U: Stasio, Cole (4-2)
L: Davis, Brayden (3-2)
Sophomore INF Hunter Teplanski and freshman INF Colby branch combined for five hits and five RBIs to lead the Bears offensively. Teplanszky hit a game-tying RBI double in the top of the eighth, then scored on Branch’s go-ahead run that proved to be the deciding run.
Junior RHP Cole Stasio closed things out on the mound, going the final 2.1 innings without allowing a baserunner to earn his fourth win of the season.
Teplanszky wasted no time getting things started for BU, blasting a solo home run on the second pitch he saw with just one out in the top of the first.
The Bearkats would tie the game in the bottom of the second on a double steal, then took the lead in the third on a sacrifice bunt.
Baylor tacked on two runs in the top of the fifth to go back in front, 3-2, thanks to back-to-back RBI singles from Teplanszky and Branch, but an RBI triple and a run scored gave the lead back to SHSU in the bottom half of the inning.
In the sixth, a Bearkat throwing error allowed the tying run to cross the plate for BU, then the junior INF/OF Cole Posey broke away to lead the series at 5-4. Once again, Sam Houston answered with the tying run in the bottom half as the score was blocked heading into the final three frames.
An RBI single put the Cats ahead in the bottom of the seventh, but their lead wouldn’t last long as Teplanszky hit a game-tying RBI double with two outs in the top of the eighth. He subsequently scored on Branch’s game-winning single in the first, as Stasio came back to pitch back-to-back 1-2-3 innings and seal the Bears’ first road win of the year.
• Baylor swept the season series against Sam Houston with its 70th all-time wins against the Bearkats.
• BU improved to 6-3 in midweek games this season.
• Baylor improved to 13-5 this season when scoring six or more runs.
• It is the 15thth game this season that BU has played must be decided by two runs or less and the ninth one-run ball game. BU is now 5-4 in one-run games this year.
• In nine of Baylor’s current 14 wins this year, the game has been tied in the seventh inning or later.
• The Bears have collected at least nine hits and nine hits in the same game for 10th time in 2023
• Sophomore INF Hunter Teplanski extended his on-base streak to 25 games and his hitting streak to 13 games with his seventh multi-RBI game of the year.
• Freshman INF Colby branch gathered its presenters in Team 15th multi-hit performance and seventh multi-RBI game of the season.
• Freshman C Walker Polk reached base for the eighth straight game.
• Branch and Jr. INF/OF Cole Posey extended their hitting streaks to six and five games, respectively.
• Freshman O.F Caleb Bergman extended his streak to five games.
• Junior RHP Cole Stasio worked as his team leader 11th scoreless game of the year and his fourth in a row.
• Stasio claimed his fourth team win of the 2023 campaign.
• Junior RHP Anderson Needham make your 10th zero performance for the season.
5 – Hunter Teplanski and Colby branch combined for five hits and five RBIs to lead Baylor to its first road win of 2023.
Head coach Mitch Thompson
First time win…
“It’s a lot more fun to win than to lose. The boys had to really compete hard. I felt like we had a group of guys that came out and threw the ball well on the mound. Our forwards stepped up a lot. They kept battling and we had the big runs and the big two outs to take the lead. The guys that did it for us all year were the ones that ended up being able to handle us in the clutch, and that was big. Definitely a team effort, we played pretty good defense and we’ll take this win 7-6. It will be a happy bus ride.”
Sophomore INF Hunter Teplanski
On your hot spot at the plate…
“To be honest, I felt like I was seeing a beach ball. I was locked in, saw the ball well and was happy to get some good ABs for the team. You always want to do something productive for the team and to be able to do that almost every AB night, there’s really no better feeling than helping your team get a win, especially on the road.”
Freshman INF Colby branch
On his consistency so far this season…
“I don’t know, it was just fun. Something I’ve wanted to do my whole life and I finally got to do it, it was just fun. That’s all, to have fun.”
Baylor (14-23, 5-10) heads to Lubbock to face No. 13 Texas Tech (26-12, 6-6) in a three-game series beginning Friday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. h at Rip Griffin Park.
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