Baylor 11, Wright State 5
After falling in heartbreaking style to the number one seed Stanford on Friday night in 13 innings, the Wright State Raiders were booted from the Stanford regional, losing to Baylor 11-5.
Baylor jumped on top early as third baseman Davis Wendzel hit an RBI double to make it 1-0 in just the first inning. Wright State answered right back in the bottom of the first as first baseman Gabe Snyder hit an RBI double to knot the game at one.
Baylor didn’t waste any time to get back out into the lead as left fielder T.J. Raguse hit an RBI single to make it a 2-1 ball game.
The score stayed the same all the way up until the fourth when the Bears extended their lead by putting up another two runs.
Outfielder Cole Haring led off the inning for Baylor with a single and advanced to second due to an error. Second baseman Josh Bissonette would bunt him over and Haring wound up scoring on a fielder’s choice error. Shortstop Nick Loftin hit an RBI double that drove in Bissonette and extended the Bears lead to 4-1.
Wright State started to chip away at the Baylor lead and scored a run in each inning from the fourth inning to the sixth inning and tied the game up at four. The game would stay tied for just one more inning before the Bears poured on tons of offense.
Baylor went on to score four runs in the top of the eighth to extend their lead to 8-4. Then another three runs in the top of the ninth to make it an 11-4 ball game heading into the bottom of the ninth. The Raiders were able to push one run across in the bottom of the ninth, but, they fell 11-5.
Wendzel paced the Baylor offense as he went 2-for-5 with three RBI and a double. Baylor pitcher Kyle Hill picked up the win out of the bullpen behind 2.1 scoreless innings and three strikeouts. Wright State pitcher Dylan Hendrixson got the loss out of the bullpen after allowing four runs on seven hits in just one inning of work.
Stanford and Cal State Fullerton provide a late-night thriller in Stanford Regional action.
Cal State Fullerton 2, Stanford 1
On Friday night, it was Stanford who won in walk-off fashion, however, on Saturday night, they got walked-off on. It was a pitchers duel that saw the Titans come out on top as pinch-hitter Jace Chamberlain hit a walk-off home run.
Despite a great performance from Stanford pitcher Kris Bubic that saw him throw seven innings and give up one run and strike out a career-high ten guys, the number two national seed and the host of the Stanford regional fell to the three seed Cal State Fullerton Titans.
All season long, the Stanford pitching has been great and that continued, however,the timely hitting the offense usually exhibited to win games fell off last night as they went 2-for-10 as a team with runners in scoring position. Credit has to be given to the Cal State Fullerton pitching staff who was absolutely phenomenal.
Titans’ starting pitcher Tommy Wilson went six innings, giving up only one run, three hits and striking out six on his way to a no-decision. Brett Conine entered in relief when the game was locked at one and he did exactly what he needed, throwing three innings and giving up three hits, no runs and striking out five. He picked up the win.
Cal State Fullerton jumped on top in the first inning when catcher Daniel Cope hit an RBI sacrifice fly to put the Titans up 1-0. There was no offense seen until the top of the sixth when Stanford put up there first and only run of the ballgame. Tim Tawa’s RBI-triple locked the game at one until the bottom of the ninth.
Then, in the bottom of the ninth, Cal State Fullerton won in walk-off fashion, thanks to pinch-hitter Jace Chamberlain. The big man hit an absolute bomb to send the Titans into the championship game.
Game 1 (Elimination Game): No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 2 Baylor, 1:00 p.m. PST
The number two national seed the Stanford Cardinal will be looking to fight off elimination in this game against Baylor. These are two teams that are very unfamiliar with each other as they haven’t played once in the past ten years. It should be a good one to watch.
Game 2 (Regional Championship): No. 3 Cal State Fullerton vs. Winner of Game 1
Cal State Fullerton is looking to advance to their second straight super-regional and they could wind up doing it against the same team they beat last year to get there the Stanford Cardinal. Last year, they beat Stanford in the second round and then in the championship, could they do it again? Whether it is Baylor or Stanford, that comes away winners of game one, they are going to have to win two games to get to a super regional.