(April 19, 2014) Baylor baseball salvaged the series finale 3-1 at Kansas State on Saturday night at Tointon Family Stadium. The Bears (18-21, 5-9 Big 12) were fueled by Daniel Castano’s phenomenal outing on the mound against the Wildcats (22-18, 4-8 Big 12).
Baylor spotted Castano a 1-0 lead in the third on Brett Doe’s RBI ground out. Then, Darryn Sheppard broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth with a leadoff home run. Adam Toth added a clutch insurance run in the eighth on a seeing-eye RBI single through a drawn-in infield to put BU up 3-1.
Castano was really only challenged hard in the seventh after he gave up two straight two-out singles. He regrouped to induce a grounder to Lawton Langford behind second base and Langford made a great effort to tag the bag with his glove for the force to end the inning.
Castano then cruised through the eighth to cap his day. In earning the win, Castano (5-1) threw a career-high eight innings while allowing an unearned run on six hits and no walks with a career-high six strikeouts.
Josh Michalec finished the game with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 14th save.
*Baylor earned its first win away from Baylor Ballpark since the first game of the season on Feb. 14 at No. 19 Arizona State – a span of 64 days. Baylor is now 2-14 on the road and 0-3 in neutral site games this season as its 17-game losing streak away from Baylor Ballpark came to a close.
*Baylor is just the second team to defeat Kansas State at Tointon Family Stadium this season as the Wildcats entered the day 14-2 at home with both losses coming to Kansas on April 5-6.
*Baylor leads the all-time series against K-State 42-21 overall, 41-20 under Steve Smith and 14-13 in Manhattan. Prior to this series, Baylor had won each of the last three series between the teams and 14 of the 17 Big 12 regular season series. The four series wins for the Wildcats all have been in Manhattan. Before this series, K-State’s last series win over BU came April 16-18, 2010. The Wildcats’ other series wins came in 2002 and 2006.
*Baylor is 483-540-4 against current members of the Big 12 Conference and holds a 264-203 all-time record in Big 12 regular season play.
*Baylor is 7-7 this season in TV games with six of the seven wins and 11 of the 14 games being vs. ranked teams. Since 2011, BU is 24-19 in TV games. The Bears are 54-60 all-time in TV games.
*Daniel Castano has yet to give up more than three runs in a start this season. In his first six collegiate starts, he is 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA while allowing nine runs (four earned) on 26 hits and seven walks with 19 strikeouts in 34.2 innings. He tossed a career-high eight innings while allowing an unearned run on six hits and no walks with a career-high six strikeouts in the win over K-State.
*Duncan Wendel’s career-high 13-game on-base streak came to a close.
*Matt Menard has reached base in six straight games.
*Adam Toth has reached base in five straight games.
*Lawton Langford extended his hitting streak to four games and has reached base in each of his last five. He had his second straight multi-hit game and now has seven on the season.
*Darryn Sheppard hit the third home run of his freshman season in the fifth inning. He’s now tied for the team lead with Grayson Porter.
*Logan Brown notched his sixth multi-hit game of the season.
*Adam Toth is 24-for-75 in his last 20 games for a .320 batting average. During the stretch, he has 13 runs scored, 11 RBI, two doubles, two triples, two homers and four steals. Overall, he has a team-leading 10 multi-hit games and is tied for second on the team with three multi-RBI games. His 18 RBI this season tied his career high from 2012.
*Josh Michalec picked up his 14th save of the season and career as he is now 14-for-15 in save chances after converting his first 11 attempts. He entered the week ranked second in the NCAA in saves. He's closed out 14 of Baylor's 18 wins with seven of the saves coming in multi-inning efforts.
STAT OF THE GAME
0 – The amount earned runs on walks that Daniel Castano gave up.
TWEET OF THE GAME
@tylervision92: Watching my first @BaylorBaseball game all the way In Knoxville, TN. This team has some grind in them! #SicEm
“[Daniel Castano] was terrific and that’s certainly where it starts. But everyone in the infield made plays. This had so much feel of a Super Regional here, particularly tonight. We had a lot of young guys out there, and I thought, ‘wow, this is such an invaluable experience for these guys.’ It’s a pretty big win for this group of guys.”
– BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor plays a home and home set with Texas State as BU and TSU play on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT in Waco and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in San Marcos.