By Jeffrey Swindoll
After a huge comeback win from the Bears on Friday, the Bears would have to find a way to dig out another comeback against the No. 19 Arizona State Sun Devils. It was not enough this time, as ASU defeated Baylor 7-4 in the second game of the weekend series.
Junior pitcher Brad Kuntz started the game on the mound for Baylor, but only pitched 3.1 innings and was one of five pitchers that pitched for Baylor on Saturday. Kuntz checked out with three strikeouts against 16 at-bats. The Sun Devils put Baylor in a hole early, hitting nearly half of their hits and four runs off of Kuntz.
The Bears went down by three, but the fourth inning was the beginning of Baylor’s rally to tie the game. Freshman outfielder Darryn Sheppard earned his first collegiate home-run in the fourth inning, making it 3-1. Baylor would go on to score another to make it a one-run game.
ASU responded to Baylor’s eventful fourth inning with a run off of a double steal to make it 4-2. Baylor’s junior outfielder Logan Brown blasted a one-out home run to help the Bears cut the deficit to one once again.
Brown ended the night going 2-4 with one hit, one RBI and one run. Sheppard went 3-4 with two hits, one RBI and a run of his own on a homer. ASU won the hit-battle though, 7-12.
Six of Baylor’s batters made up those seven hits, and ASU’s earned their 12 with nine different hitters.
Baylor was able to tied the game 4-4 in the sixth inning, but it was the closest Baylor got in the game as the Sun Devils went on to win 7-4.
The final game of series starts at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.