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Views from the Brazos: Baseball takes series from HBU

February 18, 2018
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Current Overall Record: 2-1

Big 12 Conference Record: 0-0

Streak: Won 1

Won 1-0 vs. Houston Baptist

Lost 5-2 vs. Houston Baptist

Won 6-3 vs. Houston Baptist

Player of the Week:

Davis Wendzel, Baylor, So., 3B, 6-0, 205, San Clemente, Calif./Jserra Catholic HS

Wendzel went 6-for-9 (.667) in Baylor’s first three games, with back-to-back three-hit efforts. He scored three runs and drove one in on his first home run of the season. He posted 11 total bases and four walks. In Sunday’s finale, he had three hits, career-high two

Pitcher of the Week:

Cody Bradford, Baylor, So., LHP, 6-3, 195, Aledo, Texas/Aledo HS

Bradford earned the win Friday vs. Houston Baptist, tossing eight innings while allowing one hit and one walk with a career-high eight strikeouts. He helped Baylor post its first one-hitter since March 11, 2011 vs. Louisiana Tech and shutout an opponent in its first game of a season for the first time since a 7-0 win vs. Northwestern State in Waco on Feb. 5, 2000.

Key Notes:

*On Friday, Baylor posted its first one-hitter since March 11, 2011 vs. Louisiana Tech (7-0, Logan Verrett pitched a complete game).

*On Friday, Baylor posted a shutout in its first game of a season for the first time since a 7-0 win vs. Northwestern State in Waco on Feb. 5, 2000.

*Baylor has eight shutouts under third-year head coach Steve Rodriguez (six in 2017, one in 2016). BU's last shutout before Friday was a 10-0 win at UTSA on May 16, 2017.

*On Friday, Baylor notched its first 1-0 win since April 15, 2014 vs. Texas Southern in Waco.

*Baylor has won three of its last four season-opening series and two straight.

*Baylor has 24 multi-home run games under Steve Rodriguez (nine in 2016, 14 in 2017, one in 2018).

*Baylor has hit 88 home runs in 113 games under Rodriguez. BU hit 51 in 2017 for its most homers since 2010 (57).

*In its first three games, Baylor’s pitching staff posted a 1.67 ERA and .138 opponent batting average, allowing eight runs (five earned) on 12 hits and 14 walks with 23 strikeouts in 27 innings.

*Senior preseason All-American closer Troy Montemayor gathered his 27th and 28th career saves to pull within 10 of topping Baylor's career leader Zane Carlson (37, 2000-04). He converted his first eight career save attempts in 2016, and after blowing his ninth try, converted 12 straight before blowing his 22nd attempt. He has converted 19 of his last 20 save tries and eight straight. He is 27-for-29 in career save attempts.

*Sophomore preseason All-American catcher Shea Langeliers and sophomore third baseman Davis Wendzel homered in the same game for the first time in their careers at Baylor on Sunday.

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Views from the Brazos: Baseball takes series from HBU

5,177 Views | 3 Replies | Last: 6 yr ago by Nguyen One Soon
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I'm really going to miss watching Montemayor pitch after he is gone this year. I think this is one guy who has flown under the radar of most Baylor sports fans. He is just a rock solid closer and one of the best relievers I have seen in a Baylor uniform over the last 20 years or so I have been following the baseball program. The best part is he doesn't do it by blowing fastballs by you. Does very well at mixing speeds and location. It's been pretty funny seeing the "This is the best they got?" look on visiting fans faces when this tiny looking kid comes jogging out of the bullpen in huge situations. Zane Carlson was also under 6ft himself. There is just something satisfying about seeing small guys send the 6'5 3-hole hitters back to the bench.
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BeaverFeeder said:

I'm really going to miss watching Montemayor pitch after he is gone this year. I think this is one guy who has flown under the radar of most Baylor sports fans. He is just a rock solid closer and one of the best relievers I have seen in a Baylor uniform over the last 20 years or so I have been following the baseball program. The best part is he doesn't do it by blowing fastballs by you. Does very well at mixing speeds and location. It's been pretty funny seeing the "This is the best they got?" look on visiting fans faces when this tiny looking kid comes jogging out of the bullpen in huge situations. Zane Carlson was also under 6ft himself. There is just something satisfying about seeing small guys send the 6'5 3-hole hitters back to the bench.
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BeaverFeeder said:

I'm really going to miss watching Montemayor pitch after he is gone this year. I think this is one guy who has flown under the radar of most Baylor sports fans. He is just a rock solid closer and one of the best relievers I have seen in a Baylor uniform over the last 20 years or so I have been following the baseball program. The best part is he doesn't do it by blowing fastballs by you. Does very well at mixing speeds and location. It's been pretty funny seeing the "This is the best they got?" look on visiting fans faces when this tiny looking kid comes jogging out of the bullpen in huge situations. Zane Carlson was also under 6ft himself. There is just something satisfying about seeing small guys send the 6'5 3-hole hitters back to the bench.
Great kid. Had already decided on Baylor before offered anything in Baseball. Several times Commissioners Honor Roll and all academic honors. Has a nice baseball resume, including Williamsport. Strauss attributes his success to a high spin rate on the ball and not getting shook. Just like Friday night, the first thing he did was walk the lead off guy, who was then bunted to second. No problem. I think he has ice water in his veins.
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