Baylor Press Release
By: Rachel Caton
WACO, Texas – No. 12/15 Baylor baseball continued its strong start to the 2019 season on Saturday, taking both ends of a doubleheader with two 8-5 victories over Holy Cross at Baylor Ballpark.
The Bears (3-0) used a pair of late comebacks and a walk-off home run by Ryan Bertelsman to sweep both games over the Crusaders (0-3).
In game one, Baylor saw itself trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth before the offense pushed across two runs on a Holy Cross throwing error and Richard Cunningham sacrifice fly. The Bears then knotted the score in the seventh inning thanks to consecutive RBI knocks by Josh Bissonette and Cole Haring.
After the Crusaders climbed ahead 5-4 in the top of the 10th, the Bears rallied back in the bottom half with a Nick Loftin lead off single and a Davion Downey RBI double that tied the game. The next batter, Chase Wehsener, walked and Bertelsman followed with the game-winning home run.
In game two, the Bears spotted Holy Cross a two-run lead in the top of the third after committing three errors and allowing three walks. However, in the bottom half Baylor promptly answered with back-to-back singles by Cunningham and Loftin, an RBI groundout by Langeliers, and an RBI single by Downey to tie the score 2-2.
Holy Cross took the lead back in the fifth after scoring three runs, but that’s all they would get as the Bears got solid contributions out of junior lefty Paul Dickens and redshirt sophomore right-hander Daniel Caruso out of the pen.
Baylor pushed across one run in the fifth, two in the sixth, and three in the seventh to steam ahead 8-5. Bertelsman and Loftin each added an RBI apiece and Davis Wendzel drove in two more runs.
Cunningham was a stellar 5-for-5 in the night cap with three extra base hits, including a two-run triple. He came up a home run shy of the cycle.
The two Baylor wins clinched a series victory over the Crusaders with the four-game finale still to follow on Sunday.