WACO, Texas – Baylor baseball fell 7-2 to No. 22 Sam Houston State on Tuesday evening at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (8-6) and Bearkats (13-4) were tied entering the eighth but SHSU rallied for five runs in the last two innings to pick up the win.
BU struck first in the third. Tucker Cascadden and Cole Haring walked to begin the inning and Davion Downey reached on a bunt error to load the bases with no outs. Shea Langeliers walked to force in a run and Davis Wendzel hit a sacrifice fly, but an unlucky line-drive double play ended the rally.
SHSU answered in its next chance with two runs in the fourth on a walk and three hits.
Then came a tough eighth inning. A leadoff walk and double gave the Bearkats the lead. A single, bunt single and error and another single scored three more runs.
SHSU added to the lead with a home run in the ninth.
SHSU reliever Nick Mikolajchak (2-2) earned the win, giving up two hits and two walks in four scoreless innings. Dakota Mills tossed the final two scoreless innings to earn his second save. BU reliever Ryan Leckich (2-1) took the loss, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk without recording an out.
*Baylor had won five straight games.
*Baylor is 3-1 on its current seven-game home stand.
*Baylor is 18-9 midweek games under third-year head coach Steve Rodriguez with a 12-8 home mark and 6-1 road record. BU is 1-1 this season (1-0 on road, 0-1 at home).
*Baylor is has finished its home schedule with a .500 record or better (5-2 in 2018) in all 19 seasons at Baylor Ballpark (since 1999) and is 421-195 all-time at the park.
*Baylor is 13-22 against ranked opponents under Rodriguez (1-4, in 2018, 7-10 in 2017, 5-8 in 2016) and is 3-6 in three-game series against ranked foes. BU's last win over a ranked opponent was Feb. 24 at No. 11 UCLA (8-6) and last series win over a ranked opponent was vs. No. 23 Houston on March 10-12, 2017.
*Baylor is 11-17 under Rodriguez against Baseball America ranked opponents (1-4 in 2018, 7-9 in 2017, 3-4 in 2016) and is 2-5 in three-game series against ranked foes. BU's last win over a Baseball America ranked opponent was Feb. 24 at No. 11 UCLA (8-6) and last series win over a Baseball America ranked opponent was vs. No. 23 Houston on March 10-12, 2017.
*Baylor is 205-305-1 all-time against Baseball America ranked opponents and 173-258-1 in regular season play.
*Jacob Ashkinos tossed a career-high four innings and had a career-best six strikeouts.
*Davion Downey has reached base in nine straight games.
*Nick Loftin has reached base in seven straight games.
*Tucker Cascadden has reached base in five straight games.
*Davis Wendzel has reached base in three straight games.
STAT OF THE GAME
5.1 – The amount of innings until Baylor received its first hit despite already scoring two runs as Andy Thomas roped a double.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“There was a lot of things I said to the team afterwards, but the biggest thing was that [Sam Houston State] came in and they did a phenomenal job. They have an older club, a veteran club, a lot of guys back from last year. Every guy on the lineup is a junior or senior, and they played like it. There were certain times in the game where our lack of maturity on the field really showed.” – Baylor Head Coach Steve Rodriguez
The Bears finish their season-long, seven-game home stand this weekend with a series against No. 8 Texas Tech. Games are set for 6:35 p.m. CT Friday, 2:05 p.m. Saturday and 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Baylor Ballpark. For tickets to home games, visit: /tickets/. For updates on the program follow @baylorbaseball on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.