Baylor baseball posted a 6-3 win in the series rubber match against Houston Baptist on Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (2-1) used a three-run third inning to take the season-opening series over the Huskies (1-2).
Shea Langeliers put BU on the board in the first inning with a laser home run off the left field foul pole, scoring Richard Cunningham after a leadoff double.
HBU answered in the third with three unearned runs on a walk, error, single and double. But the Bears countered in the bottom half to regain the lead. Davis Wendzel led off with a walk and Andy Thomas singled. After a Cole Haring sacrifice bunt moved the runners up, T.J. Raguse delivered a go-ahead, two-run single up the middle. Raguse advanced to second on the throw home and scored on a two-out single by Davion Downey for a 5-3 lead.
BU added to the lead with a solo homer by Wendzel in the fourth. Then the bullpen took over after starter Hayden Kettler was replaced in the sixth inning. Jacob Ashkinos tossed three scoreless, hitless innings to get to Troy Montemayor, who closed the door in the ninth.
Kettler (1-0) earned the win, allowing three unearned runs on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts in five innings. Montemayor notched his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth. HBU starter Daniel Endsley (0-1) took the loss, giving up six runs on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 3.1 innings.
*Baylor has won three of its last four season-opening series and two straight.
*Baylor (two home runs) has 24 multi-home run games under Steve Rodriguez (nine in 2016, 14 in 2017, one in 2018).
*Baylor has hit 88 home runs in 113 games under Rodriguez. BU hit 51 in 2017 for its most homers since 2010 (57).
*Baylor has finished its home schedule with a .500 record or better (2-1 in 2018) in all 19 seasons at Baylor Ballpark (since 1999) and is 418-194 all-time at the park.
*Hayden Kettler posted career highs in innings pitched (5.0) and strikeouts (5).
*Sophomore JUCO transfer Jacob Ashkinos made his Baylor debut and tossed three scoreless innings while allowing just two walks with two strikeouts.
*Troy Montemayor gathered his 28th career save to pull within 10 of topping Baylor's career leader Zane Carlson (37, 2000-04). He converted his first eight career save attempts in 2016, and after blowing his ninth try, converted 12 straight before blowing his 22nd attempt. He has converted 19 of his last 20 save tries and eight straight. He is 27-for-29 in career save attempts.
*T.J. Raguse has the game-winning RBI in both of Baylor’s wins this season.
*Davis Wendzel has a six-game on-base streak, dating back to last season. He led BU with three hits for the second straight game for his second multi-hit game of the season. He also hit his first homer of the season and ninth of his career. Additionally, he had a career-high two doubles.
*Shea Langeliers hit his first homer of the season and 11th of his career.
*Langeliers and Wendzel homered in the same game for the first time in their careers at Baylor.
*Andy Thomas tied a career high with three hits for his second multi-hit game of the season and had a career-high two walks.
*Freshman Davion Downey made his first career start and drove in his first run, while walking twice.
*Freshman Nick Loftin made his first career start and had a single in his first career at-bat.
STAT OF THE GAME
3 – The amount of baserunners allowed by Baylor’s relievers Ashkinos and Montemayor in four innings of work.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“I knew it was going to happen at some point [with the offense scoring more runs]. I think our bats are pretty good. I am really excited about the offense. That’s the one downside of seeing our pitchers all fall, it doesn’t force the guys to have to make the quick adjustments that you make in the game. I think it took our guys a little bit to be able to adjust from pitcher to pitcher and situation to situation. Today, it was all-around a great effort, from the first pitch we were ready. It really helped set the tone for the rest of the game.” – Baylor Head Coach Steve Rodriguez
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