Baylor baseball lost a tough 5-3 game to Texas on Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark in 10 innings. The Bears (22-14, 5-7) scored late runs to tie the game but couldn’t pull it out in extra innings as the Longhorns (24-15, 7-8) avoided getting swept.
Trailing 3-0, Baylor started the comeback in the fifth with an RBI ground out by Josh Bissonette. In the seventh, another RBI ground out by Steven McLean cut the deficit to 3-2.
Then in the ninth, Davis Wendzel hit a double into the gap with one out and scored on a two-strike, two-out single by Tucker Cascadden to knot the game 3-3.
Unfortunately, UT’s Kacy Clemens hit a two-run home run in the top of the 10th and the Bears were unable to respond.
UT reliever Nick Kennedy (5-0) earned the win after blowing a save chance, allowing a run on two hits in one inning. Beau Ridgeway picked up his seventh save with two strikeouts in a clean 10th. BU reliever Kyle Ott (1-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on a hit and walk with one strikeout in two innings.
*Baylor played its first extra innings game of 2017 and first since a 7-5 win at Kansas State on April 22, 2016.
*Baylor won its second straight series vs. Texas, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished since 2012-13. The Bears have won four of the last six series vs. the Longhorns (BU owns a 10-8 record in the stretch), dating back to the 2012 season.
*Baylor won its fourth three-game series of the season as the Bears won three in a row to start the season and had lost their last four.
*Baylor trails the all-time series vs. Texas 241-110-4 and 93-63-2 in Waco, but the Bears are 4-3 under head coach Steve Rodriguez.
*Baylor has finished its home schedule with a .500 record or better (14-9 in 2017) in all 18 seasons at Baylor Ballpark (since 1999) and is 411-191 all-time at the park.
*Freshman LHP Cody Bradford has thrown at least five innings with three runs or less and two walks or less with two or more strikeouts in eight of nine starts this season.
*Sophomore outfielder T.J. Raguse’s career-high 15-game on-base streak and career-high six-game hitting streak both ended.
*Senior first baseman Aaron Dodson has a career-high-tying six-game hitting streak.
*Freshman infielder/outfielder Davis Wendzel has a season-high-tying five-game hitting streak.
*Sophomore center fielder Richard Cunningham has a three-game hitting streak.
*Freshman catcher Shea Langeliers has a three-game on-base streak.
STAT OF THE GAME
3 – The amount of scoreless innings relievers Kyle Hill (2) and Alex Phillips (1) provided the Bears to help the offense rally back.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“We had opportunities where we had execution failures, but we’re fighting hard and continuing to have good at-bats throughout the game that are giving us a chance to win. When you’re able to get as close to a sweep as we were today without getting it, it is helpful to understand where we are compared to where we were a few weeks ago.” – Head Coach Steve Rodriguez