"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are, you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference."
â€• Tommy Lasorda
I don't know who this "Lasorda" guy is, but forget him! We're going undefeated! That's right, Baylor Baseball may never lose again... Well, okay, we will (and it's true... probably at least a third of our games), but 3 and 0 is a pretty good way to start. Our series with Oral Roberts couldn't have gone any better, as we defeated them 3-2 on Friday night and 3-2, 8-1 in our Sunday doubleheader. Quality pitching and timely hitting were the keys to our success, and they will continue to be throughout the season. I'll have some thoughts on our team after the jump, but first, some details about the weekend.
In Game One, Bears starter Josh Turley went 4.2 innings, giving up 5 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs while striking out 2. The runs were unearned because of throwing error by 1b Max Muncy (who totally redeemed himself in the batter's box). It was a strong start, and hopefully, one that Turley can build on. Turley was relieved (very well) by Trent Blank, who didn't allow a run in 3.1 innings, and Dillon Newman, who closed the game with a perfect one-two-three inning, including 2 strikeouts.
On the offensive side, Muncy had a typically productive game going 2-2 with 2 walks and a run scored. Muncy is easily our best player this year, and you'll be reading his name a lot in recaps (and probably in the MLB draft this summer). Backing Muncy up was catcher Josh Ludy, who went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI. The rest of the offense was pretty quiet.
In Game Two on Sunday, the Bears used a trio of pitchers (Max Garner, Tyler Bremer, and Joey Hainsfurther) to hold Oral Roberts to 2 runs on 7 hits. I was excited to see Hainsfurther's name in the box score, but I'm a little surprised that he didn't play more this series. He has been a real weapon for us with the bat the last few years. I have to wonder if he's coming off an injury. Hopefully, we'll see him in the lineup as the season progresses.
The offense was very similar to Game One of the series: Muncy 1-3, run, RBI. Ludy 2-4 with a run scored. One thing that I love to see is Logan Vick getting in on the action with a 1-2 with 2 walks and an RBI performance. I'll have some more thoughts on him after the jump.
Game Three on Sunday was a very different affair. Starter Brad Kuntz was very impressive, going 5 innings and allowing 1 run on only 2 hits and a walk. Oh, and he struck out 6. That's good stuff. Kuntz, a lefty, was a reliever last year. Hopefully he can make a successful transition to starter and give us another quality lefty to follow Turley.
Offensively, we straight up brought out the lumber. Muncy (3-4, 3 RBI, Run, Double) and Ludy (2-3, 2 RBI, Double) both had great games at the plate (where have I heard that before?). They were joined by Freshmen Outfielders Michael Howard (1-2, 2 Runs, 2 walks) and Adam Toth (2-3, 2 Runs, RBI, Triple) and Sophomore 2b Lawton Langford (2-4, Run, RBI, Double).
Now, a few thoughts (questions) about the coming season: