|TEXAS TECH (43-14)
Baylor baseball fell for the second consecutive morning at the Big 12 Tournament, losing a tightly contested game to #4 Texas Tech by a score of 4-1. With the loss, Baylor is eliminated from the tournament.
Texas Tech would get on the board first in the bottom of the 2nd inning, scoring 3 runs off of Baylor starter Montana Parsons. The inning was highlighted by a 2 run homer off the bat of Orlando Garcia, who killed the Bears when the two teams met in Lubbock in early April. Parsons would settle in nicely though, putting together a quality start with just the 3 runs allowed over 6 innings with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. You could certainly make the case that Parsons should get the ball in Baylor's opener should the Bears be invited to the NCAA Tournament.
But the story of this game was the Bears' inability to push runs across despite having chance after chance throughout the game. In fact, Baylor put a runner in scoring position in all 9 innings. Yet Tech pitchers were able to wriggle off the hook each time the Bears got them into trouble. Tech starter and Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Steven Gingery got a couple key double play balls to stem Baylor rallies and also got a favorable call to end the 4th inning when Davis Wendzel was called out trying to steal second base even though replays made it very clear that Wendzel beat the tag.
Baylor finally broke through in the 7th when Richard Cunningham hit an RBI double off the right field wall to score T.J. Raguse to make it 3-1. However, Shea Langeliers and Kameron Esthay both struck out with the tying runs on base to end that threat. On the day, the Bears were a brutal 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position. Bears' closer Troy Montemayor came on to pitch the 7th and 8th, giving up a solo homer to Cody Farhat to account for Tech's fourth run of the day.
So perhaps the 9:00 AM game is not the BU cup of tea as Baylor is done after two early morning losses in Oklahoma City by a combined score of 15-2. The Bears will now wait around until Monday to see their possible selection to an NCAA regional. Despite the quick exit in the Big 12 Tournament, Baylor has a 34-21 record overall with an RPI of 21, which makes it likely that the Bears will make their first regional appearance since 2012.