By Jordan Smith | Sports Editor
The Baylor Bears baseball squad took the win on Monday night against the Nevada Wolf Pack by a final score of 6-0.
With the win, Baylor starts out the season with a 4-0 record. This is the first time since the 2012 season where the Bears started out with a 4-0 record. In 2012, the Bears started out 6-0.
This was also Baylor’s first shutout win since a 4-0 win against Wofford on April 6, 2016.
In the game, left-handed junior outfielder and first baseman Kameron Esthay went two for three, driving in two RBI’s (runners batted in) and getting a triple in the game as well. Esthay also got on base with a walk.
Baylor baseball head coach Steve Rodriguez complimented freshman RHP (right handed pitcher) Luke Boyd on a good performance in his first ever start.
“Luke Boyd mostly pitched tonight like we know he has the ability to,” Rodriguez said. “He got himself into some tough jams early, but he was able to compete through it. I think there’s still some things he can work on, but what’s great is that he was able to get through five innings and be able to do some really good things.”
Boyd finished the game with the win in 5.0 innings of work, only giving up three hits and allowing only three walks in the game. Boyd threw two strikeouts and forced seven groundouts in the game.
This is the first time in Rodriguez’s career that he has started out with a 4-0 record since coming to Baylor last season. One key player in the game was Tucker Cascadden, who went only 1-for-4 in the game. However, his lone hit in the game drove in a run to help Baylor’s offense and keep the lead heavy.
Rodriguez gave credit to the offensive game of the Baylor Bears in helping out Boyd feel more comfortable in his start.
“On offense, we took advantage of some early errors and we were able to manufacture some runs late. We got some big hits by [Tucker] Cascadden and Kameron Esthay and were just able to execute, and that was really the key for us,” Rodriguez said.
Baylor hits the road and takes on the Texas State Bobcats in a one-game road trip at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in San Marcos.