EDINBURG, Texas — Baylor baseball dropped the series finale to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, 7-4 on Monday at UTRGV Stadium in Edinburg, Texas. The Bears (1-2) fell behind early and could not complete the comeback against the Vaqueros (2-1).
UTRGV struck first in the bottom half of the opening frame after scoring following an error and fielder’s choice to go up 1-0. The Bears had an answer in the second inning with a run of their own when second-year freshman Tre Richardson singled, fourth-year junior Davion Downey walked before sophomore transfer Antonio Valdez ripped an RBI-single to tie things up at 1-1.
The Vaqueros came away with three more runs in the second inning to go up 4-1. Baylor got one run back after Big 12 Newcomer of the Week Jared McKenzie got things started with a single up the middle. Following a wild pitch and ground out, second-year freshman Kyle Nevin stepped up to the plate and hit one through the right side to score McKenzie from third, making it 4-2.
UTRGV scratched across one in the fourth to push their advantage back to three runs. Later on in the sixth inning, the Bears got one run back with an RBI-groundout to trim the deficit to 5-3. In the bottom of the seventh, the Vaqueros added to the lead after scoring on an error.
The Bears were not done, as BU scored a run in the eighth to make it 6-4, however, the Vaqueros added the insurance run back in the bottom of the frame. With two runners on the in the top of the ninth a fly out ended the game to give UTRGV the 7-4 win.
Fifth-year senior Jimmy Winston (0-1) was tabbed with the loss, while UTRGV’s Colten Davis (1-0) earned the win and Chases Bridges (1) got the save.
- Richardson finished with a career high in hits after going 3-for-4, while also scoring two runs. The shortstop has a .429 (6-for-14) average to start the season.
- McKenzie tallied another hit on the season as he has a .467 batting average through the first three games.
- First-year freshman pitcher Grant Golomb impressed with two scoreless innings.
The Bears are set to play in the Round Rock Classic at Dell Diamond beginning this weekend Feb. 26-28. BU will take on Texas A&M at 6 p.m. on Friday, Auburn at 12 p.m. on Saturday and Oklahoma in a non-conference matchup on Sunday at 5 p.m.
From Baylor Bears Communications staff reports