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#21 Baylor 6, UW 3

Shea Langeliers homered twice and drove in four runs to power Baylor to a 6-3 win over Washington in the finale of a three game non non-conference series at Husky Ballpark on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

A season high home crowd of 937 saw the Bears (19-9) avert a sweep against the Huskies (16-10) after losing the first two games. They also snapped a modest three game Husky winning streak.

Joe DeMers (3-2) started on the mound for the heads me team and came out throwing strikes. Unfortunately, one of them, on an 0-2 pitch to Langeliers, ended up beyond the reach of a leaping Kyle London and in the visitors bullpen in left field for a solo home run and a 1-0 Baylor lead in the top of the first.   

The Huskies got the run back in the bottom of the first for a 1-1 tie when MJ Hubbs drove a 2-2 pitch from Cody Bradford (4-2) over the wall in right for an opposite field home run, his second of the season.

Baylor regained the lead for good at 4-1 in the top of the third on another  round tripper by Langeliers, his  team leading fifth of the season, over the wall in right with two runners on base.

As they did in their half of the first the Huskies came right back in the bottom of the third, scoring twice to make it 4-3.  WIth one out London got hit by a pitch and Jack Meggs lined a single to left.  After Hubbs flied out to left, Joey Morgan lined a clutch two run single to left center to score London and Meggs.

The Bears upped the lead back to two runs at 5-3 in the top of the fourth when Matt Menard lined a bases loaded single to right to score Tucker Cascadden.  

Menard then added an insurance run for 6-3 with one out in the seventh when he drove an 0-1 pitch from Leo Nierenberg over the right field wall for a solo homer, his second of the season.

The Huskies had plenty of scoring opportunities, getting at least one hit in every inning but the eighth.  Their best chance came in the bottom of the sixth when they loaded the bases on a single by Gage Matuszak and walks to Levi Jordan and AJ Graffanino, but reliever Kyle Hill got London to pop out to shallow right center to end the inning.

Bradford got the win on the mound, going  five and two thirds innings. He allowed three runs, all earned, on seven hits. He walked one and struck out three.  For the Huskies DeMers lasted only three and two thirds innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits.  He also walked one and struck out three.

Baylor closer Troy Montemayor pitched the ninth and gave up a leadoff double to Graffanino but retired the next three Huskies to record his seventh save.

After a day off the Huskies welcome Seattle U to Husky Ballpark for a single non-conference game and then resume Pac-12 play when they visit UCLA for thee games April 7-9. 


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