WACO, Texas (KWTX) No. 15 Baylor baseball finished off a four-game sweep of the Holy Cross Crusaders with a 6-1 win Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.
Sophomore outfielder Davion Downey turned in a 2-for-3 performance with a two-run home run to see the Bears improve to 4-0 on the young season.
The Bears struck first in the bottom of the fourth inning when Cole Haring drove in Downey with a single for the game’s first run. Josh Bissonette added an RBI knock later in the inning to push the score to 2-0.
The Crusaders (0-4) scored their only run of the game in the fifth inning off a bases loaded walk surrendered by Baylor starter Anderson Needham.
The freshman right-hander Needham took the hill for the first time in his collegiate career and gave the Bears 4.2 quality innings with six strikeouts. He allowed just the one run on two hits and walked four batters.
Baylor hung a three-spot on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh inning after four batters strung together hits. Nick Loftin singled and later scored on a Davis Wendzel double, Downey homered, and Ryan Bertelsman picked up his only base hit of the day.
There was more in store for the Bears in the eighth as Bissonette tallied his second knock, Kyle Harper recorded his first career hit, a double, and Richard Cunningham picked up an RBI with a groundout to make it 6-1.
The bullpen duo of lefty Ryan Leckich and Luke Boyd bridged the way for Loftin to take over on the mound in the ninth. In his third career pitching appearance, Loftin threw a scoreless inning and struck out one batter.
The win completes Baylor’s four-game sweep of Holy Cross, the Bears’ first four-game sweep since 2011 when they defeated Louisiana Tech in all four games.