Baylor Baseball Falls 4-0 to No. 3 LSU

Posted at 8:50 PM, Mar 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-04 21:50:07-05

Baylor baseball dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 3 LSU on Saturday afternoon at the 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park. The Bears (10-1) struggled in the fifth and sixth innings on defense to let the Tigers (9-2) grab a lead and win.

Steven McLean led the game off for Baylor with a double in the top of the first. However, after a missed sacrifice bunt and two strikeouts, the Bears came away scoreless. McLean led off the fourth with a single as well. He was moved over on a sacrifice bunt, but once again no run came of it.

BU starter Montana Parsons was cruising until giving up a pair of singles to begin the fifth inning. After a fly out and strikeout, he had a 1-2 count on Cole Freeman but gave up an RBI single to center. Antoine Duplantis followed with an RBI single to right to make it a 2-0 deficit for Baylor.

In the sixth, Greg Deichmann led off with a home run. After a one-out single and two-out single, an infield single with an error let another run score before Kyle Ott came in to get a strikeout to end the rally.

In the eighth, Richard Cunningham roped a two-out double down the left field line, but was left there.

LSU starter Jared Poche’ (3-0) earned the win, allowing no runs on three hits with five strikeouts in seven innings. Parsons (1-1) took the loss, giving up four runs (three earned) on 10 hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.


*Baylor’s 10-game winning streak ended as the Bears had their second best start in program history (1984, 13-0).

*Baylor’s 10-1 start is its best since 2008 (11-1).

*Baylor was one of five undefeated teams in NCAA DI baseball entering the game.

*Baylor is 1-1 this season and 4-5 under Steve Rodriguez against Baseball America ranked teams (LSU ranked No. 4) and 198-293-1 all-time, including a 29-40 mark in neutral sites, and 33-41 mark since 2011.

*Baylor is 44-80 all-time against Baseball America top five teams – its last win was May 20, 2015 vs. No. 5 TCU (6-5) and last win vs. a No. 4 team was March 8, 2014 vs. Cal State Fullerton (5-4).

*Baylor is 2-1 away from Baylor Ballpark this season (1-0 on road, 1-1 in neutral sites).

*Baylor had won 10 straight games for the first time since winning 24 straight from March 16-April 22, 2012.

*Baylor trails the all-time series to LSU 9-2, is 1-2 in neutral site games and has lost five in a row in the series. The Bears’ last win over LSU came on June 6, 2003 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (4-1).

*Sophomore centerfielder Richard Cunningham has a seven-game on-base streak and three-game hitting streak as now has eight extra base hits in his last six games (six doubles, two triples).

*Junior JUCO transfer shortstop Tucker Cascadden’s 10-game RBI streak to start the season ended.

*Junior third baseman Steven McLean has a five-game hitting streak and posted his team-high-tying fifth multi-hit game of the season.

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

*Junior JUCO outfielder Tucker Johnson has a three-game hitting streak.


4 – The amount of runs LSU scored in the fifth and sixth innings and amount of runners left on base for Baylor in the game.


“I thought our guys competed well. [Jared Poche’] just did a really good job of mixing up his four pitches throughout the day. We just could not get that two-out hit and they did. That’s a game-changer. LSU is a really good team. I’m proud of how our guys played and reacted to this game.” – Head Coach Steve Rodriguez


Baylor finishes the 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park Sunday at 5:05 p.m. CT vs. No. 11 Texas A&M.