Baylor baseball opened up its two-game set against Incarnate Word with a 5-2 win on Tuesday evening at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (14-13) improved to 13-3 at home with a victory in their first-ever meeting with the Cardinals (7-18).
After enduring four straight losses and three in a row on the road, Baylor bounced back to improve upon their stellar home record. With the game tied 1-1 following an Aaron Dodson sacrifice fly and UIW run on a wild pitch, the game was decided in the fourth inning.
Matt Menard roped a one-out double down the right field line and Mitch Price followed with an infield single. Then Dodson launched a fastball over the right-center wall for a three-run home run to put BU ahead for good.
UIW threatened in the fifth with a run on a two-out bunt single by Mark Whitehead. However, Brett Doe countered in the seventh with an RBI single, and the relief combo of Doug Ashby and Josh Michalec closed out the game.
Earning the win was BU starter Dillon Newman (3-1), who allowed two runs on six hits with four strikeouts in six innings. Ashby threw 1.2 scoreless frames to bridge the gap to Michalec, who earned his 10th save with 1.1 hitless innings. UIW starter Cody Richey (0-2) took the loss after surrendering four runs on six hits and a walk in six innings.