Baylor Baseball Drops Series Rubber Match to Texas

Posted at 10:20 PM, May 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-17 23:20:26-04

WACO, Texas – Baylor (21-30, 9-15) dropped the second game of a doubleheader and the series rubber match to Texas (26-25, 11-13), 11-1, Sunday evening at Baylor Ballpark in seven innings.  The Longhorns scored five in the first inning and the Bears weren't able to bounce back.

After the Bears won the first game of the doubleheader to clinch a spot in the Big 12 Championship, Baylor starter Daniel Castano found himself in trouble early as the Longhorns scored five runs on five hits, two errors and one walk.

With BU unable to answer, Texas tacked on more runs in the middle innings to put the game out of reach.  In the fifth, they added three on five hits and a walk.   In the sixth, Zane Gurwitz hit a two-run homer to make it a 10-0 UT lead.

In the seventh, C.J. Hinojosa hit a solo homer for the Longhorns before the Bears were able to get on the board thanks to a sacrifice fly by Steven McLean.

UT starter Kyle Johnston (1-1) earned the win, allowing three hits and three walks with four strikeouts in five innings.  Castano (4-6) took the loss after giving up five runs on five hits and one walk in one inning.


*Baylor trails the all-time series vs. Texas 106-236-4, and 60-93-3 in Waco, but is 34-43 under Steve Smith and 29-40 in the Big 12 era. BU had won each of the last two series before Texas swept the Bears in Austin on April 4-6, 2014, last season. Baylor has won nine series vs. UT in 19 seasons of Big 12 play. Baylor won the first six series from 1997 through 2002 and took a series sweep in 2005. Texas won the series in 2003 and 2004 and had taken each of the last six series before the Bears won 2012's series 2-1. The Bears swept Texas in 2013 in Waco on April 26-28 for their third sweep of UT in Big 12 play (1998, 2005, 2013).

*Baylor is 382-166 all-time at Baylor Ballpark, 16-12 this season and has won 16 of its 24 home series since 2012, including four of seven in 2015 (No. 13 Cal Poly, 3-0 | Kent State, 2-1 | West Virginia, 2-1 | Oklahoma, 2-1 | Texas State, 0-3 | Kansas State, 1-2 | Texas, 1-2).

*Baylor had won four of its 12 three-game series in 2015 and 22 of 45 since 2012.

*Baylor is 497-564-4 against current members of the Big 12 Conference and 277-224 all-time in regular season play.

*Baylor is 141-131 in May/June under Steve Smith and 4-3 this year.

*Mitch Price has reached base in his last seven games and has a hit in his last three.

*Darryn Sheppard has a five-game on-base streak.

*Logan Brown has reached base in his last eight games and has a hit in his last three.


5 – The amount of runs and hits Texas had in the first inning to leave the Baylor too large a deficit to overcome.


Baylor heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship next week at ONEOK Field.  No. 8 seed Baylor will face No. 1 seed TCU at 12:30 p.m. CT Wednesday on FOX College Sports.