Baylor bullies into Super Regionals
Top-seeded Bears complete sweep of Dallas Baptist to advance
WACO, Texas -- It took four wins in three days, but Baylor won its first NCAA Regional since 2005 by beating Dallas Baptist 8-2 in Monday night’s winner-take-all game at Baylor Ballpark.
Josh Turley and Dillon Newman combined to hold DBU (41-19) to two runs on six hits. Turley allowed two runs in 4.0 innings while starting on two days of rest, and Newman (4-3) finished the job, allowing only one hit in 5.0 innings of relief to earn the win.
“I could not be more proud of our guys for getting that done,” Naylor head coach Steve Smith said. “Any time you have to come back through that kind of route, you are going to need people to do things that they might have not done before, and I think we got that [Sunday] and [Monday].”
Dan Evatt finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored, helping him earn Waco Regional Most Outstanding Player honors. Max Muncy added two hits and two runs scored, as all nine Baylor starters notched hits in the game, and Jake Miller contributed three RBI.
“We proved to ourselves that we can fight back,” Evatt said. “We had our backs against the wall after the first game and we battled and got back. I fully expected to win this thing even after that first game. I know this team. We know who we are and we have been through tough times. We know we can face adversity, and we did just that.”
DBU jumped out to an early lead after a hit batter and two straight singles with one out in the first brought in a run, but Turley escaped the inning without further damage, and the Bears answered immediately.
Muncy led off the second with a single, Josh Ludy walked, and Cal Towey followed with a single to load the bases. Miller drove a sacrifice fly to right field, tying the game and advancing all three runners. Adam Toth then reloaded the bases with a walk, Nathan Orf put the Bears in front when he was hit by a pitch, and Logan Vick collected a RBI walk to give Baylor a 3-1 lead.
Those runs would prove to be enough for Turley and Newman, but the Bears added on one run in the sixth, two in the seventh and two more in the ninth.
The Patriots got three singles in the third to cut Baylor’s lead to 3-2, but Turley again stranded two runners, and he and Newman combined to hold DBU to only an infield single over the final 6.1 innings.
Newman walked three and struck out five, and the only runner to reach scoring position against him came when Boomer Collins led off the eighth with an infield single and advanced to second on a groundout.
DBU got a one-out walk in the ninth, but Vick chased down a deep drive to left-center field for the second out, and he fired back to the infield in time to get Duncan McAlpine before he could return to first base. That game-ending double play sent the crowd of 4,423 into an uproar, as the Bears stormed the field to celebrate their Waco Regional title.
Baylor’s run in the sixth came when Orf knocked a two-out RBI single to score Lawton Langford, extending the lead to 4-2. The Bears added two more in the seventh when Langford’s two-out single plated Ludy, and Miller added a RBI double.
Langford rounded first base after his seventh-inning single, and with both runners holding in front of him, he was caught in a run-down, but he stayed in it long enough to allow Ludy to rush home, and his slide into McAlpine knocked the ball away. Baylor’s ninth-inning runs came on Miller’s bases-loaded walk and an Adam Toth sacrifice fly.
The middle of DBU’s lineup did most of the damage, as Ronnie Mitchell scored both runs, and Collins and Joel Hutter combined for four of the Patriots’ six hits. Cy Sneed (8-5) took the loss after allowing three runs on two hits in 1.2 innings.