FRISCO — Tyler Thomas made the most of his first career start for Baylor.
Thomas tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings and Baylor’s offense eventually got rolling as the Bears topped Louisiana Tech, 6-1, in the finale of the Frisco College Classic on Sunday at Dr Pepper Ballpark. The Bears (4-5) salvaged a win out of the weekend after dropping games to Cal on Friday and No. 9 Texas A&M on Saturday.
“It was really good for our guys to get a win,” Baylor coach Steve Rodriguez said. “We finally had some consistency with our play after Friday’s and Saturday’s games. Like I’ve said before, I like the direction this team is headed. It’s games like this that I believe can propel you into more wins.”
Thomas, a freshman left-hander from Keller, struck out five and allowed five hits and no runs before handing off to Kyle Hill with two outs in the fourth. Hill turned in one of his more effective outings of the season in his first relief appearance, giving up two hits and one run in 3.1 innings.
Thomas wasn’t the only BU newcomer who had a major hand in the win. Cole Haring, a junior transfer from McLennan Community College, went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, pushing the Bears into the lead to stay in the fifth inning.
The Bulldogs (7-5) came into the day looking to sweep their way through the tournament, after wins over A&M and Cal. And they took the first lead in the fifth, breaking loose for a run off of Hill. Dalton Skelton smacked a leadoff single to right, and later came around to score on Tanner Huddleston’s RBI single to center.
But Baylor fought back with a three-run bottom of the fifth, taking the lead for good. After tying the game on a Louisiana Tech error, Haring punched a two-run single into right field, giving the Bears a 3-1 edge.
The Bears stretched their lead to 5-1 an inning later. Haring delivered again, with an RBI single, and two batters later, Richard Cunningham chopped a double down the right-field line to drive home another.
Baylor got solid pitching throughout the game. In addition to the efforts of Thomas and Hill, the Bears received a hitless inning apiece from Drew Robertson and Troy Montemayor.
Baylor tacked on an insurance run in the seventh following walks from Shea Langeliers and Davis Wendzel, an Andy Thomas single, and Josh Bissonette’s sacrifice fly.
Hill (1-0) picked up the win for the Bears, while Louisiana Tech starter Logan Bailey (1-1) suffered the loss.
Baylor will move from one professional ballpark to another for its next game. The Bears will face UT-Arlington on Tuesday at Globe Life Park in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers.