WACO, Texas — Baylor baseball dropped game two against Kansas State, 10-3, on Saturday at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (28-14, 8-9 Big 12) were tied with the Wildcats (28-17, 7-10 Big 12) going into the ninth inning when K-State put up a seven-spot in the top half.
The Bears jumped out to an early lead when fourth-year junior Davion Downey smacked his sixth home run of the season to make it 1-0 in the second. The Bears added another run after junior Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo used an RBI-single to double the BU lead after two innings.
Kansas State responded with a solo home run of its own in the third to trim the deficit to 2-1.
Both teams were held in check until the bottom of the sixth inning, where sophomore Jack Pineda came up with an RBI-single to push the advantage to 3-1. Once again, the Wildcats had a response with two runs in the seventh to knot things at 3-3.
In the ninth, K-State sealed the win with seven runs in the inning.
Baylor starter Cam Caley was fantastic on the mound throwing a career-long 5.2 innings, while only allowing one run on two hits, one walk and striking out five. K-State reliever Eric Torres (3-0) earned the win, while fifth-year senior Ryan Leckich (2-1) was tabbed with his first loss in 2021.
- Baylor is 21-4 this season at Baylor Ballpark.
- True freshman Cam Caley threw a career-best 5.2 innings.
- Caley has only allowed two runs in his last six appearances (19.1 IP).
- Cardoza-Oquendo finished the night 3-for-4 with one RBI.
- Second-year freshman Tre Richardson and fifth-year senior Andy Thomas finished with two hits apiece.
QUOTE FROM COACH ROD
“Our guys competed really well against a possible first round pick (Jordan Wicks). He’s a really good pitcher, throws a lot of pitches for strikes, up to mid-nineties on his fastball and does a really great job with his breaking ball. I thought our guys did a really great job of getting on top of him. They competed their butts off and I was really happy about that. We made some mistakes in regards to defense and team stuff but I think offensively there’s a couple times during a game when you have an at-bat that can really punch it through and put the other team on their heels. You just look at it, we had a bunch of base runners on there and we just couldn’t get that two-out hit today. Tip your hat to Kansas-State, they did a good job, they competed for nine innings, and they were able to get us at the end.”