Baylor Baseball sweeps Xavier and extends the winning streak to eight games

WACO, Texas – The Baylor baseball team extended their winning streak to eight games and ended the sweep after knocking out Xavier 10-0 at Baylor Ballpark on Sunday. The Bears (10-4) won their second weekend series in a row with today’s win over the Musketeers (3-7).

FRIDAY – Baylor 7, Xavier 3

With an eighth four-run inning, Baylor Baseball defeated Xavier at Baylor Ballpark on Friday night. The bears (8-4) defeated the Musketeers (3-5) in the first meeting between the two programs.

The offenses started slowly for both sides until sophomore freshman Jared McKenzie used an RBI ground-out to give BU a 1-0 lead in the third inning.

Later in the fifth, first baseman Chase Wehsener hit an RBI double to double Baylor’s lead to 2-0.

Xavier responded with three runs in the top of the sixth to take the short 3-2 lead, but Baylor linked the thing in the home half with an RBI double courtesy of third baseman Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo.

In the eighth, the bears took a run on an RBI single from Cardoza-Oquendo to give BU the 4-3 advantage. Baylor wasn’t done yet as a wild pitch allowed fifth year senior Andy Thomas to score from third place. Later in the frame enabled an RBI single from Cam Caley’s first college at bat and another RBI single from Wehsener Baylor to consolidate their lead at 7-3, the later final.

To relief, fifth-year senior Logan Freeman (1-1) scored his first win of the season after throwing two goalless innings while Doravier Chatham (0-1) was defeated by Xavier. Baylor starter Tyler Thomas made a solid six innings appearance, allowing three runs, two earned and nine batters. His nine strikes tied the career he set up against Memphis last Saturday.

SATURDAY – Baylor 11, Xavier 4

With a seven-run explosion in the seventh inning, Baylor secured his seventh straight win after beating Xavier 11-4 at Baylor Ballpark on Saturday. The bears (9-4) have won the series against the Musketeers (3-6) and will start the series sweep tomorrow afternoon.

After a slow first inning, the Bears stepped onto the board in the second inning after Antonia Valdez’s base goal put Baylor 2-0 up in two runs in the first year. Xavier came back in the third inning and linked the game 2-2.

By the end of the fourth inning, Baylor took the 3-2 lead after real freshman Alex Gonzales knocked out to bring home first baseman Chase Wehsener.

Xavier took a short lead in the sixth inning and led Baylor 4-3.

The Bears responded with a big seventh inning when fifth year senior Andy Thomas hit an RBI single, followed by Cade Currington, a sophomore freshman who beat an RBI double to give Baylor a 5-4 lead bring to. Later in the inning, sophomore freshman Jared Mackenzie hit a three on the left field line that took two home. During the seventh inning, Baylor scored a total of seven runs to open the game 10-4.

In the eighth inning, sophomore freshman Nolan Rodriguez had a triple on the left field line in his first career and was brought home by a sacrificial fly from Wehsener that put Baylor 11-4 ahead.

Fifth year senior Jimmy Winston (2-1) took the win after throwing 4.2 innings for relief while allowing only one deserved run and scoring five hits. Jonathan Kelly (0-1) from Xavier took on the loss. Baylor starter Blake Helton hurled 3.1 innings by allowing two runs with three hits and fanning three.

SUNDAY – Baylor 10, Xavier 0

The Baylor baseball team extended their winning streak to eight games and ended the sweep after knocking out Xavier 10-0 at Baylor Ballpark on Sunday. The Bears (10-4) won their second weekend series in a row with today’s win over the Musketeers (3-7).

The Bears started strong, taking an early 2-0 lead in the first inning after sophomore freshman Tre Richardson used an RBI groundout to score a goal and newcomer Antonio Valdez hit an RBI single the right side.

Later in the fourth or fourth year, Junior Davion Downey converted his first home run of the season to right field for a two-run shot that doubled Baylor’s lead to 4-0. In the sixth or fifth year, Andy Thomas hit a solo homer to the right and extended the BU advantage to 5-0. Downey followed on a sacrificial fly to meet Valdez, who doubled down earlier in the frame.

In the seventh, second baseman Jack Pineda had an RBI single to lead sophomore freshman Jared McKenzie to 7-0. The Bears pushed the game away in game eight after real freshman Cam Caley hit his first home run of his career, a three-shot, 10-0.

Fifth-year senior Hayden Kettler (1-0) was near perfect on the mound after allowing only two hits and no walks, while scoring seven hits in a career tying seven innings of scoreless baseballs. Baylor aides Logan Freeman and Jacob Askinos ended the game to score a two-hit shutout. Xavier’s Ethan Bosacker (1-1) was burdened with the defeat.

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