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Baseball Dominates in Series Opener at No. 5 Texas Tech, 12-4

April 24, 2021
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LUBBOCK, Texas – The Baylor baseball team picked up a big series-opening 12-4 win over No. 5 Texas Tech in front of a sold-out crowd on Friday night at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock, Texas. The Bears (25-12, 6-7 Big 12) won its third-straight series opener against the Red Raiders (26-9, 7-6 Big 12).

Baylor exploded offensively in the second inning after fifth-year senior Andy Thomas led the frame off with a single, while second-year freshman Cade Currington crushed a two-run homer to left field to give BU the 2-0 advantage. The Bears followed up with three straight hits, including second-year freshman Kyle Nevin roping an RBI-double to right center to push it to 3-0. In the next at-bat, first baseman Chase Wehsener lofted an RBI-single to make it 4-0.

Later in the inning, second-year freshman Tre Richardson slapped a single to center to bring home newcomer Jack Pineda who walked earlier in the frame. A bases loaded walk from Currington capped the inning with Baylor leading 6-0.

Texas Tech scratched across a run in the bottom of the second, but BU quickly responded as Wehsener smacked a solo homer to left center to make it 7-1. The Red Raiders added another run in the fourth to trim it back to a five-run game.

In the seventh, fourth-year junior Davion Downey got in on the action with his fifth home run of the season, giving the Bears an 8-2 lead. After Tech answered with a run in the home-half, Baylor put the game away in the eighth. Wehsener started the scoring off with a leadoff double, while Pineda brought him home with a home run to push the score to 10-3. A few batters later, Andy Thomas used a double to keep his 13-game RBI streak alive and make it 11-3 in favor of BU.

Each team scored a run in the ninth as Baylor took the Friday night victory, 12-4.

Baylor starter Tyler Thomas (5-2) was solid on the mound for BU after throwing six innings while allowing two runs on four hits and two walks and striking out seven. Texas Tech starter Patrick Monteverde (6-2) was tabbed with his second loss of the season.

NOTES

• The Bears have won three-straight series openers against Texas Tech.

• Baylor earned its first road win over a nationally-ranked opponent.

• The Bears have won 12-of-14 games, including five of their last seven Big 12 games.

• BU is now 6-9 away from Baylor Ballpark.

• The Bears tied their season-high with four home runs, with their first coming in the season opener at UTRGV on Feb. 21.

• Six of Baylor’s hitters had multi-hit games.

• Currington hit his second career home run and his first in conference play.

• Wehsener finished the night a triple short of the cycle. He went 3-for-4 with a career-high four runs scored and two RBI.

• Wehsener hit his third home run of the season and sixth of his career.

• Downey smacked his fifth homer of the year and 15 of his career.

• Since moving to the leadoff spot in the lineup, Pineda has hit three home runs.

• Andy Thomas has had an RBI in each of his last 13 games. He ended the game 3-for 5.

• Pineda, Downey and Nevin all finished 2-for-5.

• Tyler Thomas is 3-0 in his last five starts on the mound.

WHAT’S NEXT
The two teams will play the second game of the series on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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