By Daniel Wallace
One-third of Baylor’s wins this season have come in the last at bat. The latest dramatic victory was a walk-off win against Kansas State on Friday night, giving them their fifth walk-off of the season. Senior Chris Slater roped a double down the right field line in the to score senior shortstop Landis Ware and capped off the defeat of the Wildcats, 5-4.
Pinch-hitter freshman Lawton Langford reached on a fielding error to start the rally in the ninth, with the Bears trailing 4-3. Two batters later, Ware singled to right-center field to score Langford and tie the game. After a stolen base that moved him into scoring position, Ware came home easily as Slater’s line drive dropped just to the left of the foul line in right field, and the mob began as the team rushed onto the field to celebrate the come-from-behind victory.
Starting pitcher junior Logan Verrett tossed seven innings and six were scoreless. In the third inning, the Wildcats were able to score 4 runs on Verrett, but that would be the only inning they would do damage at the plate. They started the inning with four of the first five batters hitting a single or double. The other batter was hit by a pitch.
Sophomore Max Muncy drove in the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning scorching a line drive to right center field for a triple; he scored Slater who earlier singled.
Relief pitcher sophomore Max Garner recorded his first win of the season, pitching two scoreless innings to close the game. The Wildcats fell to 0-4 in Big 12 play this season, while the Bears improved to 2-2. The no. 21 Bears improved to 15-7 overall.