WACO, Texas – Duncan Wendel came through in
the clutch for Baylor with a single to center in the ninth that gave the
Bears (7-6) a 5-4 walk-off win over Louisiana Tech on Wednesday evening at Baylor Ballpark. The victory gave BU
its first three-game winning streak of the season and extended its winning streak to seven against the Bulldogs (3-10).
Entering the ninth trailing 4-3, Lawton Langford
drew a leadoff walk off LA Tech reliever Caleb Dudley, who had stymied
the Bears for 5.1 scoreless innings in relief. After failing to get
down a sacrifice bunt, Cal Towey laced a single
just off Tyler Ervine's glove at first base to move Langford to third.
Then with Wendel at the plate, a wild pitch scored Langford and moved
Towey to second. Wendel followed three pitches later with his first
walk-off hit in any level of baseball on a fastball
down the middle to give Baylor its second walk-off win in the last
eight days and third comeback win of the season.
Doug Ashby (1-0) was the beneficiary of Wendel's
hit as he picked up his first career win in an outstanding relief
effort. The junior pitched a career-high 2.2 innings, allowed just one
base runner on a walk and struck out a career-best
Prior to falling behind, Baylor jumped out to a 3-0
lead. The first run came in the first inning on an RBI single by Adam
Toth that scored Towey after a two-out walk. The other two runs were a
part of another two-out rally in the second.
Following a Logan Brown bunt single and Langford hit-by-pitch, Towey
singled up the middle to score Brown and extend his career-high RBI
streak to nine games. Wendel backed it up with another RBI single up
The Bulldogs rallied in the next three innings to
grab the lead, scoring two in the third and a run each in the fourth and
fifth. Sam Alvis hit a one-out solo home run in the third and a
throwing error by BU starter Sterling Wynn scored
the second run. The fourth-inning run came on a Kody Neel groundout
after a double and single. In the fifth, a double by Taylor Terrasas
scored an unearned run after Colby Johnson reached on an error.
From there, however, Kolt Browder and Ashby held LA
Tech scoreless over the final four frames. Browder tossed three
innings, allowing the unearned run on a hit and walk with one
strikeout. He came in to relieve Wynn, who took a no-decision
after surrendering three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk in
"Both Ashby and Browder were pretty sharp today,"
BU Head Coach Steve Smith said. "It is obvious Sterling has a good
arm. He has nice stuff. He gave up the home run, the double and had a
fielding error, but he is learning on the job. You
have still got to be encouraged with the stuff that he has got. We are
just trying to get it done with what we have. Everybody is going to get
their chance; they just have to be ready. Tonight,
Browder got his chance, and Ashby got another chance and both
were up to it. We are not short of bodies, we have just been short of
performers and these last two days we have got some decent
Dudley (0-3) was tagged with the loss, giving up
the two runs on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 5.1
innings. Bulldogs starter Omar Ugarte had a no-decision as he gave up
three runs on four hits and four walks with one
strikeout in 2.2 innings.
Baylor's three, four and five hitters each went
2-for-4 with at least one RBI. Towey scored twice and drove in one.
Wendel drove in two and had a steal. Toth drove in one and stole two
bases. Wes Mercurio and Brown had BU's other two
The Bears continue a six-game home stand this weekend with a three-game series versus Illinois. Games are set for 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in a Saturday doubleheader.