WACO, Texas – The Bears defeated visiting Nebraska 7-2 on Sunday afternoon to take the series 2-1 at Baylor Ballpark.
The Bears (2-1) outhit the Cornhuskers (1-2) 9-8 on the day, with 6 of their seven runs coming with two outs. The Bears also took advantage of Nebraska defensive miscues, an error in the third and a passed ball in the fifth to plate runs.
Freshmen Tre Richardson and Jared McKenzie each had two hits on the day, along with fellow newcomers junior college transfer Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo. McKenzie and Nick Loftin led the way with two RBI apiece.
Nebraska got on the board first, adding one run in the second and one in the third off Baylor starter Hayden Kettler. But that would be all they would generate, as Kettler would put up zeroes in the fourth and fifth to finish off his season debut, followed by 2.1 scoreless from freshman Evan Godwin and 1.2 scoreless from Ryan Leckich.
Down 0-2, the Bears came through in a big way in the bottom of the third inning. After Husker starter Cade Povich had the Bears off-balance through the first two frames, striking out five of the first six batters he faced, Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo connected on the first hit of the day for the Bears, a one-out single. The first run of the day for the Bears then came as the Bears capitalized on a fielding error by the Nebraska third baseman Loftin then came through with a two-run triple to give the Bears the lead, 3-2.
The Bears added one more in the fifth on heads-up base running by Richardson, who came home from third on a passed ball.
In the sixth, the Bears broke open the game, adding three runs on two hits. Richardson delivered a sac fly and McKenzie connected on a two-out single back up the middle to plate the final two runs of the day, giving the Bears a 7-2 lead.
Kettler earned the win to improve to 1-0 on the year, while Nebraska starter Povich took the loss after giving up four unearned runs on seven hits in 4.0 innings of work.
STAT OF THE DAY
6 – 6 of the Bears’ 7 runs on the day came with two outs.
The Bears return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 18 as they host Arkansas-Pine Bluff. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. CT at Baylor Ballpark and will be streamed live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. Tickets to the game are only $3. Please visit baylorbears.com/tickets for more information and to purchase tickets.