Baylor baseball notched a 16-3 win over Kansas State on Saturday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium to secure the series. The Bears (25-17, 8-9) again used a big day offensively to take down the Wildcats (18-25, 3-14).
BU began the game with three runs in the first on a Davis Wendzel two-run double and Shea Langeliers sacrifice fly.
After KSU scored a run in the bottom of the first, Baylor separated again with a third-inning sac fly by Davion Downey and Nick Loftin RBI single, Wendzel run-scoring double play, Andy Thomas RBI single, Langeliers RBI double and Downey RBI single, all in the fourth.
The Wildcats got two runs back in the fourth, however, it would be the last time they scored as the Bears kept the runs coming. In the eighth, Richard Cunningham had a two-run triple and Wendzel launched a two-run home run. In the ninth, Tucker Cascadden had an RBI single, Wendzel a fielder’s choice RBI and Thomas another RBI single.
BU starter Hayden Kettler (6-3) earned the win, allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks in five innings. KSU starter Hudson Treu (1-1) took the loss, giving up nine runs (three earned) on nine hits and three walks with one strikeout in 3.2 innings.
*Baylor has won 11 of its last 12 games and nine straight.
*Baylor is 6-4 in three-game series this season (2-3 on road, 4-1 at home) and has a combined record of 15-12.
*Baylor has scored 45 runs in its last 19 innings.
*Baylor has scored 15 or more runs in three straight games for the first time since April 20-23, 1999.
*Baylor has scored 10 or more runs in three straight games for the first time since a four-game stretch on April 14-18, 2012.
*Baylor has hit 122 home runs in 152 games under third-year head coach Steve Rodriguez. BU hit 51 in 2017 for its most homers since 2010 (57). BU has 37 in 2018.
*Hayden Kettler increased his career-high win total to six.
*Davis Wendzel has reached base in a career-high 31 straight games, marking Baylor’s longest since a 35-game streak in 2013 by Lawton Langford. He also has an 11-game hitting streak. He notched his team-high 14th multi-hit game (2) and seventh multi-RBI game (5, tied career high). He also hit his sixth home run of the season and 14th of his career. He now has a career-high 33 RBI on the season.
*Andy Thomas has a 13-game on-base streak and four-game hitting streak. He totaled his fifth multi-RBI game (2).
*T.J. Raguse has a 13-game on-base streak and six-game hitting streak.
*Freshman Nick Loftin has reached base in 12 straight games and four-game hitting streak. He had his 12th multi-hit game (3).
*Richard Cunningham has an 11-game hitting streak. He registered his 12th multi-hit game (3) and eighth multi-RBI game (2).
*Freshman Davion Downey has reached base in eight straight games and has a three-game hitting streak. He had his 10th multi-hit game (2) and ninth multi-RBI game (2).
*Shea Langeliers has reached base in seven straight games and has a six-game hitting streak. He posted his team-high 10th multi-RBI game (2).
*Josh Bissonette had his ninth multi-hit game (2).
*Tucker Cascadden has reached base in four straight games and has a three-game hitting streak.
*Drew Robertson extended his career-high streak to 11 straight scoreless relief appearances.
STAT OF THE GAME
7 – The amount of hits apiece by freshmen Nick Loftin and Davion Downey through two games in the series.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“Everybody feels good, you can see it during batting practice. We are getting quality at-bats and executing really well. It’s fun to see. Our veteran bullpen members have learned really quick to come in, throw strikes and get outs, no matter what the situation is.” – Baylor Head Coach Steve Rodriguez