WACO (April 2, 2014) Behind a strong effort on the mound from Daniel Castano, Baylor baseball claimed a 4-3 win over Incarnate Word on Wednesday evening at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears’ (15-13) two wins against the Cardinals (7-19) in the last two days moved their 2014 home record to a stellar 14-3.
Freshman left-handed starter Castano tossed a gem as he only ran into trouble in the second and seventh innings. In the second, a leadoff double came around to score on an error for an unearned run. In the seventh, another error and a walk had runners in scoring position after a sacrifice bunt but Castano induced a ground out and fly out to escape.
Other than those two frames, Castano retired the side in order in four of the first five innings en route to establishing new career highs of seven innings pitched and five strikeouts. After the two-out walk in the second, he sent down 11 straight UIW hitters.
Baylor answered UIW’s second-inning run on a bases loaded walk by Lawton Langford that tied the game. The Bears then took the lead for good in the third as Matt Menard started the rally with a one-out walk and Aaron Dodson followed with a single. After a wild pitch scored Menard, Darryn Sheppard walked to set up Nate Goodwin’s RBI single.
In the seventh, BU added an important insurance run on a Duncan Wendel double that scored Langford after a leadoff walk. The run proved to be big as the Cardinals scored on a double from Jason Stone and single from Jesse Hoover in the eighth off Drew Tolson.
However, the same duo that secured last night’s win did the same for the second straight day. Doug Ashby came into the eighth to get the final out and Josh Michalec worked a flawless ninth for his 11th save.
Earning the win was Castano (3-1), who allowed just two hits and two walks. UIW starter Chris Jones (0-1) took the loss after giving up three runs on three hits and five walks in 2.2 innings.