#2 seed Baylor gets the must win victory and advances 11-5, eliminating #4 seed Wright State from the Stanford regional.
Baylor started out the scoring for the day in the top of the 1st inning with Richard Cunningham getting on base off a double followed with Davis Wendzel driving him in with an RBI double of his own. The score sat at 1-0 at the end of the half inning. Wright State quickly matched the score in the bottom of the first to knot the game up at 1-1.
The Bears came right back in the top of the 2nd and reclaimed the lead. Davion Downey got walked and then T.J. Raguse hit a 2 out single to drive in the run, putting Baylor up 2-1.
Baylor kept the scoring moving in the 4th inning. Cole Haring got on with a base hit and was driven in on a T.J. Raguse fielder’s choice error. Raguse then scored off a Nick Loftin RBI double to make it 4-1. Wright State added another run in the bottom of the 4th inning to make the score 4-2.
Wright State scored another run in the 5th to make it 4-3 and then again in the 6th to tie it 4-4. But the Bears offense finally woke up in force starting in the 8th. Baylor took the lead when Davion Downey drove in Shea Langeliers to make it 5-4. The Bears grabbed 3 more runs off of a RBI base hit by Josh Bissonette and a 2 RBI hit by Davis Wendzel to end the 8th up 8-4.
Baylor kept the scoring up in the 9th, as Cole Haring and Josh Bissonette got RBI singles and Nick Loftin added an RBI groundout to make the game 11-4. Wright State got a few base runners and stole home on a wild pitch to make it 11-5, but the Baylor defense held them there to win the matchup.
The story of this game was certainly the Bears’ late game scoring, with the game tied 4-4 going into the 8th and Baylor winning in the 9th with 11 runs.
Baylor will play the loser of the Stanford/Cal State Fullerton matchup in another elimination game tomorrow at 3 PM CT.
BEARS WIN & STAY ALIVE!— Baylor Baseball (@BaylorBaseball) June 3, 2018
Baylor (37-20) eliminates Wright State (39-17) on 8th-inning slash 1B by Davion Downey to kick-start 4-run 8th & 3-run 9th. First BU NCAA postseason win since 2012. BU faces loser of #1 Stanford v #3 Cal St. Fullerton Sunday at 3pm CT.#Elevate #SicEm⚾️ pic.twitter.com/aSIgqwfEkZ
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