Baylor baseball pulled off quite a win in a 10-9 decision over No. 6 Texas Tech on Sunday afternoon at Griffin Park. The Bears (20-12, 3-6) scored six runs in the ninth to salvage the series finale over the Red Raiders (28-7, 6-3).
Trailing 4-0 after the first inning, it was the Aaron Dodson show for Baylor. Dodson launched a solo home run in the second, and after a three-run third by TTU, he blasted another solo shot in the fourth to keep the Bears within striking distance at 7-2.
In the fifth, Baylor scored two runs on a Dodson RBI ground out and two-out RBI single by Davis Wendzel, but the Red Raiders countered with two runs in the bottom half.
Then came an amazing top of the ninth for the Bears. Matt Menard started the incredible rally with an HBP and Shea Langeliers followed with a walk. After a pitching change and out, Dodson smashed another homer to cut the TTU lead to 9-7.
Wendzel kept the rally going with a walk after Dodson’s long ball to set up a game-tying, two-run homer by Richard Cunningham. Following another pitching change, Josh Bissonette walked and moved to third on an infield single by Tucker Johnson. T.J. Raguse then brought in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly and closer Troy Montemayor left two on in the ninth to secure the win.
BU reliever Hunter Seay (1-0) earned the win, giving up no runs on two pitches to record the final out of the eighth. Montemayor picked up his eighth save with two hits and a strikeout in the ninth. TTU reliever Jose Quezada (3-3) took the loss, surrendering a run on two hits and one walk in 0.2 innings.
*Baylor is 20-12 through 32 games for the first time since a 25-7 mark in 2012.
*Baylor overcame a deficit of three or more runs in the ninth to win for the first time since May 21, 2010 vs. Oklahoma State and did so on the road for the first time since May 29, 2007 at Texas A&M.
*Baylor hit four home runs in a game for the first time since doing the same at Kansas on April 3, 2011.
*Baylor is 7-5 away from Baylor Ballpark this season (5-4 on road, 2-1 in neutral sites).
*Baylor is 6-6 against ranked teams this season.
*Baylor is 4-5 this season and 7-9 under Steve Rodriguez against Baseball America ranked teams (TTU is No. 6) and 201-297-1 all-time, including a 36-45 mark since 2011.
*Baylor is 1-3 this season (No. 4 LSU) and 91-150 all-time against Baseball America top 10 teams with its last win and series win coming in Waco vs. No. 10 TCU (2-1) on May 13-15, 2016.
*Baylor has lost its last four three-game series of the season and winning three in a row with two sweeps to begin the 2017 campaign.
*Senior first baseman Aaron Dodson had his first career multi-home run game as he hit his third, fourth and fifth this season and 13th, 14th and 15th of his career – it’s the second multi-homer game this season from a Bear (Shea Langeliers April 2 at Washington) and first three-homer game since Josh Ludy at Kansas State on April 15, 2012.
*Dodson’s six RBI and 12 total bases were both career highs as he notched his sixth multi-hit game and team-high-tying fifth multi-RBI game.
*Sophomore center fielder Richard Cunningham has a three-game hitting streak as he hit his second home run of the season and seventh of his career to give him four multi-RBI games.
*Sophomore outfielder T.J. Raguse has a career-high 12-game on-base streak and a three-game hitting streak.
*Junior right fielder Kameron Esthay has a five-game hitting streak as he posted his ninth multi-hit game.
*Freshman catcher Shea Langeliers had his team-high 10th multi-hit game.
*Sophomore second baseman Josh Bissonette registered his eighth multi-hit game.
*Freshman LHP Hunter Seay earned his first career win.
*Junior preseason All-American and NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List member closer Troy Montemayor tallied his eighth save this season. He converted his first eight career save attempts last season, and after blowing a save in his 9th attempt, had converted 12 straight and now has converted 13 of his last 14 tries. He's 22-for-24 in converting save attempts in his career. He's now ranked third on Baylor's career saves list (22).
STAT OF THE GAME
6 – The amount of RBI by Aaron Dodson and the amount of runs scored by Baylor in the ninth inning to win the game.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“In this game, especially a game like this, you just have to realize the anything can happen at any given time. With the wind like it was, routine balls were flying out, you just had to get the ball up in the air. Our guys had some unbelievable at-bats. Hopefully a win like this helps our players realize that they have what it takes.” – Head Coach Steve Rodriguez
Baylor returns home for a five-game home stand, starting with a 6:35 p.m. CT game vs. Sam Houston State on Tuesday at Baylor Ballpark.