WACO, Texas – Baylor baseball showed no rust after not playing for a week due to finals by posting a 15-2 win over Prairie View A&M on Tuesday evening at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (28-17) used 16 hits, five of which were for extra bases, to take down the Panthers (18-34).
BU jumped out with a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a Shea Langeliers moonshot home run. Then added a Tucker Cascadden RBI single and three-run homer by T.J. Raguse in the second inning for a 6-0 lead.
The Bears continued scoring in each inning with runs in the third and fourth frames. Josh Bissonette delivered a two-out, two-run double in the third and Kameron Esthay roped a two-out RBI triple in the fourth.
Baylor’s biggest rally came in the sixth inning. Tucker Johnson started the frame with a walk and Andy Thomas hit a one-out single. Then Esthay had an RBI single, Matt Menard singled and Aaron Dodson singled to score another run. Davis Wendzel followed with an RBI triple and Bissonette finished the scoring with an RBI single.
In the seventh, Johnson again led off reaching base, this time with a double, and scored on a ground out by Thomas.
The Panthers rallied for two runs in the eighth but managed no more.
BU starter Cody Bradford (5-4) earned the win, allowing no runs on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts in four innings. PVAMU starter Tyler Laux (0-7) took the loss, giving up 14 runs on 13 hits and six walks with one strikeout in 5.2 innings.
*Baylor has won 28 or more games for the first time since 2012 (49-17) and 18th time in the last 22 seasons.
*Baylor’s 28-17 record through 45 games is its best since a 37-8 start in 2012.
*Baylor has hit 18 home runs in its last 18 games after hitting 14 homers in its first 26 games of the season.
*Baylor has finished its home schedule with a .500 record or better (17-9 in 2017) in all 18 seasons at Baylor Ballpark (since 1999) and is 414-191 all-time at the park.
*Baylor is 9-3 in midweek games this season.
*Senior first baseman Aaron Dodson has a career-high 15-game on-base streak.
*Freshman third baseman Davis Wendzel has a season-high 14-game on-base streak and three-game hitting streak as he posted his fourth multi-RBI game.
*Sophomore left fielder T.J. Raguse has a nine-game on-base streak and five-game hitting streak as he had his fifth multi-RBI (career-high-tying three RBI) game while hitting his first home run of the season and second of his career.
*Freshman catcher Shea Langeliers has an eight-game on-base streak and three-game hitting streak as he notched his seventh multi-RBI game and hit his seventh homer.
*Junior JUCO shortstop Tucker Cascadden has a seven-game on-base streak and three-game hitting streak.
*Sophomore infielder Josh Bissonette has a four-game hitting streak as he registered a career-high-tying three RBI and season-high three hits for his 10th multi-hit game and third multi-RBI game.
*Junior left fielder Kameron Esthay has a three-game on-base streak as he had a career-high-tying three hits to go with two RBI for his team-high 14th multi-hit game and seventh multi-RBI game.
*Senior designated hitter Matt Menard posted his 13th multi-hit game.
STAT OF THE GAME
11 – The amount of runs driven in by Baylor’s underclassmen.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“I am really happy with the way we reacted to the layoff after having only done pitcher, catcher and hitter stuff and intrasquads for the past 10 days. They went in there and took advantage of the situation and the opportunities. They went out and had quality at-bats.” – Head Coach Steve Rodriguez
Baylor finishes its two-game set vs. Prairie View A&M on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. CT at Baylor Ballpark.