Baylor baseball posted an impressive 16-5 win over No. 6 TCU on Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium to even the series. The Bears (24-15, 6-8) used 19 hits to score 16 runs and leave the Horned Frogs (29-8, 10-4) unable to respond.
Unlike Friday night, Baylor took advantage of early scoring chances with a two-out, two-strike RBI single in the first inning by Matt Menard. Then in the second, Davis Wendzel led off with a home run and Richard Cunningham, Shea Langeliers and Menard each added an RBI single for a 5-0 lead.
After an RBI ground out by T.J. Raguse in the third, Menard delivered again with an RBI double in the fourth and Aaron Dodson backed it up with a two-run homer for a 9-0 edge.
In the fifth, Cunningham launched a solo shot, Menard roped another RBI double and Dodson posted an RBI single to up the lead to 12-0. Raguse made it 13-0 in the sixth with a sacrifice fly.
Wendzel then capped the BU scoring with a two-out, three-run blast in the seventh for a 16-0 lead.
TCU finally got on the board with four runs in the seventh and one in the ninth but it wasn’t nearly enough to threaten with any type of comeback attempt.
BU starter Montana Parsons (3-2) earned the win, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 6.2 innings. He had a no-hitter through 4.1 innings, retired 10 straight batters and 13 of 14 at one point. TCU starter Mitchell Traver (2-1) took the loss, allowing four runs on three hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings.
*Baylor’s 24-15 record through 39 games is its best since going 32-7 in 2012.
*Baylor posted its largest winning deficit vs. a Baseball America top 10 team since a 12-1 win at No. 5 Texas A&M on April 16, 2011.
*Baylor scored its most runs vs. a Baseball America top 10 team since a 16-5 win at No. 8 Vanderbilt on March 12, 2005.
*Baylor is 7-7 against ranked teams this season.
*Baylor is 5-6 this season and 8-10 under Steve Rodriguez against Baseball America ranked team and 202-298-1 all-time, including a 37-46 mark since 2011.
*Baylor is 2-4 this season (lost to No. 4 LSU, 2-1 at No. 6 Texas Tech) and 92-151 all-time against Baseball America top 10 teams with its last series win coming in Waco vs. No. 10 TCU (2-1) on May 13-15, 2016.
*Baylor is 8-6 away from Baylor Ballpark this season (6-5 on road, 2-1 in neutral sites).
*Baylor has won four of its eight three-game series this season.
*Baylor hit multiple home runs for the sixth time this season and hit four for the second time (April 9 at No. 6 Texas Tech).
*Junior JUCO RHP Montana Parsons has thrown at least five innings with three earned runs or less and three or more strikeouts in eight of 10 starts this season.
*Senior designated hitter Matt Menard set career highs with five hits and four RBI for his 10th multi-hit game and fourth multi-RBI game.
*Freshman catcher Shea Langeliers scored a career-high four runs and registered his 11th multi-hit game.
*Sophomore center fielder Richard Cunningham hit his third home run of the season and eighth of his career as he notched his sixth multi-hit game and fifth multi-RBI game of the season.
*Senior first baseman Aaron Dodson has a career-high nine-game hitting streak as he posted his ninth multi-hit game and team-high-tying sixth multi-RBI game while also hitting his career-high sixth home run of the season and 16th of his career.
*Freshman third baseman Davis Wendzel has a season-high eight-game hitting streak as he posted a career highs with four RBI, three hits, three runs scored and two homers for his fourth multi-hit game and third multi-RBI game of the season. He now has four homers on the season.
*Junior infielder Steven McLean has a four-game hitting streak as he notched his ninth multi-hit game.
*Junior right fielder Kameron Esthay has a three-game hitting streak as he had his team-high 12th multi-hit game.
*Sophomore left fielder T.J. Raguse has a three-game on-base streak as he notched his fourth multi-RBI game.
STAT OF THE GAME
7 – The amount of consecutive innings Baylor’s offense scored in to begin the game.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“We did a good job of getting ourselves into good counts and hitting some pitches that we normally foul off or roll over. Everybody went up there with good swings all day. [Montana Parsons] was impressive, being able to hold that type of offense to just two hits. He should be proud of what he did today.” – Head Coach Steve Rodriguez
Baylor finishes its series at TCU on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.