Baylor baseball took down Louisiana Tech, 6-1, on Sunday afternoon at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in the finale of the 2018 Frisco College Baseball Classic. The Bears (4-5) scored in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to defeat the hottest team of the tournament in the Bulldogs (7-5)
The game was scoreless through four innings until Louisiana Tech used a single, error and single with two outs in the fifth for a 1-0 lead. However, Baylor quickly countered in the bottom half. Josh Bissonette led off with a single and back-to-back sacrifice bunt errors off the bats of Richard Cunningham and Tucker Cascadden scored a run and put two runners in scoring position. Cole Haring capitalized on the chance with a two-run single to give the Bears a 3-1 lead.
BU added to the lead with runs in the sixth and seventh frames. Nick Loftin walked and scored on a Cunningham double and Haring drove in Cunningham with a single in the sixth. Bissonette hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the seventh after walks by Shea Langeliers and Davis Wendzel and a single by Andy Thomas.
The Bears received 3.2 scoreless innings by starter Tyler Thomas but Kyle Hill (1-0) came on in relief to earn the win, giving up an unearned run on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Bulldogs starter Logan Bailey (1-1) took the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts in five innings.
*Baylor is 3-3 in regular season tournament play under third-year head coach Steve Rodriguez. BU went 2-1 at the 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park in Houston with wins over No. 9 Ole Miss and No. 11 Texas A&M and a loss to No. 3 LSU.
*Tyler Thomas made his first career start and posted career highs of 3.2 innings pitched and five strikeouts.
*Andy Thomas has a career-high nine-game hitting streak to begin the season.
*Richard Cunningham has a five-game hitting streak.
*Shea Langeliers has a three-game hitting streak and was named to the 2018 Frisco College Baseball Classic all-tournament team at the catcher position.
*Cole Haring has a three-game hitting streak as he posted his third multi-hit game of the season (2) with a career-high three RBI.
*Troy Montemayor has four straight scoreless appearances to begin the season over four innings.
STAT OF THE GAME
3 – The amount consecutive innings that Baylor scored in (fifth-seventh) and number of RBI by Cole Haring.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“It was really good for our guys to get a win. We finally had some consistency with our play after Friday and Saturday’s games. Like I’ve said before, I like the direction this team is headed. It’s games like this that I believe can propel you into more wins.” Baylor Head Coach Steve Rodriguez
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