Baylor Baseball Opens Big 12 Play With Shutout Win

WACO (March 14, 2014) In the Big 12 opener, Baylor baseball notched a 1-0 win over No. 23 Texas Tech on Friday evening at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (9-8, 1-0 Big 12) ended the Red Raiders’ (15-4, 0-1 Big 12) seven-game winning streak.

All Baylor needed was one run for victory, and the run came in the first inning. Darryn Sheppard roped a one-out double to the right-center gap to get into scoring position. Adam Toth promptly drove him home on the next play with a triple down the right field line.

From there, the Bears missed on several chances to increase the lead but starting pitcher Dillon Newman and closer Josh Michalec kept the Red Raiders at bay. After giving up two straight singles to start the second, Newman locked in to retire 13 consecutive TTU hitters.

When Newman ran into trouble again in the eighth after two straight singles to start the frame, Michalec cleaned up for him. On his first pitch to Jake Barrios, Michalec got a sharp, one-hop grounder back to him, fielded it cleanly, checked the runner at third and then started the 1-6-3 double play. Three pitches later, he induced a lineout to third off the bat of Eric Gutierrez. Michalec then worked a flawless ninth to close it out.

In earning the win, Newman (2-1) gave up six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in a season-high seven innings pitched. Michalec notched his seventh straight save, tallying a strikeout while allowing nothing else. Taking the loss for TTU was starter Dominic Moreno (1-3) after surrendering the one run on six hits and a walk with nine strikeouts.

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