WACO, Texas – The Bears dropped a midweek matchup with Texas State, 12-2 in eight innings on Tuesday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.
The Bears (8-4) got on the board first, jumping out to a 2-0 lead after putting up a run in the first and a run in the third, but were unable to fight off Texas State (9-4) down the stretch.
Davion Downey made his first start in right field since opening day and led the Bears with a 2-for-4 day at the plate. Mack Mueller and Hunter Seay each drove in a run on the day for the Bears.
The Bobcats (9-4) got on the board in the fourth inning, putting up four runs to jump out to a 4-2 lead and never looked back, as they added one in the fifth, four in the sixth, two in the seventh and one in the eighth to score 12 unanswered runs against BU’s bullpen.
Texas State relied on the long ball, connecting on three home runs on the day. Designated hitter Wesley Faison connected on two homers, first a three-run home run in the sixth and a solo shot in the eighth. John Wuthrich added a two-run homer in the seventh inning.
The Bobcats also took advantage of an uncharacteristic six wild pitches on the day from the Baylor bullpen.
Reliever Anderson Needham, who gave up four runs in 1.2 innings of work out of the bullpen, scattering two hits and walking two took the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year.
Senior Jacob Ashkinos, Blake Helton, Jonathan Pierce and Brooks Helmer also made appearances out of the bullpen down the stretch.
Texas State starter Tony Robie threw 6.0 innings of work in the victory, settling in after giving up a run in the first and a run in the third to scatter four hits, walking one and striking out another as he improved to 2-0 on the year.
STAT OF THE DAY
2 – Davion Downey led the Bears with two hits on the day as he returned from an injury as an outfield starter in the game.
The Bears head out for their first road test of the year as they visit Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., for three starting Friday, March 6 at 8 p.m. CT.