By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Insider

While the Baylor Bears had more hits in eight innings in Sunday’s series finale than they had in the first two games combined against ninth-ranked Texas Tech, the biggest difference came just to be felt in the clutch.
Directed by by Kyle Nevin five-hit day, the Bears (22-22, 5-13) had five hits with two outs and went 6 for 13 with runners in scoring position to beat the Red Raiders, 11-7, and take a five-game conference losing streak.
“The funny thing is that the last few days we’ve had similar situations, with bases loaded, guys on second and third base, guy on second base. We hit a ball hard, and it It’s right on somebody,” the Baylor coach said. Steve Rodriguez mentioned. “Today was the exact opposite.
“Guys found a way to get the ball in play, whether it was a flare on the left field line or a ground ball on the right side or Kyle Nevin smashing a double into the gap. These are things that have escaped us in recent days. . . . With guys in scoring position, we were able to pull through. I’m just really proud of the guys for the resilience they showed this weekend.
Tech (31-16, 11-7) actually took the lead on a Cole Stillwell first-inning solo homer against the Baylor starter Blake Helton. But, the Bears responded immediately with two-out doubles from Nevin and Cam Caley in the lower half of the frame to go up 3-1.
“I just felt comfortable in the zone today and I was swinging on good pitches and waiting for my pitch,” said Nevin, who tied a program record with three doubles in a Big Game. 12. “And if it came with two strikes, it came with two strikes. But, it’s good to have some hits.”
Or, five, a career high.
Nevin, who had three hits on two hits, is the first Baylor player to have a five-hit game since Shea Langeliers went 5-for-6 with 11 RBIs in a 24-6 win over Omaha on 1st June 2019, in the Los Angeles Regional.
“Coach Ben (Breazeale) and Coach Rod really insisted that I hit pitches in the zone,” Nevin said. “It really helped me see the ball early in the count and dismiss those throws that maybe earlier in the year I was chasing a bit, really emphasizing that my shot is being thrown. “
Making his first start since opening weekend, Helton had a season-high 2.0 inning, giving up one run on four hits and one walk while throwing 37 pitches and coming away with a lead of 7-1.
“It was good having Blake there,” Rodriguez said. “We have to make his throw count. Hopefully he can play a starting role. You can tell he doesn’t have the stamina. So we’re fighting against that.”
Helton, who pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings and one-hit relief in last weekend’s series at Texas, said “it was really good to be back on the mound. “.
“Hopefully I can just build from here and do more and more races every week,” he said.
In the second inning, Nevin chased down starter Tech Trendan Parish (2-2) with a three-run brace and scored on what amounted to a single Caley swing.
Jace Jung welcomed Baylor’s reliever Matt Volker (4-5) with his 12and circuit of the year at the start of the third run. But, the Bears responded again, scoring four runs in the fourth inning on a double from Nevin, three walks and singles scored by Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo and Jacob Shoenvogel to extend the lead to 11-2.
Harrison Caley took a walk loaded with basics. . . Antonio (Valdez) walked four times. Everyone wants to swing and get big RBIs, but it was the joy of watching the guys. When you see that, you’re proud of it,” Rodriguez said. “Don’t force a hit because you want to get a hit, force a hit because you’re getting a good pitch to hit. That’s the big difference today.”
Voelker gave up a two-run homer to Ty Coleman in the fifth and another run in the sixth, but worked until the eighth, pitching a season-high five innings. The Red Raiders added a pair of unearned runs in the eighth, but Adam Muirhead finished it with one strikeout and one rush after hitting back-to-back batters in the ninth.
Matt Volker came and did a phenomenal job,” Rodriguez said. “You can tell he’s tired, it was a hot day. He was there for a while, our offense was there for a while. The fact that he jumps back and forth was a really impressive thing of him. We wanted him to come back, we wanted to turn him up a bit.”
Jack Pineda (3 for 5), Cam Caley (2-for-4) and Shoenvogel (2-for-4) also had multiple hit days for the Bears, while Stillwell, Coleman and Dillon Carter combined six of Tech’s 10 hits and drove in four short.
Baylor hosts Tarleton State (13-30) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and will pause for final exams before a road series at Kansas State May 13-15 in Manhattan, Kan. The Bears went 2-2 this week, rallying from a five-point deficit to defeat Incarnate Word, 8-7 on Tuesday.

THE SUMMARY

WACO, TX- Kyle Nevin sparked Baylor Baseball (22-22, 5-13) to an 11-7 win over No. 9 Texas Tech (31-16, 11-7) Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.

Nevin recorded the Bears’ first five-hit game of the season and tied the program record for most doubles in a Big 12 game with three. He also had four points to tie his career high, while Jack Pineda, Cam Caley and Jacob Schoenvogel combined to add seven hits and five more RBIs in the winning effort.

Although Tech hit first with a solo homer top of the first, BU responded quickly with three runs in the bottom half. Nevin doubled to Pineda, then scored on Caley’s two-run brace that was just inches from the left field line.

The Bears tackled four more in the second to take a 7-1 advantage behind Nevin’s two goals. A pair of steps and a single from Pineda allowed the Baylor cleanup man to extend his RBI tally to 43 on the year.

Starter BU Blake Helton came out after two innings, making his first start since the opening weekend of the season, and handed the ball to Matt Volker who then pitched the next five innings. He kept the Red Raiders in check and was given a four-run fourth inning by his green-and-gold teammates.


It was a Harrison Caley marching with the bases pressed, followed by a Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo a single that made Baylor lead 9-2 after a TTU home run in the fourth. Schoenvogel kept the line moving with a two-point shot to make it 11-2.

The Red Raiders would scratch a little more throughout the final innings, but Adam Muirhead managed to finish it for the Bears without allowing a run for the final six outs. BU avoided the sweep as they salvaged the series for their second top-10 win of the season.

REMARKS
• Baylor picked up their second victory over a top-10 opponent in 2022, going 13-20 against such teams in the Steve Rodriguez time.
• Baylor is now 6-8 against a Texas Tech team ranked in the top 10 under Rodriguez.
• BU improved to 7-4 on Sunday and 7-2 wearing their gold shirts.
• The Bears improved to 14-3 when they beat their opponent and scored double-digit hits for 17and time this year.
• Baylor extended their streak to 23 consecutive games with an extra hit.
• The Bears have two or more XBHs in 12 of their last 13 games.
Kyle Nevin recorded a career-high five hits, becoming the first Baylor player to have such a game since Shea Langeliers did on June 1, 2019 in the Los Angeles Regional against Omaha.
• Nevin tied the program record for most doubles in a Big 12 game with three.
• Nevin also equaled his career high with four RBIs, his 13and multi-RBI performance of the season.
Jack Pineda landed his 16and multi-hit game of the season.
Cam Caley recorded his second multi-hit and multi-RBI efforts of 2022.
Jacob Schoenvogel won his second multi-hit game and first multi-RBI of the year.
Antonio Valdez walked four times to tie the program record for walks in a Big 12 game.
Matt Volker set a season high with five strikeouts and five innings pitched in relief. He also picked up his fourth win of the season.



GAME STATS
5 – Kyle Nevin recorded a career-high five hits, including three doubles that tied Baylor’s all-time record for doubles in a Big 12 game.

BEST QUOTES

The head coach Steve Rodriguez

On the performance of the attack…
“The funny thing is the last few days we’ve had similar situations, with bases loaded, guys on second and third base, a guy on second base, we hit a ball hard and it’s right on somebody. Today was the exact opposite. Guys were finding a way to put the ball in play, whether it was a flare on the left field line or a ball on the ground on the right side or Kyle Nevin smashing a double into the gap. These are just things that have been slipping away from us for the past few days. So to keep our guys doing what they’ve been doing, just lay down some good sticks throughout the game. With guys in scoring position today, we managed to pull through, and I’m really proud of the guys for the resilience they showed this weekend. »



Second year DE Kyle Nevin

On saving the series…
“Definitely huge. Great momentum. We have Tarleton this Tuesday and then we have ten days off. So just showing that we can fight and beat these great teams. The offense came to play and the throwing kept us in the match. It was definitely a great team win.”

Junior HRP Blake Helton

On his first start since February…
“It was really good to be back on the mound. I’ve been watching in the dugout for a while. Last week at UT I went a bit over a run. It was nice to be able to get another start .Hopefully, I can just build from here and get more and more innings each week.”

AND AFTER
Baylor (22-22) hosts Tarleton (13-30) for a midweek game on Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. CT at Baylor Ballpark.

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