WACO (April 27, 2014) Baylor baseball fell 8-5 to Kansas on Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark. The loss to the Jayhawks (26-20, 9-9 Big 12) marked the Bears’ (19-25, 5-12 Big 12) first losing sweep at home in Big 12 play since 2009.
Trailing 2-0, Baylor got on the board in the fourth with an RBI ground out by Duncan Wendel that scored Grayson Porter after a leadoff double. The teams then exchanged runs until KU put the game out of reach in the ninth.
Tucker Tharp hit an RBI single in the sixth to put Kansas up 3-1. Aaron Dodson answered with an RBI single of his own in the seventh. In the eighth, KU scored off a wild pitch and Logan Brown countered in the bottom half with an RBI bunt single.
In the ninth off Josh Michalec, the Jayhawks added a run on a single by Dakota Smith and three runs on a double by Tharp. The Bears bounced back with a two-run single by Porter in the bottom half but it was all they could muster.
KU starter Frank Duncan (5-2) earned the win by allowing two runs on 13 hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Stephen Villines picked up his fifth save after giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings. BU starter Daniel Castano (5-2) took a tough-luck loss, surrendering three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts in six innings.
*Last time Baylor was swept at home in Big 12 play was April 24-26, 2009, vs. Oklahoma. The last time Baylor was swept at home overall was March 8-9, 2013, vs. Illinois.
*Baylor leads the all-time series against Kansas 45-16 overall, 40-16 under Steve Smith and 24-6 in Waco. Last season, the Jayhawks swept BU for the first time ever on May 3-5, 2013, in Lawrence, Kansas. With KU locking up the series win, BU has now won 13 of the 18 all-time Big 12 series between the teams. The only other time KU had won a series in Waco was March 26-28, 2010.
*Baylor is 17-7 at Baylor Ballpark this season, which is its best record at home since 2012.
*Baylor is 7-11 this season in TV games with six of the seven wins and 11 of the 18 games being vs. ranked opponents. Since 2011, BU is 24-23 in TV games. The Bears are 54-66 all-time in TV games.
*Daniel Castano has yet to give up more than three runs in a start this season. In his first seven collegiate starts, he is 3-1 with a 1.34 ERA while allowing 12 runs (six earned) on 34 hits and eight walks with 21 strikeouts in 40.2 innings.
*Grayson Porter has reached base in five straight games and has a hit in each of his last four to tie a season-long hitting streak. He had his second three-hit game of the season and team-leading fifth multi-RBI game.
*Hayden Ross has a hit in each of his last three games for his first collegiate hitting streak. He also added his second straight multi-hit game – the first two of his career.
*Aaron Dodson has reached base in each of his last three games.
*Matt Menard had his eighth multi-hit game of the season – third most on the team.
*Joe Sabatini collected his first collegiate hit on a pinch-hit single in the sixth inning.
*Adam Toth notched his team-leading 12th multi-hit game and first five-hit game, giving him a new career-high in hits to surpass his four-hit day on April 7, 2012, at Missouri.