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Baylor Athletics | March 9, 2014

Baylor knocks off No. 4 Cal State Fullerton

WACO, Texas -- In the 500th game at Baylor Ballpark, Baylor baseball earned a 1-0 win against No. 4 Cal State Fullerton on Saturday afternoon. The Bears (7-7) allowed the Titans (8-4) just three hits a day after BU was held to three hits in a loss.

The lone run of the game came in the first inning as Darryn Sheppard doubled to left field and was driven in on one of two singles by Adam Toth. From there, the BU pitching staff took over in the form of Brad Kuntz, Doug Ashby and Josh Michalec.

Kuntz (2-0) earned the win after throwing a career-high-tying six innings, allowing two hits and five walks with two strikeouts. The redshirt junior retired the first seven batters of the game before allowing a one-out walk to Tanner Pinkston in the fourth inning. Later in the same frame, he walked another batter but induced a ground out to end it. In the fifth, a walk and single had the tying run in scoring position for the Titans but Kuntz got a fly out to escape. Kuntz's best inning came in the sixth after allowing a leadoff single and walk. He hunkered down for back-to-back strikeouts and got a groundout to end his day.

Ashby got the first two outs of the seventh before leaving the game with a runner on after a single. Michalec finished the frame and then got a much-needed 4-6-3 double play to end the Titans' threat in the eighth. Michalec then worked a flawless ninth for his fifth save.

Cal State Fullerton starter Justin Garza (2-1) took his first loss of the season after allowing one run on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts in five innings.