Baylor baseball shows youth, falls 11-4 to No. 19 TSU

Baylor baseball falls to Texas State with a tough five-game losing streak on April 12 at the Bobcat Ballpark in San Marcos. Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics

By Michael Haag | Sports Writer

After its season-high five-game win streak was snapped on April 5, Baylor baseball was overwhelmed by No. 19 Texas State University 11-4 Tuesday evening at Bobcat Ballpark to make for five straight losses, all coming on the road. The Bears struck first and hovered around until a five spot in the fourth plunged TSU to a big lead.

Baylor (16-16, 2-7 Big 12) fell victim to youth against a more experienced Bobcats (25-9, 9-3 SBC) team that made sure to capitalize in all facets of the diamond.

“You have to tip your hat to Texas State, they’re a veteran team, veteran offense, older group, and they showed it tonight,” head coach Steve Rodriguez said. “Our younger bullpen, the biggest thing is we’re kind of falling behind [on] guys. We’re not getting strike one early on in the counts and we’re kind of getting behind, and then we have to kind of submit to the count, and the hitter and [TSU] did a good job. That’s what veteran teams do.”

Sophomore outfielder Kyle Nevin was a lone bright spot at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in the first inning.

Things looked promising when the Bears scratched across two early runs, but three TSU homers put the Cats up 5-2 going into the fourth.

The Bears immediately answered with an RBI flyout from sophomore infielder/outfielder Alex Gonzales, but the Bobcats opened the flood gates in the bottom side. It was a five-run fourth inning sparked by two quick walks and a hit by pitch to load the bases with no outs. A single plated two and on came sophomore righty Chandler Freeman.

Freeman struck out the first two batters he saw, but gave up three runs on a pair of doubles before being able to dance out of the jam in his only inning of work.

TSU punched one more in the seventh, matched by a run from Baylor’s final effort in the ninth.

Baylor finally returns home, this time for a three-game set – a bit different due to Easter Sunday – against the University of Kansas. The first game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Baylor Ballpark. The series will move into a 5 p.m. contest on Friday and close out at noon on Saturday. All contests for Easter weekend can still be watched on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ or listened to on ESPN 1660 AM radio.

The Bears are still learning from their losses and hope to bounce back in a big way this weekend.

“The biggest thing, and like I told our guys, is we need to continue to get better,” Rodriguez said. “We need to be honest with ourselves with the results and find a way to improve. As soon as we realize that certain things aren’t working, we need to make sure to make those adjustments.”

Michael Haag
Michael Haag is a third year Journalism student from Floresville, a small town about 30 miles south of San Antonio. Haag is entering his third year at the Lariat and is hoping to continue developing his sports reporting skill set. After graduation, he plans to work on a Master’s degree in Journalism in order to one day teach at the college level. He does, however, plan on becoming a sports reporter for a publication after grad school.