WACO, Texas – The Bears defeated visiting Nebraska 8-7 in walk-off fashion in 10 innings on Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark, tying the series up at one game apiece and setting up a rubber game on Sunday.
Redshirt sophomore first baseman Chase Wehsener picked a good time for his first hit of the day, as he delivered an opposite-field single to bring home the game-winning run in Jared McKenzie from second base to walk off the Huskers (1-1).
The Bears (1-1) outhit the Huskers 12-9 on the day and led through the first four frames, 6-1, before a five-run fifth inning for the Huskers, due in part to a grand slam by Aaron Palensky, tied the ballgame up, 6-6.
The Huskers then took a 7-6 lead in the sixth inning off a Ty Roseberry solo home run.
The Bears battled down the stretch, but Husker reliever Max Schreiber kept the Bears off balance through is five innings of work.
In the ninth inning the Bears played small ball to tie things up off Nebraska’s closer Shay Schanaman. Hunter Seay drew a leadoff walk after a great at bat to start things off. Pinch hitter Ryan Bertelsman then legged out an infield single to put two on with nobody out. Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo laid down a beautiful sac bunt to put two in scoring position for the Bears with just one out. Infielder Ricky Martinez then got the job done, tying the ballgame up 7-7 with an infield ground out to second base.
The Bears headed to extra innings with reliever Luke Boyd on the mound. Boyd entered in the top of the ninth and put up a zero, and followed suit with a zero in the 10th.
That set things up for the ninth inning heroics, where Wehsener delivered his first hit of the day, the game winner, after McKenzie led off the inning with a double and the Huskers elected to intentionally walk Andy Thomas ahead of Whesener.
Baylor starter Paul Dickens looked solid through his first four frames, giving up just one run in the first on a solo home run to the leadoff man Cam Chick before getting touched up for five runs on four hits in the fifth inning.
Relievers Daniel Caruso and Tyler Thomas also saw action, with Caruso throwing 2.1 innings, allowing the then-go-ahead homer to Roseberry in the sixth inning and Thomas tossing 1.1 innings of shutout baseball.
Boyd earned the win for the Bears to start off 2020 1-0, while Schanaman took the loss for Nebraska.
STAT OF THE DAY
4 – True freshman Jared McKenzie led the team with 4 hits on the day, 2 of those doubles. He also scored the game-winning run.
The Bears return to action on Sunday, Feb. 16 for game three of the series vs. Nebraska and look to take the series in the rubber game. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. CT at Baylor Ballpark and will be streamed live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.