his 11th multi-hit game (2) and sixth multi-RBI game (2).
*Freshman Tyler Thomas tied a career high with five strikeouts for the third time.
*Joe Heineman has tied a career high with seven straight scoreless appearances.
STAT OF THE GAME
420 – The amount of feet tallied by Richard Cunningham’s home run that went into the Brazos River beyond the right field fence.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“We had an early practice today just to try and get the guys out and moving [after their week off due to final exams]. They have been studying and I just wanted to get them out here and get them out of bed, moving them around, kind of start focusing on things and start doing a little bit of practice to kind of remind them about a few things. We took some batting practice and they were in good spirits obviously and feeling really good. I am really happy with some of their approaches and some of the things they did tonight.” – Baylor Head Coach Steve Rodriguez