WACO, Texas – Baylor baseball opened up its two-game set against Incarnate Word with a 5-2 win on Tuesday evening at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (14-13) improved to 13-3 at home with a victory in their first-ever meeting with the Cardinals (7-18).
After enduring four straight losses and three in a row on the road, Baylor bounced back to improve upon their stellar home record. With the game tied 1-1 following an Aaron Dodson sacrifice fly and UIW run on a wild pitch, the game was decided in the fourth inning.
Matt Menard roped a one-out double down the right field line and Mitch Price followed with an infield single. Then Dodson launched a fastball over the right-center wall for a three-run home run to put BU ahead for good.
UIW threatened in the fifth with a run on a two-out bunt single by Mark Whitehead. However, Brett Doe countered in the seventh with an RBI single, and the relief combo of Doug Ashby and Josh Michalec closed out the game.
Earning the win was BU starter Dillon Newman (3-1), who allowed two runs on six hits with four strikeouts in six innings. Ashby threw 1.2 scoreless frames to bridge the gap to Michalec, who earned his 10th save with 1.1 hitless innings. UIW starter Cody Richey (0-2) took the loss after surrendering four runs on six hits and a walk in six innings.
*Baylor is now 13-3 at Baylor Ballpark this season, which is its best home start since doing the same in 2012.
*Baylor is now 1-0 all-time against Incarnate Word as the game was the teams' first-ever meeting.
*Baylor is now 3-0 against the Southland Conference this season and 204-111-1 overall against current members of the league. The Bears also topped Lamar and Houston Baptist earlier this season.
*Brett Doe extended his career-long hitting streak to nine games. It's the longest hitting streak any Baylor player has had this season by four games.
*Matt Menard extended his career-high on-base streak to seven games and has now tied a career-high hitting streak at four. He went 2-for-4 with a triple, double and two runs scored. The triple marked the first of his career. His sixth multi-hit game put him in a tie for the team lead with Adam Toth.
*Adam Toth extended his hitting streak to four games.
*Logan Brown has now reached base in three straight games. He went 2-for-3 with his fourth steal.
*Aaron Dodson hit his first collegiate home run with the three-run blast in the fourth inning. His four RBI on the day marked a career high.
*Doug Ashby extended his career-high scoreless appearance streak to 11 and has yet to give up an earned run all season. During the stretch he's thrown 12 innings while allowing 11 hits and five walks with seven strikeouts.
*Josh Michalec is now a perfect 10-for-10 in career save chances as all 10 saves have come in 2014. He entered the week ranked third in the NCAA in saves. He's closed out 10 of Baylor's 14 wins with six of the saves coming in multi-inning efforts.
STAT OF THE GAME
4 – The amount RBI by Aaron Dodson as he drove in twice as many runs as the Cardinals scored.
TWEET OF THE GAME
@k_MACn: "@BaylorBaseball: B4: Aaron Dodson takes one DEEP over RC wall for 3-run HOMER. BU 4, UIW 1. #AaronItOut" atta baby
"To see [Aaron] Dodson take as good of an at-bat as he did and take as good of a swing as he did [in the fourth inning] is encouraging. For us to be able to score three runs on one swing is great because we haven't been able to do that much, if at all. I really thought [Logan] Brown did well, too. He had two great bunts and he also got on top of a breaking ball for a hit through the left side. When he gets on base, it really puts pressure on the other team and gives us a lot of options. It was really good to see him have something good happen for him at the plate." – BU head coach Steve Smith
Baylor faces UIW again tomorrow at 4 p.m. CT before going on the road this weekend to face Texas. BU will throw LHP Daniel Castano (2-1, 2.81 ERA) against UIW LHP Chris Jones (0-0, 4.82 ERA).