The Baylor baseball team feels tested and ready to begin big 12 play this weekend when West Virginia comes to town.
The Bears started the season 8-0 against Holy Cross, Fordham and Dallas Baptist, but they have gone 5-6 since, with some very good teams in that mix. Junior Andy Thomas who missed a lot of time early in the season recovering from Mono, but he’s back to being a centerpiece for the Baylor line-up and he feels like Baylor is finding their stride.
“We feel good right now,” he said. “We battled hard against Sam Houston on Tuesday and came up short, but we’re really happy with how we’re swinging the bats and the pitcher is just getting better and better each week so we’re excited.”
Coach Steve Rodriguez has spent much of the first part of the season shuffling players in and out of the line-up but he likes the way his team has responded to some of those hardships.
“We have some really good depth that I’m excited about,” he said. “I really like how our guys compete on a day-in-and-day-out basis. They’ve faced some pretty good pitchers. They’ve battled some adversity. They’ve battled through some injuries some sickness. That says a lot about your team when you have a lot of things that are outside your control. and you’re able to handle those and have that next guy up mentality, I’m really proud of how our guys have come up and risen to the occasion.”
First pitch between the Bears and Mountaineers will be Friday at 6:30pm at Baylor Ballpark.