LOS ANGELES (KWTX) Shea Langeliers' elite defensive ability has already caught the eye of Major League Baseball scouts leading up to the MLB Draft scheduled to begin Monday, but nobody expected to see the type of historic offensive performance that the projected top-15 pick produced Saturday at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Langeliers smashed a Baylor single-game record three home runs, and finished with an NCAA Tournament-record 11 RBIs in the Bears' 24-6 win over the Omaha Mavericks in an elimination game.
"I was filling up a water cup when he went up in the last at-bat when he hit his third home run, and I was like, 'There's no way that ball's going out,'" senior second baseman Josh Bissonette said. "I saw it hit the bat and I was like, 'You have to be kidding me.' It was pretty cool to see."
"This game will probably be one of the most meaningful games for me as a hitter, probably for the rest of my career," Langeliers said. "Our backs were up against the wall, we needed a big day out of our offense, and we got it. It was a lot of fun."
Baylor (35-18) had lost five of the last six games, scoring a total of three runs in the previous three leading up to their Los Angeles Regional elimination game with Omaha.
With their season on the line, the Bears smacked 23 hits and scored in every inning except the eighth. The 24 runs scored set a Baylor postseason single-game record and was the second-highest total since April 23, 2008 when they plated 25 against Texas State.
"It's not like we're going up against a bunch of teams that aren't very good," Baylor head coach Steve Rodriguez said. "We've been playing some pretty talented teams these last couple of weeks."
After tallying just four hits in a 3-1 loss Friday to Loyola Marymount, Baylor had five players with multi-hit performances. Langeliers led the way with five, Bissonette had four, and Nick Loftin, Richard Cunningham and Andy Thomas each finished with three.
Langeliers' 11 runs batted not only broke the previous record of 10 shared by Miami's Kevin Brown and Vanderbilt's Connor Kaiser, but also a Baylor program record for an entire postseason.
The only plate appearance that didn't result in him reaching base came in the ninth inning with a chance to pad his recently-acquired collegiate record.
Langeliers struck out on a pitch that was arguably out of the strike zone. When asked about it, the future first-rounder looked at his head coach for direction.
"The pitcher made a really good pitch and he got the best of me that at-bat."
"I had a talk with one of the teams, a Major League Baseball team," Rodriguez said. "I told them he's one of the best young men off the field, as well as on the field, that I've ever coached."