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Baylor looks for series victory in second game against Texas Tech

April 19, 2019
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STORY LINES

• Baylor took game one of the series in extra innings on Thursday, 11-10

• Overall, the Bears tallied 11 runs on 14 hits, with five extra base hits. For the second-straight game the Bears did not outhit their opponent, but still took the win. Outfielder Mack Mueller was outstanding on the day, going 2-for-4 with a career-high five RBIs. Both of his hits were for extra bases as he brought home the third run of the second inning on an RBI double and then delivered a huge two-out grand slam in the bottom of the third, his first as a Bear and second homer of the year. 

• The Bears jumped out to a 9-3 lead after plating three in the second, four in the third and two in the fourth inning. The three runs in the second came off an RBI single by Cole Haring, a sac fly by Bissonette and an RBI double from Mueller. The four runs in the third came off Mueller’s two-out, full-count grand slam and the two in the fourth came off another big fly, this time as Wendzel delivered a two-run homer.

• Closer Kyle Hill tossed a season-high 3.1 innings in relief, striking out a season-best six batters. Those six strikeouts in relief are a career-high. 

HOW TO WATCH AND STREAM

Friday’s game will be televised nationally on FS1. 

PROJECTED PITCHING MATCHUPS

Friday, April 19 • 6:30 p.m. CT • LHP Paul Dickens (4-1, 3.56 ERA) vs. RHP Micah Dallas (3-0, 3.66 ERA)

Saturday, April 20 • 2:00 p.m. CT • TBD vs. RHP Caleb Killian (5-2, 4.53 ERA)

AGAINST TEXAS TECH

• The Red Raiders entered the weekend tied for fourth in the Big 12 standings at 6-6. The Bears are 4-6 against the Red Raiders under the direction of fourth-year head coach Steve Rodriguez. The Bears took two-of-three in 2018 from the Red Raiders in Waco last season, but in Rod’s one trip to Lubbock in 2017 the Bears dropped the first two before salvaging the weekend with a game three victory. Overall the Bears have not won a series in Lubbock since 2010 and are 4-8 in conference series in Lubbock since 2009. In 2010 the Bears won game one, 6-2, lost game two, 5-3, before taking the rubber game, 12-5. 

TOPS IN THE CONFERENCE 

• The Bears remain in first place in the Big 12 with a record of 9-3 and have won three-of-four series so far (the fourth series was a two-game split with Texas). The Bears started conference play 5-1, the best start to conference under Coach Rodriguez and the best over the first two weekends of the season since starting 6-0 in 2012. 

IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS

• The Bears entered the weekend ranked 32nd in scoring (7.1) and boast a top 25 pitching staff (17th in ERA). The Bears boast the seventh-highest batting average in the nation (.313), 16th in total hits (391), ninth with 2.31 doubles per game, ninth with 81 total doubles, 11th in slugging percentage (.482), 25th in on-base percentage (0.399) and 32nd in scoring (7.1). The Bears’ fielding percentage of 0.98 ranks 15th nationally. On the mound the Bears rank 17th in ERA (3.3), seventh with just 6.94 hits allowed per nine innings and 29th with a WHIP of 1.28. 

Discussion from...

Baylor looks for series victory in second game against Texas Tech

CTbruin
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Kyle is done for the weekend more than likely. Time for someone else to step up.

2 of 3 in Lubbock would be huge.
CTbruin
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Dickens has control issues in 2nd.

Tech has bases loaded with 1 out
jdrs
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Huge catch by Cunningham for 2nd out. 1 run scored
CTbruin
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Cunningham makes great catch against the CF wall.

1 run scores

1-1 after 2
jdrs
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Great job Cunningham for 3rd out. Whew, could have been a bad inning.
MrGolfguy
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Bears lead 2-1 after 5
I have only come here seeking knowledge
That they would not teach me of in college
CTbruin
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Dickens throws 110 pitches through 6. Gives up 1 run.

Nice outing especially since he didn't have great control.

Bears up 2-1
Baylor3216
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We got anyone left in the bullpen that can close this out?
CTbruin
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I imagine it will be by committee
MrGolfguy
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I offer my kudos to Dickens for his 6 inning dandy - 1 run on only 2 hits

Bears lead 2-1 thru 7
I have only come here seeking knowledge
That they would not teach me of in college
Baylor3216
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Need. More. Runs.
CTbruin
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Boyd taken out with injury. 2 outs bottom 8.

Replaced by Freeman who is coming back from injury
CTbruin
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Walk and single put runners on corners with 2 outs

Don't get bringing in Freeman. Limited innings on the year
CTbruin
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4 pitch walk

Bases loaded
Team America
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What a disaster
Baylor3216
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Annnnd here's where it all comes apart
Baylor3216
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Another VERY curious smitty like decision by RRod managing the bullpen
CTbruin
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This is on Rod
Baylor3216
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He's gonna walk in the tying run
CTbruin
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Baylor3216 said:

Another VERY curious smitty like decision by RRod managing the bullpen


Wrong. Smitty would never do this
Team America
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Baylor3216 said:

He's gonna walk in the tying run



And the winning run.
CTbruin
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Great play by Loftin

2-2 going to 9
Team America
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Team America said:

Baylor3216 said:

He's gonna walk in the tying run



Glad I was wrong. Let's score 3 and give ourselves a little cushion.

And the winning run.
Baylor3216
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Wow. I mean seriously. That's who we bringnin 4 puts away from a critical conference win? A guy sitting in the cold night air the last 4 hours coming off an injury? Genius
Baylor3216
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Hopefully he's got someone warming up in the bullpen
Baylor3216
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Logan Freeman back for more. Guess we're out of arms
Team America
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39 pitches...13 strikes
Team America
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He was out
SIC EM 94
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Honestly think he was safe...just get an out here Bears!
Team America
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Well, gave that one away.
SIC EM 94
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Bears lose 3-2
KajunKarlsdad
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Freemen was awful. Twice as many balls as strikes. No way you can let him pitch in the 9th with game tied. Gift for TT.
Bear8084
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Ugh, pitching and not throwing to first gave that away. Rubber match tomorrow, Sic 'Em!!!!
Johnny Bear
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I get it that game one went 11 innings and we used several pitchers including burning Hill, but seriously - was Freeman our best option there - especially as bad as he was in the bottom of the 8th??
Baylor3216
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Zero excise for running him back out there for the 9th. No way he was mentally in a state to go out and succeed.

Unreal
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